Christopher Lee

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Why Oh Why does UK back rebels? Because PM’s wife tells him to do so

16th July 2013

The UK is sending anti-chemical warfare kit to the Syrian rebels.  That’s very good.  It means that the rebels can protect themselves while they use the crude version of CW.

If we’re to believe the nudge-nudge coming from Whitehall, one person influencing PM Cameron’s decision to arm-up rebels is his wife, Mrs Cameron.  She’s been to refugee camps and amazingly thinks the way to help the refugees and future refugees is to arm the rebels.  These are the same rebels who met a few days ago and when there was disagreement, one lot (the Islamists) killed the leader of the other lot.  Mrs Cameron stay out of this.  You’re a smashing well meaning lady but this is not something you understand.  You’ve been sold a line in Jordan and you’ve met with tragedy.  The decision about army rebels has to be taken by someone who can stop back from that.

Now Mrs Cameron and the increasingly neo-con William Hague believe its just fine to send CW protection.  That they say is a gift from the people of the UK. Rot. Every poll, every bit of anecdotal evidence, every bit of advice to Downing Street from the chiefs of staff is simple: it’s too late Mr Cameron. Do not arm the rebels. No one can any longer control who gets the weapons.

Hague tells the Commons today the the “gift from the UK” as he calls it consists of 5,000 escape hoods and nerve-gas pre-treatment tablets – just what a rebel needs for protection when preparing to use CW.  The UN thinks rebels are using CW. Cameron and Co don’t both to mention this.  Publicly, as Mr Hague says, the UK is sending this stuff to the “Supreme Military Council of the Syrian National Coalition which the UK recognizes as the sole legitimate representatives of the Syrian people.” Wonder how he explain the Islamist hold, especially in parts of eastern Syria on the energy, water, food supplies and medical treatment that the Syrians find so welcome.

British aid to the rebels so far comes to about £350 million. It helps keep the war going.  The war is not going Mrs Cameron’s way.  President Assad’s lot seem to be doing better. Best send a few more weapons next month plus a bunch of special forces who can tell them how to use them.

It is an absolute puzzle how Cameron & Hague are the only people in the UK who think it’s a good idea to arm the rebels.  Perhaps Mrs Cameron should explain.

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