Despite Vice President Biden's claims at the Vice Presidential Debate to the contrary, the administration is supporting the transport of arms to the most dangerous elements of the Syrian rebels including Islamic jihadists. In fact, the arms to Syrian rebels are going to fighters associated with Al-Qaeda, according to RT.com, the Russian English language news channel. David Sanger of the New York Times reported, "Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats." The U.S. is not sending weapons directly to these jihadists in Syria. "Instead, it is providing intelligence and other support for shipments of secondhand light weapons like rifles and grenades into Syria, mainly orchestrated from Saudi Arabia and Qatar."
The U.S. people have been led by the Obama Administration and the Western media to believe that the Syrian rebels are lovers of freedom who want to get rid of an oppressive regime. But what they do not hear so much is how the rebels are controlled by outsiders who are not lovers of freedom, regimes like Qatar and Saudi Arabia - some of the most highly repressive governments on the planet. Nor do they hear about the slaughter of local Christians by the Syrian rebels.
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The group Human Rights Watch showed particular concern about how unaccountable the Syrian rebels are for their abuses, which include torture and murder of detainees. "Opposition leaders told Human Rights Watch that they will respect human rights and that they have taken measures to curb the abuses, but Human Rights Watch expressed serious concern about statements by some opposition leaders indicating that they tolerate, or even condone, extrajudicial and summary executions. When confronted with evidence of extrajudicial executions, three opposition leaders told Human Rights Watch that those who killed deserved to be killed, and that only the worst criminals were being executed."
Both Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan agreed during the Vice Presidential debate that U.S. policy in Syria should support the rebel opposition to throw out the Assad government. Neither one showed concern about the arming of jihadists in Syria. They also agreed that nobody is talking about putting "boots on the ground" in Syria. However, arming these dangerous rebels is not the pacific alternative to war; it might be much worse for the local Syrians.