CAMERON BACKS MILITARY STRIKES AGAINST ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA – Last night British Prime Minister, David Cameron, told the press that Britain cannot stand idly by and watch Assad slaughter his own people with the use of chemical weapons.
Cameron went on to say that the use of chemical weapons by Assad was morally indefensible and that the tyrant Assad al-Bashar must be held accountable.
This is obviously Cameron making a strong case for Britain to enter into a coalition with the U.S in order to remove Assad from power. However it still remains a fact that no evidence has yet been provided that Assad was in fact responsible.
The issue is will we have another instance of the ‘smoking gun’ theory as we did with Iraq. Both George W. Bush and Tony Blair continuously produced ‘evidence’ that Iraq had stores of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and yet despite an extensive search no such weapons have ever been found.
It was, for all intents and purposes, an illegal war and many insiders, including Lord Prescott have admitted the war with Iraq was illegal and yet despite the overwhelming evidence neither George W. Bush or Tony Blair have ever face a trial.
The Russians are adamant that Assad is unlikely to have used chemical weapons as he already has the military advantage over the Syrian Rebels. Russian insiders, including President Putin, have stated that the use of the chemical weapons is most likely to have come from Syrian Rebels who are made up from a number of known terrorist factions; including Al Qeada.
The current Russian intelligence strongly suggests that if the U.S and Britain engage in the conflict in order to overthrow Assad they will simply be aiding known terrorists.
Cameron is of course perfectly correct, the use of such weapons is moral indefensible and abhorrent but so would a coalition missile strike when there is a strong lack of evidence.
The question is now does Obama and Cameron want to go down in history as the successive patrons of Government to engage in an illegal incursion and arm known terrorists in the process?
It appears that Nick Clegg also wants in on the limelight after making a Parliamentary statement;
“The murder of innocent men, women and children through the use of chemical weapons is a repugnant crime … if we stand idly by we set a very dangerous precedent indeed.” Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
The former UK Army Chief, Lord Dannatt, has sent both Cameron and Clegg a clear warning that any western intervention into Syria could make the conflict even worse.
It is a known fact that most of the terrorist acts carried out against western interests are due to the Islamic fundamentalists’ view that the west continues to interfere in issues that is of no concern to them.
Lord Dannatt is not alone in his views as many Tory MPs have also come out to express the skepticism and concerns over engaging in any attacks against Syria.
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister also commented on the U.S and British insistence that Assad needs removing with the following comment;
“The West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade.” Dmitry Rogozin
There are so many facets here to consider and it is viewed by many that neither Obama or Cameron appear ready to wait and see what, if any, results the UN weapons inspectors turn up.
If we are to avoid another conflict that will only further enrage Islamic terrorists and push our economy right back into deep recession then we must stand back and wait for the results of the UN weapons inspectors report.
“It’s about chemical weapons and their use is wrong and the world should not stand idly by. All the evidence suggested Assad was responsible for last week’s atrocity in a Damascus suburb, which killed hundreds and injured thousands.” David Cameron, British Prime Minister
Despite this statement Cameron did acknowledge that the current intelligence was not 100% in its accuracy of showing that Assad was indeed responsible and would not want to make the same mistake as to be drawn into a conflict, similar to Iraq, with flimsy evidence.