posted on Mar, 23 2013 @ 02:09 PM
Polls in both countries show support for 'non-lethal' assistance in Syria but strong opposition to supplying weapons.
...the new binational survey – produced for YouGov-Cambridge... ...finds US voters opposed to the idea of supplying munitions by a 29-point
margin: 45% against to 16% in favour.
Identical questions were posed in Britain, where David Cameron has, with the French president, François Hollande, recently tried and failed to
persuade the EU to lift its arms embargo. But the British public emerges as even more strongly against: 57% oppose arming the rebels and 16% are in
There have been increasing demands on Capitol Hill to arm the opponents of the Assad regime or intervene more directly, and this week Barack Obama
toughened his own rhetoric amid contested claims about Damascus using chemical weapons.
The UK government, French government and some in the US government, appear determined to arm their Sunni allies fighting the Shiite government in
Syria (Bashar el Assad, the ex-dentist Syrian President is a Shiite). Iran is also Shia.
It is unfortunate that while the West is allied with Sunni nations (For instance, Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Turkey), rather than Shia Iran, many of the
Sunni rebels in Syria are Taliban, Al Qaeda and assorted fundamentalist jihadists.
Clearly, as the polls has show, there is little support among the American and British public to arm such religious fanatics.