It’s war: Trump drags the UK into air strikes on Syrian ‘chemical weapons’ targets

Syria: At the time of writing (2.43am, April 14), explosions have apparently taken place outside Damascus, where chemical weapons facilities are believed to be located.

Here it is, then:

You heard him – Donald Trump has dragged France and the United Kingdom into pointless air strikes against targets in Syria that are believed to manufacture chemical weapons.

There was no vote in the US Congress, just as there has been no vote in the UK’s Parliament. These strikes have no democratic legitimacy at all.

And the British public don’t want them:

Public opinion on the social media is – well, see for yourself:

Jeremy Corbyn has been the voice of reason in this – as with so many other issues lately. He demanded that Parliament should have a chance to debate any proposed military action – especially as it risks a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East:

But Theresa May was determined – absolutely adamant – that this was a chance to show her utter weakness.

I know she thinks it will be a display of strength, but Mr Corbyn had it right when he said she was sitting by the phone, “waiting for instructions” to do whatever Donald Trump told her.

Here’s her statement. She is trying to look like a statesperson – speaking slowly and seriously:

But she just looks like she’s patronising us – talking down, treating us all like children.

Mrs May’s Cabinet backed her plan to support action in Syria on Friday (April 13). And look at this:

So the plan has been to link Russia into the Syrian chemical attack, using the dubious connection of a chemical attack here in the UK, to which Russia has not been successfully linked?

That is miserably weak.

It comes after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad invited UN chemical weapons inspectors – the now-ubiquitous Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – to investigate the attack that triggered the current hostilities, in Douma. They were due to arrive today (April 14).

Russia has warned that western military strikes would risk triggering a much larger war.

Is this what Trump, May and possibly even Macron want?

Interestingly, the French president spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin only yesterday. Both agreed to aid the OPCW inspectors in Syria wherever possible, and to ensure their foreign and defence ministers stayed in close contact, to prevent the situation from escalating.

France’s contribution to the air strikes must seem a betrayal. How will that affect the wider international situation?

UPDATE 3.10am: According to the US military, all planned airstrikes have been carried out and no further action is currently being contemplated.

The bad news is that the United States did not notify Russia of its attacks.

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10 thoughts on “It’s war: Trump drags the UK into air strikes on Syrian ‘chemical weapons’ targets

  1. Carmen

    Well it’s very nice of them to help Isis out don’t you think how dare Trump make war he’s got no right to drag the Uk into this he should do it for him self May never asked either who does she think she is no do Trumps bidding wrong so very wrong

  2. NMac

    It seems to me that the Tory government didn’t have to be “dragged” into yet another regime changing war. They have been thirsting for war for years now. These people are dangerous and need to be removed ASAP.

  3. wildswimmerpete

    Both Drumpf and May want their “Falklands Moments” but unlike last time when we faced down Argentina this will be going against Russia. Drumpf would relish the prospect of WW3 to feed his enormous ego.

  4. thejaffer

    Under international law, military strikes by the United States of America and its allies against the Syrian Arab Republic, unless conducted in self-defence or with United Nations Security Council approval, are illegal and constitute acts of aggression.

  5. Stu

    Curiously on the front page of the Telegraph it says that May was going to consult Parliament before spending the estimated £4m on this childish, vanity folly

  6. Pat Sheehan

    I have written my letter to the ‘Trump Lackey’ and her gang of moronic, millionaire warmongers demanding resignations for their cack-handed, cunning manipulation, bare-faced contempt, willful defiance of the last vestiges of ‘democracy’ and gargantuan incompetence: I trust that millions of other like-minded, civilized UK residents will do the same!

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