The crisis in Syria has been the main focus of mainstream media attention for the last few days, due to the Obama administration announcing they would be arming the opposition in Syria because of so called evidence that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on armed opposition during the first few months of 2013. This of course means Assad has crossed Obama's mighty 'red-line' which means the United States and her allies (UK, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) are now going to step up support for the opposition, mainly the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Though the Obama administration hasn't clearly specified what type of weapons will be sent to the opposition in Syria, it is well understood that this support will include shipments of anti-aircraft missile launchers, modern assault rifles and armored vehicles to counter the Syrian Arab Army and potentially the balance of power in this 2 year long civil war.
And although a Libya style no-fly zone has been speculated about it looks unlikely that this will happen as the Obama administration has said recently: "it will be dramatically more difficult and costly to set up a no-fly zone in Syria than Libya and there is no U.S. national interest in pursuing intense, open-ended military engagement via a Syria no-fly zone".
However, all speculation aside let's take a look at the type of people who will be getting these new sophisticated weapon shipments and then ask yourself, how could anything possibly go wrong?
But don't worry, expert on international security David Cameron has said that the "bad guys" will be "driven out" and that only the "good guys" will be getting the weapons. He also downplays the sizable role Islamic militants play in the armed opposition to Assad and if you don't understand the scale of this role then here is something for you.
There is literally only one major city in Syria which Bashar al-Assad does not control and that is Raqqa City in Northern Syria which was seized by opposition forces back in March following an intense 3-day battle between both sides.
Now according to both opposition sources AND regime sources the city has been placed under strict Sharia Law by Islamic militants from the group known as Jabhat al-nusra which is fighting to replace the Assad regime with an Islamic state like 90s era Afghanistan. There have been reports of public executions and mass rapes and almost if not the entire Christian population of Raqqa has fled in fear of being either killed or coverted to Islam.
|Flag of al-qaeda over Raqqa Square|
And this is just one city under rebel control, imagine the entire country under rebel control for a second, what do you think will happen to Syria's 2,500,000 Christians? (10% of the population). How well do you think they will co-exist with the new Islamist rulers of Syria? Let's face it, Assad isn't perfect in any sense but he offers Syria stability and the people safety from ideologies such as Sharia Law and minorities such as Christians and Druze have prospered during his secular reign of power. Why would you want to fix something which isn't broken or was that Obama's plan from very the begining?
Please watch this new short documentry on the situation in Syria (above) by Nick Griffin who visited Syria recently and witnessed first hand what is actually happening there. And remember, if we can wake enough people up about what is happening then we can change the course of history.