U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded his meeting with Qatar’s prime minister this past week, wherein he discussed the developing situation in Syria and the international community’s role in the conflict. Both Qatar and the Saudi Arabian government have been extremely vocal advocates of providing weaponry to the rebellion, and are trying to get other Arab states to coalesce around the cause. Kerry announced that the United States government had committed around $60 million in food and medical aid to the opposition movement, and expressed confidence in the hope that weapons are ending up in the hands of the “right” people (read: rebels). The meeting also included discussions of tightening sanctions from multiple nations towards the Syrian regime.
It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see what Secretary Kerry was implying here. To imply that weapons were being handed over to rebels but explicitly state that his government wasn’t necessarily responsible for it is nothing short of an outright lie. It can only be a matter of time before U.S.-supplied small arms end up in the wrong hands and are used to murder U.N. peacekeepers or Red Cross humanitarian workers, much as the Department of Justice allowed under the hamfisted leadership of Obama’s appointed AG Eric Holder. Alternatively, this could prelude an increased involvement by the Americans that could eventually result in a military occupation, similar to the humanitarian crisis seen in Somalia in 1993, where warlord Mohammed Farrah Adid held Red Cross food drops hostage until the international community was forced to respond.