The West is to blame for Syrian conflict, says Saudi prince What a messed up world it is when many on the left claim it is the Saudi and Western funding of jihadists that has created the catastrophe in Syria, and it is down to the former intelligence chief of one of the most reactionary governments in the world to point out the truth. "The US and western Europe failed to act on Saudi recommendations in 2012 to arm the moderate Syrian rebels against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, he pointed out. “If that had been done, then there would have been no need to use our air force now. The difference between the good guys and the bad guys in the opposition was clear cut then. It was the dilly-dallying at the time that gave Jabhat al-Nusra [branch of] al-Qaeda [its] chance. Because of the time lost it has, of course, become much more difficult now between the good guys and the bad guys.” "