This is classic ‘cycle of hate’ behaviour.
The UK sold several chemical weapons ingredients to Syria, back in 2012/13 – with explicit approval from then-prime minister David Cameron.
Probably best not to mention the Tories allowed British firms to supply Syria with nerve gas chemicals in 2013. Not that you'd expect anything less from the 2nd biggest arms dealer in the world.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) April 8, 2018
It followed the sale of huge amounts of other ingredients in the 1980s.
BBC Investigation finds the U.K. was the sole supplier to Syria of 3 important ingredients in the product of Sarin, a chemical weapon. This is why Jeremy Corbyn is right to focus on banning arms sales to corrupt regimes. pic.twitter.com/AYgWjbgigl
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) April 10, 2018
It seems those ingredients have been turned into weapons and used on the people of Douma, in Syria.
Now the UK government, in an act of enormous hypocrisy, wants to join Donald Trump’s USA in a reprisal bombing against that country.
Mrs May said the international community needed to uphold the worldwide ban on chemical weapons – which is outrageous, considering our government’s effort to undermine it.
As UK citizens, we can only be nauseated by Mrs May’s behaviour.
This Site warned that we would be in exactly this situation five years ago.
I wrote: “In January 2012, 10 months after violence erupted in Syria, [then-business secretary] Vince Cable licensed the exporting of potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride to the Syrian government – both chemicals being ingredients of nerve gas.
“The chemicals were sold under licences that specified they should be used for making aluminium structures like window frames – but the government has refused to identify the licence holders. Dodgy!
“This means that, in the same way as the United States with Iraq, it is entirely possible that the [Conservative/Liberal Democrat] Coalition government wanted British troops to attack Syria in response to a situation that the Coalition government created!”
I don't condone our government's actions, selling weapons to Saudi & Israel, nor did I condone Maragret Thatcher's selling of arms components to Iraq. Maintaining world peace isn't and shouldn't be subject to market principles https://t.co/0CB9Ijz2mL
— Revolution Breeze (@suejonessays) April 10, 2018
The fly in current UK prime minister Theresa May’s ointment at the moment is Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has blocked US-led calls for an investigation into the chemical attack. Russia’s own proposal did not gain enough votes.
The US proposal would have launched an independent investigation that would have assigned blame to a perpetrator. The Russians wanted a UN-led investigation, but with the results reviewed by Russia for “acceptance” before being publicised.
Both proposals were flawed. Russia’s demand for the ability to censor the results of an investigation is unacceptable – but then, why should the US (and the UK) be permitted to assign blame solely to Syria for an attack in which they chemical weapons were used that were made from our products?
Boris Johnson, who is still (amazingly) clinging on to his role as the UK’s foreign secretary, has leapt in to offer his biased view:
Hugely disappointing that Russia vetoed the proposal at the UN for an independent investigation into Syrian chemical attacks. Russia is holding the Syrian people to political ransom by supporting a regime responsible for at least 4 heinous chemical attacks against its people
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 10, 2018
Chemical attacks made possible by the actions of your government, Mr Johnson.
The latest information is that Donald Trump is planning to bomb Syria anyway. Russia seems unlikely to tolerate any such action.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a ceasefire and a political solution, rather than – as Susan Rees describes below, “bomb first, talk later”. He is the only leader who is making sense.
Corbyn has asked for a ceasefire, followed by a political solution! He condemned the attack and said every country in the region, Russia and US must come together to agree a deal which finally ends this bloody civil war!
Trump/Mays stance, is to bomb first, talk later 🤔
— Susan Rees (@bobbybobbyrees) April 10, 2018
And what good will more bombing achieve?
Look – this is just MY humble opinion – but I really CAN'T see how dropping MORE bombs on the desperately beleaguered people of Syria helps the situation or changes anything !
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) April 10, 2018
These words seem prophetic, in the light of Mr Trump’s latest bit of sabre-rattling:
Trump will bomb Syria, I could be wrong, obviously. But when Jeremy Corbyn rightfully condemns the bombing, you will see the mother of all backlashes against him. No tragedy or warzone remains safe from being used to try and oust Corbyn. Remember this tweet.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) April 9, 2018
So, a big win for Theresa May: Her government sold the ingredients of chemical weapons to Syria; those ingredients were used in an attack that gives us an opportunity to attack Syria; and if Jeremy Corbyn opposes such an attack, she can smear him as an unpatriotic peacenik.
And the only cost will be thousands of Syrian lives and the possibility of conflict with Russia – which is a nuclear superpower, let’s not forget!
As UK citizens, we can only be nauseated by Mrs May’s behaviour. Tory political decisions have created this situation and she is revelling in the opportunity to commit mass murder.
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