On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry followed up on the Obama Administration’s plans to sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty attempts to provide measures which would seek to curtail the supply of arms to parts of the world and to organizations who threaten global stability, or where there is a significant risk of non-combatant harm.
As of now, according to the U.N., 108 nations have signed the treaty and seven have ratified it.
The preamble of the Act states:
“Underlining the need to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and to prevent their diversion to the illicit market, or for unauthorized end use and end users, including in the commission of terrorist acts …”
The United States is currently in violation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Before even making it into any of the Articles, the U.S. is guilty at the preamble.
We have been supplying al-Qaeda in Syria with lethal aid. You remember al-Qaeda. We trained and armed them to fight the Communists, and then they killed thousands of us on 9/11 and we are still at war with them. The same al-Qaeda opened up a franchise in Africa, and started al-Qaeda junior in Somalia under the name al-Shabaab.
Al-Shabaab recently killed sixty plus people at a shopping mall in Nairobi. Those same people are the ones who have hijacked the Syrian opposition and they are the same ones who we are currently sending weapons to in Syria.
The Syrian rebels are responsible for their own atrocities across the country since the beginning of their civil war. Stories of children and mothers, Christians, and old men being executed by Syrian opposition forces pour in every day, at least as frequently as those of atrocities committed by pro-Assad forces.
By giving them guns, we are in direct violation of the very treaty which was designed to stop such events from taking place.
It does not stop there.