Gale's View. 31st September 2014
It is alleged that a year ago the House of Commons voted
against "war in Syria". That is incorrect. No such motion was on the
order paper. What the house did vote
upon was the right of the Prime Minister to continue discussions with the
President of the United States that might have led to proposals for military
intervention in Syria. Such proposals would, if brought forward, have
precipitated a further vote in the House of Commons.
It is, in the context of the recent "recall vote
", necessary to set that record straight because while I respect and have
some sympathy with those of my colleagues who contributed to that defeat of the
Government a year ago the fact remains that had the Prime Minister not been so
shackled we might not be where we are today.
In sharp contrast to Blair's phoney "45-minute
threat" to the United Kingdom from Iraq we know that the civilised world
in general and our homeland in particular are currently exposed to the very
real prospect of terrorist attack by a team of fanatical murderers operating
under the guise of an "Islamist State " that has nothing to do with
Islam and everything to do with a medieval and barbaric form of well-funded
anarchy. Already a number of hostages, including one British national, have
been slaughtered in the vilest possible manner and it is certain that more such
"executions" will follow. We also know that some of those who are
gleefully participating in these atrocities are home-grown and likely to try to
return to the United Kingdom and to seek to perpetrate further acts of
Under these circumstances to do nothing is not an option.
Appeasement, that has disastrously been shown throughout history to have
failed, will earn not respect or restraint but derision as a sign of weakness.
While there can be no guarantee that targeted air strikes upon strategic
targets in Northern Iraq will prove successful they will most certainly degrade
he operational capacity of the self-styled ISIL.
It is highly likely, though, that as the main ISIL
command-and-control centres are located within Syria further strikes against
targets in that country will prove necessary. Whether there is the political
will within the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the
coalition of Middle Eastern states already involved to embark upon such action
only time will tell. Here in the UK the Prime Minister has bound himself to a
further vote in parliament which is clearly a high-risk strategy. With Putin's
Russian Federation clearly determined to block any enabling UN resolution those
who seek to frustrate further military engagement will have their justification
but we, in the House of Commons, will bear a heavy burden of responsibility if
we do not authorise odour own Government to take such steps as are necessary to
eradicate what must be the greatest threat to our civilisation since the rise
of Nazi Germany and the holocaust that followed.