Published on Sunday, April 1, 2012 by Common Dreams
US Moves Towards Intervention in Syria
60 nations pledge to pay, support Syrian rebels
- Common Dreams staff
The United States has pledged to provide money and communications assistance to rebels in Syria, who have been clashing with the Syrian government.
World leaders gather to discuss the clashes in Syria (Photo: Associated Press) At least 60 nations, including the US, have pledged $100 million to pay opposition fighters in Syria, according to the New York Times. The Obama administration has also agreed "to send communications equipment to help rebels organize and evade Syrias military."
This would mark the second time since Arab nations began uprisings against their governments in early 2011 that the US has taken such a direct role in an Arab conflict. The United States took an interventionist role in Libya last year -- who like Syria had a testy diplomatic relationship with the US.
The United States has not intervened on behalf of pro-democracy activists in countries where they have strong geopolitical relationships with the government, such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. This has led critics to allege that the United States intervenes in the name of geopolitical self-interest, and not a commitment to democracy or human rights in the region. Many have expressed opposition to US intervention in Syria.
You call this limited logistical and humanitarian aid going to war?
Of course I do, Counselor,
but there's no need for me to make the call,
or to rely on you or Obama, or the Hag, or AIPAC, or the oil companies, or the EU, or NATO, or Netanyahu to do so.
The cards speak for themselves, you see;
just as they did in our last war: Libya,
just as they always have.
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