"We are determined to control weapons transfers to a regime that carries out such brutal massacres against civilians," said Mr Davutoglu. "It is unacceptable that such a transfer is made using our airspace.Well said, defender of freedom, what were these fiendish devices? Please let us know!
Military communications devices were reportedly confiscated before the plane was allowed to leave hours later.Military communications devices!! Those evil no-good...wait, commo? Just commo? Are these weapons? Just last month I saw this...
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would contribute an additional $15 million in nonlethal gear — mostly communications equipment — to the civilian opposition trying to oust Assad...So when the US sends radios in, its nonlethal gear. When its the Syrians, radios become weapons.
This sort of hypocrisy is nothing new, but it did make me pause and consider the question of perspective in the increasingly likely war in the Middle East. At some point in the future, someone is going to need to look back and try to figure out when and where it went wrong. I think the answer might have something to do with when Washington got its head so far up its own ass it started to believe that distinctions between nonlethal and lethal aid matter to other countries. Perhaps also that tiny escalations that added up to a lot over time were viewed the same way overseas as they were in America.
At the end of the day, though, some poor Syrian S6 must be catching hell right now...can you imagine the FLIPL on that?