Saudi FM: Arming Syrian opposition is an 'excellent idea'

TUNIS - Giving weapons to the Syrian opposition facing a violent crackdown by government forces is an excellent idea, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud Faisal said on Friday.
Asked at the start of a bilateral meeting in the Tunisian capital with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if he thought arming the Syrian opposition was a good idea, the Saudi minister said: "I think it's an excellent idea."
Asked why, he said: "Because they have to protect themselves."