So the Grit briefing book suggests "deepening" ties with Saudi Arabia, hence the deal for the little tanks.
Seriously, who gives this advice? And why in good heavens would a Liberal listen to it? (Dion, you're a sociologist and should get this.)
LOOK at the trend, the violence across the region is worsening, spilling over borders along Sunni and Shia lines. Well armed regional powers, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, the actors in the strange civil war in Syria, are the defining actors. Powers like Russia and the US are playing supporting roles, largely reacting to events, trying leverage one favourite or another. The are not really dictating to or controlling anyone or anything.
Supplying arms to any side simply lubricates the downward slide. If (WHEN!) things slide further, there is not guarantee whatsoever that the 'side' anyone backs now will continue to look in any way favourable.
Canada has no dog in this fight beyond the role of peacemaker. We are not arsonists.