Can I test branch opinion? If it is strongly one way, I will pass it on (and up!).
I oppose military intervention….Iraq and Afghanistan are the dreadful comparators (not Libya). It would of course, like Iraq, be an ” illegal” war. More importantly – what might be the consequences? Unknowable – but certainly more deaths and refugees. And a de facto move into the Syrian civil war…..on one side – whose 1000 + ‘rebel’ components are arguably as unpleasant as Assad… 50,000 Kurds fled them 2 weeks ago, into Iraq.
Let the US and Russia return to the conference mooted in May – let the Arab League be supported in efforts at least in a cease fire.
While Iraq had a very nasty regime, the invasion exponentially raised the number – 4 million rather than 2 million refugees, for example.
And, of course, it stinks of double standards. There are plenty of other nasty regimes – indeed, civil wars – where humanitarian imperatives are just as strong. And, of course, there are nasty regimes who are too strong for ‘us’ to threaten; or where our trade is too important.
What do you think?
Peter (Branch Chair)
Respond by 1800 h Friday if poss
Thank you for those who replied in such a short time ..None of the replies supported Action in the way proposed by HMG(there were some nuances.)
I have passed this on to Constituency Chairs & C Tinker,since one would hope for a Public statement of some sort.
Only 9 LD MP’s voted against HMG;a sad decline from our position on Iraq.