The UK drew up plans to train and equip a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army to defeat President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Newsnight can reveal.Ye gods! don't we have enough problems with muslims without training a bloody army of them how to do a proper job? Yes the civilian deaths are a tragedy, but they aren't our tragedy and Syria's problem is a civil war which they need to resolve themselves though the temptation to meddle and allow it to draw juhadis in to the conflict in order to wipe them out is tempting... just so long as we do not allow any of our homegrown ones back here.
The secret initiative, put forward two years ago, was the brainchild of the then most senior UK military officer, General Sir David Richards.
It was considered by the PM and the National Security Council, as well as US officials, but was deemed too risky.
The UK government did not respond to a request for comment.
Fortunately the government seems to have deemed it too risky, although I rather suspect the cost of it, rather than the fact that we'd be arming and training a bunch of jihadis in many instances will have been the deciding factor, after all, look how well that worked in Afghanistan.
No, Syria is not our problem, other than the islamoloons from here that go over to fight there of which my favoured solution is cancelling the passport of any who do go over there to fight and deporting them instantly if we catch them sneaking back in.
Had we gone down General Richards path we would have been storing up no end of problems for that part of the world, as if they don't have enough of their own without us arming and training them. I doubt Israel would be any too happy either.
Still, thank god in this case that the government lost its nerve...