Theresa May has said she is prepared to go to war against Syria without asking Parliament, over the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.
World Tonight Theresa May prepared to go to war without asking Parliament. Reason: Time so short & Tess will support her USA ally.
— Carole Hawkins (@hawkins_carole) April 11, 2018
Apparently this is because time is short. Really?
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that Parliament be given a vote. Both houses are still in Easter recess but there’s no reason they cannot be recalled – so Mrs May is talking tommyrot as usual.
Public opinion is wildly against it:
Is Theresa May really considering taking UK to war without a vote in Parliament?
Is that legal?
Is that in accordance with Britain's unwritten constitution?
Will the MSM and BBC hold May to account on this gravest of all matters?
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) April 11, 2018
If as is expected, the US re-enters the Syrian conflict…and Theresa May disgracefully and arrogantly follows them without democratic process… it will cost her. Rational population see through irresponsible recklessness and faux steeliness #NotInMyNameTheresaMay
— Paul Smith (@Rane_01) April 11, 2018
There is no justification for chemical weapon attacks or the bombing of civilians as seen in Douma. But raining down thousands of American, British or French missiles is not the answer. We cannot risk total war and endless death in the Middle East. We need serious diplomacy, now.
— Emma Dent Coad (@emmadentcoad) April 11, 2018
The horror of what's happening in #Syria is sickening beyond words.
But there is absolutely no way that the Prime Minister should take any military action without having a full debate and vote in Parliament, even if that means MPs being recalled from recess this week.
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) April 11, 2018
Paul Mason, writing in New Statesman, has said that bombing Syria is futile:
“To defeat Assad, and prevent the further collapse of the global order, long-range missiles are no good. Knowing this, Donald Trump and his national security adviser John Bolton will probably fire a lot of them. No. To defeat Assad you would have to engage in the kind of warfare America did in Iraq, going from house to house in the dark, killing suspected supporters of al-Qaeda, dragging their children and elderly into the dark by flashlight.
“You would have to bomb what’s left of Syria until it looked like what’s left of Gaza. And you would have to do it knowing that into the chaos you create, would move exactly the kind of jihadi groups we are trying to rid the world of.
“That’s why I am against Britain joining a military strike on Assad’s Syria.”
We are in very dangerous times. At no point in my life have I been as genuinely worried for the future of our world. Any military intervention could escalate rapidly. Those beating the drums of war need to step back and let the OPCW do their job. https://t.co/fOoYveFbp3
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) April 11, 2018
This is valuable advice from Peter Hitchens – who is increasingly proving to be a voice of reason:
Now is the time for all level-headed men and women of all persuasions to write, politely and concisely, to their MPs and Congressmen and women, urging caution and verification rather than an unreasoning rush to war. Please do it today.
— Peter Hitchens (@ClarkeMicah) April 10, 2018
And there’s one more important point to make:
This is a storm shadow missile, which may be used by Britain if it starts bombing Syria. It costs £800,000, which is enough to house all London’s rough sleepers in temporary accommodation for a week. pic.twitter.com/UL0tZbw0gT
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) April 11, 2018
This is the dark heart of the matter:
Theresa May would rather spend your money ensuring that innocent people in a foreign country die, than ensuring that innocent people in the UK can live.
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