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. The Defence Secretary sounds more like he belongs to the US Capitol than to Westminster!
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. 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.