Hilary Ben MP Justin Sutcliffe

Hilary Ben MP Justin Sutcliffe

Vox Political does not wholly support this view.

If Hilary Benn is saying the UK should do nothing until after Syria’s civil war is over, then he is deliberately missing an opportunity.

The UK has an excellent intelligence service and that is where efforts against Daesh (IS if you like) should be concentrated; developing sources of information, working on strategies to ensure that when it becomes advantageous to strike, the blow we deal is fatal.

Labour’s opposition to any British involvement in military action against Islamic State (Isis) in Syria has intensified, despite the massacre in Paris.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn said the co-ordinated attacks on the French capital, which left at least 127 dead, were an “act of war” – but all but ruled out backing UK air strikes in response.

He said that the idea of British action against Isis in Syria should be put to one side until the country’s civil war had been brought to an end.

Mr Benn, speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, said that the Government should drop plans for a new House of Commons vote authorising military attacks in Syria to concentrate on peace talks and providing humanitarian support for refugees.

His intervention dramatically undermines David Cameron’s hopes of joining the United States-led action against Isis in its Syrian heartland.

Source: Hilary Benn: Shadow Foreign Secretary says Labour won’t back air strikes on Syria | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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