William Hague is clearly out of his depth. He must go. Resign now and return to the speakers circuit. Leave international diplomacy to those with a knowledge and feeling for history, writes UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom.
"The only military or strategic advantage to such gas attacks on civilians in a Damascus suburb is to the rebels, many of whom have been flown in from outside Syria."
•As always politicians with no military experience are those who call loudest for war. The latest Syrian debacle is no exception. We are all shocked and horrified to see women and children subjected to chemical weapons and in our outrage we feel we must punish someone. Yet we do not know who is responsible. The ridiculous Foreign Office seem to have adopted the role of horse racing tipster. 6-4 on Assad, 10-1 Sunnis, 60-1 Shias, 100-1 Kurds. “In all probability”. Possibly one of the weakest documents released by a largely discredited government institution who bought in to the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ last time around.
The UK seems now to be a vassal state of the USA taking our instructions and intelligence reports direct from the State Department no questions asked. Those trained in chemical warfare know that there are delivery system implications as well as geo political consequences to their use. We also know from as early as 1915 only canisters of poison gas and favourable wind are needed to cause mayhem and panic. (Langemark, the first use of gas by Germany in the Great War.)
The only military or strategic advantage to such gas attacks on civilians in a Damascus suburb is to the rebels, many of whom have been flown in from outside Syria. Our recently retired ambassador to Syria warns against intervention in what is and has always been a Sunni/Shia war in one of the planet’s most complicated areas. We have witnessed failure in Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the appalling consequences of our policy on Syria are plain for all to see.
Parliament has quite rightly stepped in and neutered a gung-ho coalition. It is vital Congress puts a stop to the usual bellicose neo cons in the State Department.
To make war successful there must be a ‘war aim’. What is the proposed war aim? What is the exit strategy? Would that our senior politicians were equally moved by a visit to Hadley Court to see our wounded as they are by Syrian civilian victims.
William Hague, although a witty and amusing after dinner speaker and parliamentary performer is clearly out of his depth. He must go. Resign now and return to the speakers circuit which is so clearly his forte. Leave international diplomacy to those with a knowledge and feeling for history.