Any military action against the country would be highly likely to create huge regional instability, economic disruption, as well as potential wider war and loss of life.
Posts Tagged: Foreign affairs
Nicholas Mazzei: The Korean crisis highlights a stark truth. Britain is completely unprepared for war.
Outcries over the loss of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq show that the British public is simply unwilling to see soldiers dying.
Plus: The coming local elections. My predictions – Liberal Democrats up, Conservatives up, UKIP down, Labour down – and maybe Corbyn out later this year.
Douglas Hansen-Luke: Here’s how we can help Syria – by feeding, educating and treating its refugees.
To advocate regime change without a plan for the future would be criminally negligent. What we can do is to influence, support and invest in the people of Syria.
The Government seems to get the message, but Conservative MPs should be vigilant. An Islamist government in Damascus would be in neither Syria’s interest nor ours.
The bottom line is that America cannot simply sit back, and wait for North Korea to become a direct threat.
Nicky Morgan: I’ve voted for military action in Syria before – and am ready to do so again if necessary
A consequence of Brexit is a danger that the UK ends up having less influence on EU member states over such responses – or sanctions against Russia.
They will be asking themselves if they want to sign a blank cheque for an American President whose foreign policy is so impulsive and apparently ill thought through.
Let’s hope that Trump’s missile strikes on the Assad regime work. But May and her government must be a force for restraint if they don’t.
Iain Dale: Guess who mentioned Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler…and, yes, Hitler?
Yes, Livingstone named him 12 times when interviewed by me this week. Plus: Saudi Arabia uncovered, Michael Howard unmuzzled. And: In memory of Helen Szamuely.
Garvan Walshe: Why Britain must speak out against Orban’s assault on the Central European University
Dissidents in Eastern Europe could look to Thatcher’s Britain to stand up for their liberty. Are we still the sort of people to whom democrats turn?
We must not allow Brexit to force us to make lucrative deals with repressive autocracies, even as they commit human rights violations and possible war crimes.
Dean Godson: Deal or No Deal. What happens if we leave the EU without a comprehensive agreement? A call for evidence.
We are keen to gather views from interested parties (such as businesses, industry groups, politicians, academics and others) about what would happen.
We persist in chasing the symptoms of problems in Iraq, rather than trying to work out the root causes – thus aiding the growth of Iranian power.
Isabel Oakeshott: A new role for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They should become worldwide Ambassadors for Brexit.
The couple should sally forth to convey the message that Britain is ready and eager to seize the opportunities presented by liberation from Brussels.