CAMERON PUTS SYRIA STRIKE ON HOLD – Yesterday David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, was forced to take a step back from military strikes on Syria after a clear warning that going to the Commons with almost no evidence would result in a Commons ‘no’ vote.
The U.S and the British yesterday revealed that the did have evidence that Assad al-Bashar, the Syrian President, was responsible for the chemical attacks in Damascus; which killed over 1,700 civilians, many of whom were children.
According to U.S intelligence they intercepted a number of panicked telephone calls from Assad and Syrian military chiefs that clearly indicated it was Assad who ordered the chemical attack on his own people.
The issue is whether this so-called ‘intel’ is reliable; we have after all been duped into a war before due to the U.S President, George W. Bush falsifying intelligence and evidence to suggest Saddam Hussein was indeed stockpiling Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).
Whilst Cameron furiously debated the need to engage Syrian forces Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, along with Tory rebels, insisted that UN weapons inspectors much be allowed time to investigate and report their findings before any decision to engage Syria are considered.
From aboard a luxury super yacht yesterday the UN Peace Envoy for the Middle East, Tony Blair, also insisted that the British and U.S should intervene and remove Assad from power; this is of course the same man, along with George W. Bush, who initiated an illegal war with Iraq and it appears that Blair’s thirst for bloodshed has not waned.
A Commons vote is intended for the ‘principle’ of military action however this will not allow the Prime Minister to engage in a conflict with Syria until all avenues of diplomacy have been exhausted and has full UN backing; the Commons however have stated that even with UN consent any such military strike that involves Britain would require a second Commons vote.
It appears MPs and Ministers are more cautious over military action; this is obviously due to Tony Blair crying ‘wolf’ during the lead up to war with Iraq. It appears now that the British Government are not willing to take the chance that an incursion will take place that is not legal and one which does not have the full backing of the Commons and the British people; who are currently opposing a military strike.
The U.S now has a clear choice; either it goes into Syria without the British or it waits until the UN weapons inspectors have given their verdict, and if there is clear evidence that Assad was responsible, wait until the Commons approves military action.
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has urged both the U.S and Britain to ‘give peace a chance’ stating that UN inspectors need more time to establish the truth and to avoid another conflict they must be afforded such time.
It is disturbing that Cameron appears determined to get approval to strike Syria which only suggests he is desperate to show the people he is capable of handling an international conflict in the lead up to the General Election. Of course Cameron faces the real possibility that he too will go down in history as a man responsible for murdering thousands of innocent people.
On that note such a heinous crime didn’t do Tony Blair any harm and whilst most murders are behind bars Tony Blair jet sets around the world earning vast sums of money; often at the taxpayers’ expense.
We can now all hold our breaths for it is likely that a second Commons vote will take place early next week and in order to support an incursion into Syria it will mean that Cameron is going to have to produce an intelligence dossier giving clear evidence that Assad was responsible for the chemical attack on his own people.
The fear is that any such intelligence dossier might have the same connotations as the intelligence dossier produced for the Iraqi War in which evidence was simply fabricated to quench Tony Blair’s lust for bloodshed.
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