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BBC: Francois Hollande defends Syria weapons plan


France’s president has defended his plan to supply arms to Syria’s rebels, as activists mark two years since the anti-government uprising began. Speaking after an EU meeting, Francois Hollande said the rebels had given guarantees that weapons would not fall into the wrong hands. An estimated 70,000 people have been killed and one million have fled Syria. Russia remains an ally of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposes arming the rebels. The Syrian government characterises all of the rebels as “armed gangs” or foreign-backed “terrorists”. To mark Syria’s anniversary, the International Committee of the Red Cross urged world leaders to put pressure on both sides to stop attacks on civilians. “It is deplorable that high numbers of civilian casualties are now a daily occurrence,” said Robert Mardini, who heads ICRC operations in the Middle East. “These ongoing violations of international humanitarian law and of basic humanitarian principles by all sides must stop.” The unrest began on 15 March 2011 with nationwide protests following arrests in the southern city of Deraa.

Its absolutely crazy how 2 years have already passed that Syria has been going through turmoil. Imagine the 70,000 killed and 1 million refugees in just 2 years! The number will undoubtedly increase if a solution is not put into action as soon as possible. The government can’t justify killing every opposing civilian and Assad is no closer to being dead. Something has to happen to bring all the violence to an end. Although its nice for the civilians to have some support, it’s not actually 100% guaranteed that “weapons would not fall into the wrong hands.” What if they do, then what? This is pathetic “A number of explosions and suicide attacks have been blamed on armed groups believed to have links to al-Qaeda and the rebels.” Seriously, even if you are worlds apart, people will find a way to blame everything on al-Qaeda. And for the Syrian government to characterises all of the rebels as “armed gangs” or foreign-backed “terrorists” is just as pathetic. As if the government is not committing terrorist acts against innocent civilians! People need to take responsibility for their own actions instead of looking for a scape-goat.

To read the article, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21796002

date Posted on: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm
Category Syria.
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