Study Proves That US Policy Of Arming Rebels Made Us Less Safe
During President Barack Obama’s time in office, we learned that his policy of arming Syrian rebels had done nothing but to boost and strengthen ISIS. Long before his presidential campaign, Trump criticized Obama precisely over this fact, going as far as echoing Senator Rand Paul when he said that the president sent weapons to the terrorist organization through Benghazi.
But what was once seen as a “conspiracy theory,” is now proven fact, vindicating countless of libertarians who often warned the public, as well as the Obama administration, that intervening in Syria would do nothing but to boost terrorist organizations.
A study carried out by Conflict Armament Research and financially backed by the European Union and German government shows that the high volume of weapons reaching rebels in the region ended up “[augmenting] the quantity and quality of weapons available to (Islamic State) forces.” All in all, the study concludes, the fact that Western powers like the United States have sent weapons to groups vowing to fight Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Syrian and Iraqi soil are now posing a threat to the same U.S.-led coalition operating against ISIS now under Trump’s watch.
Instead of helping to minimize the Islamic State’s presence and influence in the region, the official U.S. policy that has and continues to be backed by members of both major parties has done nothing but to boost a group that only destroys the region, kills, and pushes millions of Syrians and Iraqis out of their country in search of refuge elsewhere.
But as war continues to ravage through Iraq and Syria, and even as reports claim that ISIS militants have been retreating, reports discussing the real consequences of direct or indirect foreign intervention in the region are never a priority to major news outlets.
As average Americans fail to look elsewhere for their news, they are often led to believe that our war against terror, a war that was never meant to be won and that remains unwinnable, is victorious and that nothing that their government has done in the region will ever come back to haunt them. And as such, little to no outrage is seen anywhere whenever reports such as this surface. Instead, we hear a lot about a probe that has already changed its course due to lack of evidence backing initial claims, foreign boogeymen who never armed rebels fighting against the American government on American soil, and how “creepy” the Christmas decoration in the White House has become under the new administration.
It is, as we all know, all a big show. News, that is. And as the real stories of preventable tragedies get any airtime, they are often dismissed by inherently biased organizations as conspiracies.
Thankfully, Conflict Armament Research is a real organization tracking arms shipment that does not rely on the U.S. public for its funding. Otherwise, we would have never heard that we now have even more proof that taxpayer-backed intervention in Syria was never the sound option.