France proposes arming Syrian rebels with 'defensive' weapons

Considering that the extremists are growing stronger in Syria, giving the rebels any weapons would be tantamount to arming one side - the wrong side - in the civil war sure to follow the departure of President Assad. AFP: In Paris, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius raise the issue of excluding defensive weapons from the current European Union arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime. "For the moment, there is an embargo, so there are no arms being delivered from the European side. The issue... will no doubt be raised for defensive arms," he told RTL radio. "The issue will be raised because the (opposition) coalition has asked us to do so," he said, adding that "this is something that we can only do in coordination with the Europeans." "France's position for the moment is to say that we must not militarise the conflict, but it is evidently unacceptable that there are liberated zones and that they be bombarded by Bashar's planes." "The...(Read Full Post)