COMMONS TELLS CAMERON NO TO MILITARY STRIKES ON SYRIA – A Tory rebellion last night put David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, firmly in his place as they refused to sanction military strikes on Syria without concrete evidence that Assad was responsible for the chemical attack in Damascus last week.
There is little doubt that David Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat and that his authority, both in Parliament and the world stage, took an unprecedented blow but this is not, or at least should not, be about Cameron’s ego but rather decisive evidence.
Despite the U.S claiming they have intelligence from telephone calls from Assad and his military chiefs this is simply not enough. We have been down this road before with Bush and Blair insisting that Saddam Hussein was in possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) a claim that not only turned out to be false, despite so-called U.S intelligence, it also threw the UK and the U.S in to an illegal conflict; a conflict that whilst clearly illegal has never resulted in Bush or Blair being brought to trial.
Last night no less than 50 coalition MPs joined forces with Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, in voting against any military action on Syria and the Assad regime.
Cameron was further heckled during the debate with my MPs and backbenchers calling for his resignation.
Despite Cameron’s continued passionate plea for supporting ‘targeted’ strikes in Syria he was eventually heckled down
“It is clear to me the British Parliament does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly.” Cameron responding to MPs.
It was of course only earlier this week that Cameron promised U.S President, Barack Obama, that Britain would, as it did in the Iraqi War, stand with the U.S shoulder to shoulder; although it is crystal clear that the might to the U.S military does not need Britain’s strategic or arms support.
Some Tory MPs accused those in the Labour Party and coalition of sanctioning or giving succor to the Assad regime but there is little doubt the British public will side with those supporting any strikes due to the lack of evidence and the lies and deceit orchestrated over the war in Iraq.
Despite the Common’s stance on the issue it is believed that senior U.S officials are preparing to move ahead with a ‘limited’ military strike.
There is now talk of whether this vote will affect Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the U.S but the consensus from the British public appears to be ‘who cares?’
The truth is that Britain has already been duped into an illegal war and whilst some think that Britain is a formidable international force this perception is not only ludicrous it is folly.
Britain simply cannot continue to follow U.S policies and decisions like a lost puppy; we simply cannot afford to do so. If anything Britain should be the one to show constraint and insist that evidence be produced that is beyond reasonable doubt before committing to any hostile act on another sovereign nation.
We can now at least breathe a sigh of relief that the Common’s has prevented Cameron from walking in Tony Blair’s footsteps that would have ultimately stained the UK red with the blood of innocent victims as it has done and continues to do in Iraq.
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