Why is all the attention on Labour when David Cameron’s bloodthirsty plan to bomb Syria indiscriminately could be blocked by his own MPs?
Almost all the media attention has been focused on whipping up public opinion in favour of the rebels in the Parliamentary Labour Party who want to support Cameron’s wafer-thin argument for military action.
We all know there are stronger reasons not to go to war again, don’t we?
Just off the top of This Writer’s head, I can tell you that Cameron’s precision-technology missiles won’t do any good while he doesn’t know where to point them. His claim that there are 70,000 native people who can be equipped as ground troops against the terrorists neglects to mention they are in 150-250 separate groups who spend most of their time fighting each other, any one of which may become the next terrorist threat. And the plan to spend £178 billion on weapons and ammunition over the next ten years could cost the UK at least £1 trillion in lost economic growth.
Corbyn’s plan – to isolate the terrorists by cutting off their supply of weapons and funds – is much more useful. Couple this with intelligence-led operations to identify the terrorists’ hideouts and eliminate them, and the UK could play a far more useful role than the knee-jerk nonsense Cameron is proposing, which will only perpetuate the terrorist nightmare for decades to come.
Cameron’s own rebels seem to know that. But the only coverage they have received is a few words in The Guardian, it seems:
The whips are hoping for fewer than the 30 rebels who opposed the prime minister in 2013 when he last tried to get a vote on Syria military action through the Commons, although the make-up of the party has changed since then.
[The foreign affairs] committee had earlier this month written a highly sceptical report questioning the justification for joining the bombing campaign.
There are thought to be at least 15 who will still not back the government. Some of the sceptics have been particularly questioning Cameron’s claim that there are 70,000 rebel ground troops ready to occupy territory held by Isis. The doubters include former army officer John Baron, Sir Edward Leigh, former cabinet minister Peter Lilley and Julian Lewis, the chairman of the Commons defence committee.
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