The atrocity demands a response, but will the President favour international diplomacy or military action?
Posts Tagged: Syria
Parliament’s job should be to hold the Prime Minister and Executive to account for what they have to do, rather than becoming a party to it.
Public opinion would back missile strikes against Assad, and arming a credible opposition, were there to be one. But not more western boots on the ground.
We are so preoccupied with Brexit and Putin that we may have missed the significance of the President’s latest sacking-and-replacement.
Sorry, Gary Neville, but Putin’s World Cup has always been political – England should have boycotted it from the outset
We don’t yet know if Russia poisoned Sergei Skripal. But there was already more than enough reason not to take part in the Kremlin’s propaganda tournament.
After years of defence cuts and maybe more to come, we must ask whether the Armed Forces are properly equipped to keep Britain safe.
“Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured.” May’s security speech in Munich speech. Full text.
“If the priority becomes avoiding new cooperation with a country outside the EU, then this will have damaging real world consequences for the security of all our people.”
Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
They offer the best chance to maintain influence in Syria to counter Moscow, but the question of their ongoing conflict with Turkey must be addressed.
We are not just helping them – we are empowering them to help themselves. That transforms individual lives and helps the region to stabilise.
The brutal reality is that Britain needs the country the President governs – and so by extension needs him too.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
It won’t be easy but regional powers can make it happen if they make the right choices.
Bob Blackman: Ministers must not yield to Iran’s blackmail in their struggle to get Nazanin back home
Her release will only happen without a far higher cost if we are to penalise the regime for its unacceptable actions and make them costly instead of profitable.
Garvan Walshe: In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia plays with fire. And there is no American adult to provide supervision.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.