U.K. Parliament Rejects Military Strike On Syria

U.K. Parliament Rejects Military Strike On SyriaMPs have rejected possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to deter the use of chemical weapons.

‘Disappointed’

David Cameron said he would respect the defeat of a government motion by 285-272, ruling out joining US-led strikes. Speaking in Parliament immediately after the vote, the prime minister said:

“It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the government will act accordingly.”

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond later told BBC’s News night programme he and the prime minister were “disappointed” with the result of the Commons vote which he said would harm Britain’s “special relationship” with Washington. But he said he did not expect Britain’s decision to “stop any action” by other countries.


‘British national interest’

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the result meant military action was “off the agenda”, and added that MPs had reacted against the prime minister’s “cavalier and reckless” leadership. Mr Miliband said Britain’s relationship with the US “cannot simply be about doing what the American president says he wants you to do”.

“Sometimes, under my leadership, we’ll have disagreements with the United States, we’ll take a different view to them, but we’ve got to operate on the basis of the British national interest,” he added.

The defeat comes as a potential blow to the authority of Mr Cameron, who had already watered down a government motion proposing military action, in response to Labour’s demands for more evidence of President Assad’s guilt.

Should other countries go ahead with the military strike against Syria? What is your stance regarding this controversial issue?

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‘Must be held accountable’

The White House said the US would release intelligence on last week’s suspected attack in the next few days. Prime Minister David Cameron said the world could “not stand idly by” after seeing “appalling scenes of death and suffering” caused by suspected chemical weapons attacks.

The crisis follows last Wednesday’s suspected chemical attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, which reportedly killed more than 300 people.

US Vice President Joe Biden said there was “no doubt who was responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: The Syrian regime”. In a speech to a veterans’ group in Houston, Mr Biden said that “those who use chemical weapons against defenceless men, women, and children… must be held accountable”.


‘Western intervention’

French President Francois Hollande said France was “ready to punish” whoever was behind the attack, and had decided to increase military support for Syria’s main opposition. Meanwhile the Arab League said it held Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the attacks and called for UN action. Syrian opposition sources have said they have been told to expect a Western intervention in the conflict imminently.

Russia and China, allies of the Syrian government, have stepped up their warnings against military intervention, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said he rejects “utterly and completely” claims that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, and his government has blamed rebel fighters.

Do you believe the Syrian regime itself is responsible for the said chemical attacks that killed over 300 citizens? Do we see a war with western countries looming over Syria?

Source: BBC News

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