Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:30PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron has uncovered his government’s conspiracy to launch a military coup in Syria after failing to rally support for invasion idea at the recent G8 summit. According to some Arab media reports, David Cameron is encouraging members of Syrian Army and security forces to launch a coup against legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad. He also has shamelessly promised that members of the army and security forces would not be prosecuted for what he called “atrocities committed against the Syrian people”, if they took part in the coup. The British premier failed as the host of the recent summit of Group of Eight (G8) leaders, which was held in Northern Ireland, to rally support for attempts to oust Bashar al-Assad through providing heavy weapons to foreign terrorists fighting the Syrian Army or get involved directly in the conflict militarily. The London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that Cameron is attempting to “launch a new diplomatic effort geared at [President] Assad’s supporters, promising to ensure their survival when their leader is forcibly removed from power”. The question here is how on earth is conspiring for a military coup in a third country defined as “a new diplomatic effort” as cited in the London-based newspaper. Of course, British authorities have a long hand in interfering in other countries’ internal issues from diplomatic interference to military intervention as evidenced in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Iran and so forth. The leading editorial in Al-Quds Al-Arabi entitled “Britain and the option of a military coup in Syria” explained Cameron’s rationale for suggesting a military coup. “Cameron wants to eliminate the strength of jihadi groups and strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition government,” the editorial reads, “so that a dialogue can be held with the leaders of such a coup. . . But what happens if such efforts fail? The only resort will be for Britain and its allies to invade.” Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants. Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes. MOL/HE