Speaking for all those Londoners who had concerns about all the recent interventions since the beginning of the century – Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011 and now Syria – our national politician don’t appear to have learnt the lessons of these interventions at all.
For example, such Western interventions have helped the recruitment drive for both Al-Queda and now Daesh, as both exploit the political vacuum left after the original action and no post-military action is thought about. More scarily Daesh are trying to provoke an apocalyptic confrontation as they belief that we are in the last days and that this war is the war of all wars. With such rhetoric, it would be a gift to their propaganda if the rest of the world now steams into the part of the world their momentarily control at present, as the battle becomes a David Vs Goliath battle in their mindset and makes their prophecy more life like.
Now l’m no military expert but the experts l hear say bombing without ground forces is militarily senseless. Thats why the quoted 70,000 anti-Daesh ground force troops claim by the PM has such potency. Quite honestly the only peoples who are likely to help are the Kurds but without an understanding of what territorial gain they can get after being denied a nation by the imperial powers after World War One would have to be sorted out. I am now the wiser on this front.
This along with the comparison to a similar claim made by Blair about Saddam Hussain having WMD’s, tells us a lot about the military debate. Moreover the first time the PM pushed for military action in Syria it was against Assad and now he’s arguing for action against Daesh. Such are the shifting sands of the Middle East, next time he’ll be arguing for action against the Kurds, no doubt!
And finally we should not forget the political opportunism of the PM which is so obscene. It is no coincidence that the debate on Syrian action took place the day before a critical by-election in Oldham and he did not permit a second day of deliberations in the Commons. Along with the insults he has traded without any apologises in sight, it tells us something about his political and personal ruthlessness in pursuing his goals and his animosity to Jeremy.
The least our parliamentarians could have done is wait for Chilcott Report (whenever that gets released) to tell us the lessons we must learn before any further military action is proposed or undertaken again by the UK government. Its particularly important given its not clear that the PM has learnt the lessons from his joint intervention with French against Gaddafi in Libyan. I can’t recollect if anyone made this point at all on the floor of the Commons.