POLITICS

Change My Mind: Should Britain Help Arm Syrian Rebels?

14/03/2013 11:26 GMT | Updated 15/03/2013 10:09 GMT

Last week the foreign secretary, William Hague, revealed that the British government is planning to ramp up its support to rebels in Syria.

Hague said he had already ordered "more active efforts" to aid the opposition in their war against the president, Bashar al-Assad, after securing a relaxation of an EU arms embargo to allow the provision of non-lethal military equipment to protect civilians.

This week, the Prime Minister suggested that the government may break the EU's embargo in order to provide lethal equipment, too.

But should the government consider including arms in their support of the rebels? Below, Syrian journalist Malik al-Abdeh and security expert and former counter terrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge debate whether we should.

Can they change your mind?