The Aleppo campaign seems bogged down by lack of dry powder.They agree to disagree. But one thing is certain, they don’t seem to really want a free functioning liberal democracy with both secular and religious rights in harmony side by side. Like a Skinner Box, they seem ready to feed the Free Syrian Army enough pellets to keep them functioning, but not enough to actually take over. Looks like Iran/Iraq War part II. Its the fine line by design between utter chaos and the new, which more closely resembled recycled trash. So much for this new coalition of the willing.In the meantime, the Palestine question is like an overdue library book that has been forgotten….
One outcome of the Arab Spring cannot be contested: Its been great in ratcheting up arms sales to regimes worrying about the domino effect…
(see link at end) …But the Jordanians and the Turks are hesitant. Turkey is allowing some weapons in but there are a lot of restrictions. People are waiting for a shift after the US election.”…
Another growing problem is a lack of co-ordination between Qatar and the Saudis – the likely subject of Wednesday’s talks in Doha between the Emir and the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar. King Abdullah is said to be growing impatient with the difficulties of the Syrian crisis. According to Syrian opposition activists, the Saudis now sponsor only rebel groups which are at odds with those backed by Qatar and Turkey, which are often linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The Qataris are much more proactive than the Saudis,” said one well-placed Arab source. “The Saudis are not interested in democracy, they just want to be rid of Bashar. They would be happy with a Yemeni solution that gets rid of the president and leaves the regime intact.”
Intelligence chiefs from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and France reportedly met in Turkey in early September along with the CIA director general, David Petraeus. But they apparently failed to reach agreement on a co-ordinated strategy.
US officials say the opaque nature of the opposition and the creeping presence of foreign jihadis are behind their pressure on Riyadh and Doha. “They have both been given a yellow light by the Americans,” said a Lebanese minister aligned to the Future movement. “The Saudis see yellow as yellow, but the Qataris have seen it as green. Read More:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/10/arms-supplies-syrian-rebels-rivalries