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 Policy
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.
Martin Parsons: For Syria to have a future, the West must stop jihadist genocide as well as Assad’s war crimes
Action must go beyond ISIS to prevent other, similarly-minded, jihadist groups prospering.
Since the strike on Syria, Bannon’s influence is waning while Kushner’s waxes.
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.
Obama’s desperate and impotent decision to abandon the Middle East to the Russians is being overturned. Not before time.
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.
The then-President claimed the use of chemical weapons would ‘change his calculus’. Yet when the regime tested the West, we let it pass.
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.