According to Reuters and other media sources the UK has now officially recognised the Syrian rebels as the opposition in Syria. Britain has joined countries such as France that have already taken this course. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague made the necessary statement in Parliament today. Earlier today TEK reported on the story that radical Islamists in Aleppo Syria had voiced concerns over the opposition. They have rejected them as nothing more than puppets of the west.
You can understand where they are coming from. Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan quickly springs to mind. He holds court over a fragile government. He is politically propped up by the West. Do the people really want him? Only they know.
Currently Karzai is flexing what political muscle he has over a dispute with the US. He wants the transfer of US built prisons to Afghans to be completed as soon as possible. He claims that the US are back pedaling. In the prisons are a number of Afghans being held by the US forces. Afghan courts have acquitted the 57 prisoners at the heart of this disagreement but the US has failed to follow an agreed timescale to release the prisoners and hand over the prisons.
As the West increases its support for the Syrian opposition the next step could be sending them arms. France has been pushing for this for some time. The UK to date has been reticent to do so. Now it has recognised the rebels as a legitimate opposition weapons could be on the way.
"Her majesty's government has decided to recognize the national coalition of Syrian revolution and opposition forces as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," Hague told parliament.
The national coalition of Syrian revolution was formed with the purpose of securing foreign aid and weapons to help their fight against Assad and his regime. They remain a farily uknown quantity. Many in Syria believe they are part of a Western Conspiracy.
Islamist rebel groups in the Syrian city of Aleppo say they reject the new Western-backed opposition coalition. In an internet video, they denounced what they called "the conspiratorial project" and said they intend to establish an "Islamist state" in Syria.
The UK Coalition government were not formed with a large enough majority to make such decisive decisions as recognising revolutionaries abroad.. It may not be the will of the British people who after all they are supposed to represent. Our government keeps taking the side of rebels, insurgents by any other name, as long as it is useful for us to do so.
We should all look to Libya in order to see what can happen. Are we gong to help another country during a civil war. Taking sides sets precedents. A civil war is just that not a global conflict. We are in danger though of creating a global conflict. Of course Israel and Gaza's current altercation could be part of a wider conspiracy.
Perhaps elections in various countries and uprisings are all part of the same plan. Far fetched? Yes of course it is but something is going on. Are we looking at becoming embroiled in yet anther conflict? More money thrown here and there whilst the people of the UK are told to tighten their belts? What is really at stake? We will have our own agenda when all is said and done.
According to the BBC Hague said:
Hague may be impressed but he is not Syrian. That says it all.