Brimstone & bloodied hands | Road To Somewhere Else

The decision of the UK government yesterday evening (December 2) to extend its war on terror into Syria with no coordinated strategy in place to defeat ISIS, will almost certainly be as catastrophic as Tony Blair’s decision in 2003 to commit British troops to Iraq. The notion that MPs could have genuinely been persuaded by Cameron’s line of reasoning for another illegal war is as inconceivable as MPs during Blair’s reign being unaware of either Scott Ritter’s findings stating that by 1998 Saddam had effectively been disarmed, or the subsequent public pronouncements of Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice that were made on the back of them that preceded the infamous 45 minute claim.

The Prime Minister’s justification for sending more of our troops into harms way – which, significantly, was rejected by the Foreign Affairs Committee – was predicated on the dubious and frankly laughable claim of the existence of 70,000 “moderate rebels”. On Sunday’s (November 29) edition of the BBCs Marr programme, Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, when pressed by presenter Andrew Marr to clarify who these rebels were, replied that were comprised solely of anti-Assad, Free Syrian Army forces.

However, early on December 1, Lt Gen Gordon Messenger, the deputy chief of the defence staff, appeared to have contradicted Fallon by refusing to confirm whether any of the alleged 70,000 fighters were members of more extremist groups such as the Islamic Front and Ahrar al-Sham. The fact that no clarification by Cameron was given to MPs regarding the source for the 70,000 figure or its composition, is not a sufficient enough basis for MPs to be able to make an informed decision about such an important life and death issue.

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3 thoughts on “Brimstone & bloodied hands | Road To Somewhere Else

  1. Dez

    How can one get the truth out of any Government so that a really good decision can be made democratically? The media and TV bend to their paymasters agenda churning out their tailor made scaremongering propoganda. How much of this decision is about the ego tripping of our beloved elite leaders on their more important global stage. Time will now be the real deciding factor on this decision and its escalation. We can now only pray for the safety of those that are in the front line doing their masters bidding………

  2. Kenneth Billis

    Julian Lewis in his speech during the debate made a very good point comparing Iraq in 2003 and Syria today. I can’t remember exactly his words but it was something like “Dodgy Dossiers for Iraq and Bogus Battalions for Syria”. If the debate hadn’t been about something so serious it would have been funny.

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