Two Senators Say U.S. Should Arm Syrian Rebels
KABUL, Afghanistan — With the Syrian government continuing its deadly crackdown on its citizens, two senior American senators who were on their way to the Middle East spoke out strongly on Sunday in favor of arming the Syrian opposition forces.
The two Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, laid out a series of diplomatic, humanitarian and military aid proposals that would put the United States squarely behind the effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran.
Syria relies on Iran for financial and military support, and the governments in Damascus and Tehran have sectarian ties as well: Iran has strongly backed the Syrian Shiite minority and the offshoot Alawite sect that dominates Syria’s ruling class.
“I believe there are ways to get weapons to the opposition without direct United States involvement,” Mr. McCain said. “The Iranians and the Russians are providing Bashar Assad with weapons. People that are being massacred deserve to have the ability to defend themselves.”
“So I am not only not opposed,” he said, “but I am in favor of weapons being obtained by the opposition.”
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McCain and Graham Suggest Helping Syrian Rebels
Do ANY of you remember a movie a while back called Charlie Wilson’s War? The movie starred Tom Hanks, a libber that was well suited to bring life to the REAL Charlie Wilson.
Charlie Wilson’s War is a 2007 American biographical comedy drama film recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX) who partnered with “bare knuckle attitude” CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan Mujahideen in their resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. SOURCE
Do ANY of you know the REAL story of Charlie Wilson and his war? Do you know the *back story*? The one that the Hollywood media didn’t tell you about? What the efforts of Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrakotos brought on? Both good and bad?
The initial Soviet deployment of the 40th Army in Afghanistan began on December 24, 1979 under Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. The final troop withdrawal started on May 15, 1988, and ended on February 15, 1989 under the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Due to the interminable nature of the war, the conflict in Afghanistan has sometimes been referred to as the “Soviet Union’s Vietnam War” or “the Bear Trap”. SOURCE
During the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan the Mujahideen were fighting against the Afghan government and Russian military power was kicking them to death, literally killing the Mujahideen in great numbers and they were in danger of being wiped out.
So, a small group of CIA operatives, backed by bleeding heart Texas Democrat Charlie Wilson, secured the funds to buy and supply the Mujahideen with better weapons. Among other things, they were given shoulder fired rockets that were capable of bringing down the formidable Soviet Mi-24 helicopter gunship.
Once the Mujahideen had a way to bring down the most powerful and dangerous weapon in the Soviet arsenal the Mujahideen were well on their way to defeating the Soviet army, which, in turn, brought on the fall of the Soviet Union and the destruction of the Berlin Wall.
The U.S. and several other nations equipped the Mujahideen well, and they were frugal with their weapons too, they saved them for future use, so to speak.
Fast forward to 2002 and our invasion of Afghanistan.
We went into Afghanistan to exact revenge on Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida cohorts. But who was al-Qaida? Where did they come from and where did they get the weapons they are still using, to this very day, to kill American troops?
al-Qaida in Afghanistan is what once was called the Mujahideen, and WE are the ones that armed them with the weapons they are using to kill OUR troops.
I would think that John McCain and Lindsey Graham would know this story and would remember that for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and there are always consequences.
Arm the Syrian rebels and save the poor, downtrodden Syrians and help them gain freedom from a tyrant and establish a real democracy.
That all sounds good if you say it really fast, and don’t take the current actions in Iraq, or past actions in Afghanistan into consideration. Remember this; those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
If WE arm the Syrians, they, the Syrians, will in turn, use those weapons against US if we ever have to go into Syria for any reason.
That is not a hollow or unimaginable supposition. It’s a lesson backed up by HISTORY, and if a dumb old redneck like me can see it, why then can’t a well respected Senator grasp the facts of the matter?
Apparently some folks need to study a bit more!