According to Reuters:
‘Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to “moderate” Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials’.
But hawks will, i’m sure, continue to argue that the U.S. et al are sitting on their hands and doing nothing while Syria burns, and that military intervention is required.
Nevermind that they’ve been military intervening since at least May 2012, and that their gun running has contributed to the escalation of the war, and so by extension the numbers of people being killed, injured, displaced and generally immiserated.
Indeed, Bruce Reidel, described by Reuters as ‘a former senior CIA analyst and sometime foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama’, is quoted as saying that:
‘The Syrian war is a stalemate. The rebels lack the organization and weapons to defeat Assad; the regime lacks the loyal manpower to suppress the rebellion. Both sides’ external allies… are ready to supply enough money and arms to fuel the stalemate for the foreseeable future’.
Personally, I have no problem in recognising that states like Russia and Iran, who are backing the Syrian regime militarily and diplomatically, are also helping to fuel the conflict for their own amoral strategic reasons.
But this narrative of the U.S. et al standing on the sidelines impotently agitating for peace is naive at best.
They are a party to the conflict, and the blood is on their hands as well.