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[*] posted on 11-8-2012 at 14:44
Once the oil runs out the Middle East will become a very different place, and the billionaire sheikhs and Western-style playboys will be replaced by something much more akin to the Taleban. Our experience in Afghanistan proves that there isn't much we can do about that, so we might as well get used to leaving the Middle East to stew in its own juice.
John Barnes

[*] posted on 10-8-2012 at 22:20
Britain just cant help sticking their nosey beaks into affairs that have nothing do with us,

[*] posted on 10-8-2012 at 18:08
From what I read, this "civil" war now has religious and ethnic characteristics, and the increased strength of radical Islamic groups suggests that the alternative to Assad's regime may be a hell of a long way from being democratic.

Yugoslavia, anyone?

[*] posted on 10-8-2012 at 12:39
As far as I'm aware the Free Syrian Army aren't involved in terrorist attacks on mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, so there is a significant difference between the two.

The American funding of the IRA was disgraceful and the blood of innocent victims will remain on their hands for ever. waggyfinger

[*] posted on 10-8-2012 at 11:20
Fair point.

[*] posted on 10-8-2012 at 11:17
but we are funding Syrian rebels

Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK's commitment of an extra 5m in non-lethal equipment to the Free Syrian Army is "the right thing to do".

The extra practical support for the opposition FSA will include more radio and satellite equipment, as well as portable power generators.

However, the assistance will not include any weapons.

The "right thing to do"?