Thursday, June 20, 2013
Putin To UK PM:'Syrian Rebels The Same As Those Who Killed UK Soldier In London'
Russian President Vladimir Putin had some words to say at the G8 summit to UK PM David Cameron about the proposed arming of the Syrian rebels, as Russia blocked a joint G8 resolution on ousting the Assad regime:
Arming the Syrian rebels could deliver weapons into the hands of the sort of people who killed Drummer Lee Rigby, Vladimir Putin warned.
The Russian president drew a direct parallel with the "violent assassination" of the soldier in Woolwich as he set out his hostility to Western efforts to aid the opposition to Basher Assad's regime.
Mr Putin spoke out at a press conference marking the close of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland which produced a joint position from world leaders that could pave the way for a peace conference to find a way out of the deadly struggle for control of the Middle Eastern country. [...]
Britain and France - both in the G8 - led efforts to lift an EU arms embargo but Prime Minister David Cameron insists no decision to do so has been taken amid a political backlash at Westminster against any such escalation of British involvement.
Asked about the issue, Mr Putin, speaking through an interpreter, defended his decision to continue supplying weapons to the regime, which he said was no more than completing legal contracts.
And in a direct message to Mr Cameron, he added: "Recently the British people suffered a huge loss. It was a tragedy next to his barracks on the streets of London. A violent assassination, a very brutal killing of a British serviceman.
"Clearly the opposition is not composed all of this but many of them are exactly the same as the ones who perpetrated the killing in London.
"If we equip these people, if we arm them what is going to control and verify who is going to have these weapons, including in Europe as well.
"So we call all our partners, before making this dangerous step, think about it very carefully."
Putin is exactly correct. The Syrian jihadis have the same ideology and goals as the British Muslims who grabbed a British soldier in London in broad daylight, chopped his head off while they screamed 'Allahu akbar' and then talked to horrified passerbys about how it was done for the glory of Islam.
While Russia is making a huge mistake aiding and abetting Iran, there's no longer any room for us to badmouth him. Putin, of course, comes from a country with a 400 year history of fighting jihad. The West, particularly President Obama, has gone from at least some degree of resistance to jihad to arming, funding and and training it.