I think people involved in politics make good actors. Acting and politics both involve fooling people. People like being fooled by actors. When you get right down to it, they probably like being fooled by politicians even more. A skillful actor will make you think, but a skillful politician will make you never have to think – Donna Brazile
Well its been on the cards for months now, Cameron has quite openly stated that he would wait until certain of winning a vote in the commons, before asking, for the second time, to join in the bomb-fest of Syria.
In the wake of the ISIS downing of the Russian commercial airliner in Sinai and the massacre on the streets of Paris, he would be hard pressed to find a better situation in which to win over the commons and also get public backing for military action.
Coupled with the fact that Corbyn is being pressured to give his MP’s a free vote on the matter, then it seems that the UK military will be given the nod within weeks.
Not content that this stacks the odds in his favour, we are also now being told that ISIS are going to get their hands on chemical/ biological weapons, and other components capable of making a “dirty bomb”. Sigh.
I’m just waiting for the statement that they will be capable of launching a chemical or biological attack within 45 minutes and it will be 2002 all over again. The true heir to Blair.
Obviously this is a much different state of affairs than the false claims against Iraq. ISIS are genuinely a true and present danger to world peace and our safety and action needs to be taken to destroy that threat. But as I have said before, with 10 other countries currently deploying air strikes in Syria, what would we add, apart from of course more planes for Turkey to shoot out of the sodding sky?
We are already assisting the coalition acting in Syria though the use of our airbases and military intelligence from UAVs, and of course we are free to bomb ISIS in their positions in Iraq. So it’s not like we are sat here with our thumbs up our backsides.
Even if ISIS were capable of getting their hands on these weapons, they surely would have already done so, given their control of territory for so long. They won’t have just suddenly found a cache somewhere.
In addition, even if they have gotten their evil hands on these weapons, its another matter entirely of their capability to deploy them.
And this ladies and gents is the kicker. If they have gotten their hands on these biological or chemical agents, rather than be worried about those ISIS members in Syria and Iraq, shouldn’t we be more concerned about the sleeper cells that are already here? You know, the ones ISIS promised to send in the migrant wave of recent months?
They are the true threat to our safety. They would be the ones detonating any such devices. Wouldn’t we be better off channelling the huge amount of money it would cost for a sustained bombing campaign, into our security services, to safeguard against the threat already here?
Bombing the hell out of Syria isn’t rooting out and nullifying the threat on UK and EU soil.
It does however create a great distraction from the home soil threat, and should the unthinkable happen here in the UK and we see similar scenes to that of Paris, Cameron can stand there and tell us he has acted as best he could to nullify the ISIS threat.
Whether or not we are looking for the threat in the wrong places is another matter entirely.