Fri Apr 6, 2012 5:44AM
Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the coalition government not to rule out the possibility of military intervention in Syria. While Syria has agreed to the 10 April deadline for the implementation of United Nations envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan, the British government has taken a series of measures which clearly shows Britain’s interest in plunging Syria into a bitter civil war. On Thursday 29 March, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that Britain planned to provide Syria’s armed rebels with half a million pounds so that they would be able to develop themselves as an alternative force inside the country. One day later, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would not allow some Syrian officials to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games after rebel leaders asked Britain to ban Mowaffak Joumaa, the head of Syria’s National Olympic Committee, from travelling to Britain. Moreover, on 1 April, at a summit by the group calling itself ‘Friends of Syria’, Hague said that some governments would supply Syria’s rebels with arms. On Thursday 5 April, Blair, who is known for his warmongering policies, urged British officials to “keep all the options open” on Syria while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Britain and the west’s decision to arm Syrian rebels “to teeth” would bring about “carnage” which would last for years. ISH/HN/HE