Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

British Prime Minister May on military strike against Syria

British PM May summons ministers to discuss possible military action in Syria British PM May summons ministers to discuss possible military action in Syria
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 08:04

May said the aim was to deter the Syrian authorities from further use of chemical weapons and to send a message to the wider world that it was unacceptable to use such weapons.

That assessment appeared to echo President Macron, who said they had "proof" that "at least chlorine" was used in the attack by the regime.

May doesn't have a majority in Parliament, but the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up her government, said it backed her actions.

The Prime Minister sidestepped questions over whether she was concerned about the United States president's tweet.

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, " May said. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" he wrote.

The United States, France and Britain have launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) for an apparent chemical attack against civilians last week and to deter him from doing it again. Vassily Nebenzia wants to hear from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the threat to worldwide peace and security from possible military action against Syria by the U.S. and its allies.

Making the case for military action, the document further stated: "The UK is permitted under global law, on an exceptional basis, to take measures in order to alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering... there is convincing evidence, generally accepted by the worldwide community as a whole, of extreme humanitarian distress on a large scale, requiring immediate and urgent relief".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Syria's use of chemical weapons could not be tolerated but questioned whether the strikes would halt their use or contribute to ending the civil war.

"Surely the lessons of Iraq, the lessons that came there from the Chilcott Report, are that there's got to be, there has to be, a proper process of consultation".

"They should have a voice in this. Where do we go from there?"

Ken Clarke, the Conservative former chancellor, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable and Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP in Westminster, also urged Mrs May to give MPs a vote on military action. SNP leader at Westminster Ian Blackford said: "There is no mandate for the Government to take this action".

"The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said May had ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military.

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the Syrian government was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday.

Pentagon officials say the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.