William Hague spent the Bank Holiday at an EU meeting in Brussels, desperate to persuade his EU colleagues they should not renew their arms embargo against Syria because he wants to be able to ship weapons to the anti-Assad rebels. The EU voted to halt the embargo on weapons deliveries to the Syrian opposition much to Hague's delight.
What is it about recent British governments that they have such a desire to stick their noses into other people's business?
Oxfam has warned of 'devastating consequences' if more arms are sent to Syria and the civil war will escalate into an arms race.
Although the Foreign Secretary says there are no immediate plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels he forgot to mention that the lifting of the arms embargo had conditions attached; one being that no arms could be sent until after 1 August.
Who are the 'rebels'? It's difficult to say because they are composed of many different factions.
Of course America is involved too. Last week a bill, authorising the direct arming of Syrian rebels, was passed in Senate committee. For more than a year, the CIA has been facilitating the delivery of arms from countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Syrian rebel groups, although the US administration has stopped short of a decision to arm the rebels directly. This latest US bill is aimed at pushing Obama in that direction.
Somehow I can't rid myself of the thought that Hague was only carrying out Obama's instructions by lobbying the EU this past weekend. As Paul Rand states: "How it will blow back at America in the future is not yet known."
The West is now experiencing the blow back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Our involvement two years ago in Libya has not resulted in the democratic New Libya David Cameron promised.
Even if diplomatic efforts fail and the war goes on in Syria, I can think of no reason whatsoever for David Cameron to lead Britain into another country-saving crusade. The Red Cross and Oxfam need financial aid in order to assist refugees. That's where our money should be going and not on weapons.