US indirectly supports al-Qaeda in Syria: Franklin Lamb
Press TV has conducted an interview with Franklin Lamb, international lawyer, about French paper Le Figaro saying after Saudi Arabia, the US is second in line to lead al-Qaeda forces fighting against the Syrian government.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Let’s jump right in. Give us your opinion on the revelations by the French newspaper.
Lamb: Well I think they are credible. I think they are widely believed and have been over the past nearly one year as more and more similar reports and evidences surface.
So I think that even if we accept that Turkey and Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and I think we must, are overtly supporting al-Qaeda and the terrorist groups, I think the West is doing it indirectly maybe sub-rosa, maybe not totally comfortable with it but the combination of both forces means that the al-Qaeda has enormous fire power and enormous encouragement to expand its operations because of the funding from the West and the [Persian] Gulf.
Press TV: And how do you perceive the level and the extent of the involvement of those regional parties as revealed by Le Figaro, as you mentioned we have got Qatar, Turkey, of course Saudi Arabia and even former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s name has come up?
Lamb: Well I think in an operation like this if they are in for an inch, they are in for a mile. There is no such thing as a penny operation here it is going to be substantial and we see that consistently.
Remember Libya; it was going to be a little operation. That was an all-out war. So I think history teaches us very clearly that they are going to have massive, massive arms in order to “achieve their victory”.
So I think it is going to increase unless a stop is put to it.