Incredible. Michael Fallon is perverting all good sense to claim that the UK has a moral obligation to bomb people in the Middle East.
He says we should do it ourselves, rather than relying on other people to do it for us – how twisted is that?
And he’s telling us the Conservative Government intends to wait until its friends in the media have altered public opinion with saturation stories about the evils of IS, before calling a second vote on possible military action; stacking the deck before the cards are dealt, basically.
The question is not currently about who should do the bombing, but about what diplomacy can achieve to prevent the violence in Syria (and neighbouring countries) from escalating.
Once there is a framework for containing IS, and for solving Syria’s internal problems – that’s when we can discuss whether the countries involved wish to allow the UK to deploy forces within their borders.
It is “morally indefensible” for Britain to rely on other countries to tackle the so-called Islamic State in Syria, Michael Fallon has said.
The defence secretary told the BBC he was appealing to MPs to reconsider the case for airstrikes in the country.
It comes after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Egypt’s Sinai desert last Saturday, which the UK government suspects was caused by a bomb.
In 2013, MPs rejected possible UK military action in Syria.
A four-year civil war in Syria has ground to a stalemate, with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIL), an array of Syrian rebels and Kurdish fighters all holding territory.
Mr Fallon also dismissed reports a second vote has been dropped, saying it would be held when “we are pretty sure we can win”.
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