Britain's role in ensuring the continued carnage in Syria has been well described by Patrick Cockburn in The Independent. ( Just who has more to gain if the killing goes on ? )
'Britain and France are playing a small but mischievous role in ensuring the slaughter in Syria continues.
By successfully ending the EU embargo on arms for the rebels they will
not bring talks nearer, as they pretend, but make them unlikely to take
place at all'
By offering more arms, the EU will also be putting off
the day when the two sides talk to each other through mutual exhaustion
and the knowledge that neither can win'...
The explanation for the
actions of the Western states may be that they do not want the war to
end except as a victory for their allies. This certainly is the view of
many in the Middle East, such as Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the former Iraqi
National Security Adviser, who told me the civil war "is the best option
for the West and Israel because it knocks out Syria as an opponent of
their policies and keeps Iran busy. Hezbollah is preoccupied by Syria
and not with Israel'.