Should the UK Parliament vote to airstrike Syria?

Absolutely not.

Why?

I understand the sentiments of what happened in Paris.  Though not proven, I also understand that the barbaric, utmost condemnable act of murdering innocent French citizens could even have been committed by Syrian terrorists.

That still does not give Cameron and the UK government the permission to airstrike Syria.

If Cameron thinks that he could use this opportunity to boast bombing yet another foreign country during his tenure, even by ignoring his own conservative-dominated Foreign Affair’s Committee’s warning against attacking Syria, the Prime Minister is completely wrong.

If the parliament votes in favour, and RAF goes ahead with airstrike in Syria, that is considered terrorism by a country against another’s sovereignty.  The airstrikes will be a violation of Syria’s airspace, and hence illegal in UN terms.

The case is same, whether US or France bomb Syria.

The obvious next question is:  how Russian and Iran bombings are justified?

It is not.  If you ask me, bombing is not a solution for a political crisis.  A political crisis could be resolved only by a political solution.  That is the only amicable way.

That said, Russia and Iran could argue that their airstrikes are legal and comply with UN rules.

How?

Per UN books, Assad Government is still the recognized Syrian government.  Agree Assad is not the best, but he is still trying to keep terrorism out of Syria.  It is his recognized government who formally invited Russia and Iran to assist Syria from internal and external threats.

Any other strikes, by any other un-invited nation, is purely illegal; period.

UK should be careful not to get carried away and walk in to yet another war.  We should have learned our lessons from Iraq and Libya.  Just barging in and bombing will not bring peace to any country.  That is just school-bully mentality; which is what most of the actions of Cameron and his Chancellor could be attributed to.

Let us keep legalities aside for time being.  As mentioned earlier, bombing is not a solution for a political crisis.  A political crisis could be resolved only by a political solution.  That is the only amicable way. 

I agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s stand on this topic.   There should not be a vote for airstrike in Syria.  If one is orchestrated by Cameron, then the Parliament should defeat the motion.  We as a country should try to learn from past.   Iraq might have been a mistake, but Libya should not have happened.  Syria should be no-no.

Instead of bombing, UK should help UN to speak out loudly and confidently.  UK should divert all its efforts to re-instate the lost power of UN – which is currently completely ignored and side-lined by war-loving US and its allies.

That is what UK should be aiming for; and if succeeded, that is something Cameron could really be proud of.

What is your opinion?

Well done UK…! But what Next?

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On Thursday, UK parliament has done the right thing by voting against David Cameron’s motion towards military action in Syria.  UK  Parliament clearly declared that it is not in the interest of UK to take unilateral (war) decisions without acknowledging UN and respect what it stands for.

Government motion was defeated by 285 against 272 – no doubt, a humiliating defeat for David Cameron.  Of the 304 conservative MPs, 30 decided to go against Cameron’s plans to attack Syria.   – that is almost 10% of his own party members showing no-confidence on Cameron’s foreign and defence policies.

9 of the 55 LibDems too voted against the Government.  But hey, do you hear anything about / from Nick Clegg / LibDems these days?  They are not even half strong as what their shadows used to be, prior to 2010 general election.  Remember Clegg’s performance on pre-election live TV debates?  Is it the same guy who currently “adorns” the Deputy PM’s chair?  From all talk to pathetic silence, what a transformation!

Now, look at why Defence Secretary Philip Hammond feels “disappointed” about.   Per Mr Hammond, results of Commons vote would harm Britain’s “special relationship” with Washington!  Mr Hammond is more worried about what US will think of, rather than what UK MPs and common public urge the Government to do.  Shame on you, Mr. Hammond!  You sound more like you belong to US Capitol than to Westminster!

What Next?

The UN inspectors are yet to deliver their conclusion whether chemical weapons (CW) were used in Syria.  Even if the usage is confirmed, it still needs to be established who used the CW.  Prima facie it looks highly unlikely for a government to use CW on its own civilians – particularly when the government is gaining over the rebels.

Meanwhile, President Obama and US Secretary of State John Kelly continue to prove that US has no respect for UN and rest of the world.  To please Israel and impress US weapon lobby, Obama continues his battle cry, along with Kelly who pitifully try – without any evidence – to convince the world that it is the Syrian Govt. who used the CW.

One thing is sure; it is almost impossible to prove who used the CW; and hence the US justification for an attack too.

If not an attack, what other plans are on table?  Sadly, none.

It is beyond doubt that current Assad Govt has lost its credibility.  The country and its citizens should be given the chance to decide whom they prefer to govern Syria.  Given the continuing civil war and reduced practice of democracy in Syria, at a very high level, something along below lines appears to be a valid, possible solution towards the crisis:

  • Both sides to immediately agree on cease-fire.
  • UN to send observers to Syria to monitor ongoing developments.
  • Syrian Government and rebel representatives – in presence of mutually agreeable mediators + UN representatives – to discuss, negotiate and agree towards an all-party committee which should plan, co-ordinate, mobilise and conduct election in next 12 months.
  • UN force to observe and ensure fairness during the election process.
  • All sides to accept the results and carry on.

Is Syria heading towards to become another Afghanistan/ Iraq/ Libya?  Or will the UK Parliament vote have the power to make US/France re-think?  I would love to believe latter will happen; but recent past’s history sadly, slowly whisper latter is what we are heading to.

Let us wait and watch.