With talk of impending war against Syria, all eyes are on the British government and how they, along with their allies, will act next.
Russia has sternly warned Britain and the US against attacking Syria, with president Vladimir Putin warning of catastrophic consequences if they follow through.
Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a holiday and returned to London in order to prepare for a meeting on Wednesday with the UK’s National Security Council.
Britain has already been heavily supportive of the militants fighting the Syrian government, but with little success to show for it, they are now looking to escalate the crisis in order to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
Cameron gave an interview Tuesday saying that it was a developing situation but that the UK shouldn’t stand by. He confessed that he couldn’t be 100% certain that the Syrian govt used the weapons but claimed that Damascus had used them before and said that the militants didn’t have the capability or motive to use them. He also made a startling claim that this wasn’t about the Syrian conflict or Middle East but deterring the use of chemical weapons in the future.
And following huge pressure from MPs from all three major parties to let parliament debate the prospect of attacking Syria, the prime minister recalled parliament for an emergency session to be held on Thursday.
Thursday’s Commons vote on the issue won’t be legally binding. MPs are worried about the consequences of military intervention and with the public still angry about the lies, which led to the invasion of Iraq, public opinion is firmly against any British involvement in Syria.
Ahead of the debate in parliament, David Cameron is gambling that MPs will agree with his assessment that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack in Ghouta near Damascus. If they don’t and he launches an attack anyway it would be an extraordinary flouting of Parliament’s authority and a complete disregard of the British public’s mood.
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