Cross the threshold by joining airstrikes first, then when that inevitably does not work, say it has to be followed up by ground troops.

David Cameron visiting British troops in Afghanistan, 2014.

Barack Obama is sending ground troops to Syria and Iraq. He is sending a “permanent expeditionary force”. He told the US Congress on 1 December 2015: “It puts everybody on notice in Syria. You don’t know at night who is going to be coming in the window.”

They are sending troops back to Iraq and now to Syria, but it was the invasion of Iraq which created the chaos out of which ISIS emerged under the occupation and in its prisons in the first place.

In doing so the President of the United States has given the lie to Cameron’s flannel about the 70,000-strong “moderate” rebels in Syria

It is Nato which is to “put boots on the ground”. Cameron must have known that yesterday when the government published its motion for war to be voted on tonight.

We know from former US Ambassador to the UN Colin Powell that as part of the “special relationship” of British prime ministers unswervingly supporting the US military that Tony Blair told George W Bush a year before the Iraq War and that Britain would join the US invasion of Iraq come what may.

Why should Cameron be any different? US bombing for over a year in Syria has not worked. Cameron knows that. When he says that Britain vaguely that must play its role alongside the US what he is doing is preparing the way for British troops to follow Obama’s plan and be sent to fight, kill and die in Syria.

Cameron knows he has no chance of getting that through parliament tonight. So instead he is – just like Blair – hiding the truth and adopting salami tactics.

Cross the threshold of joining airstrikes first and then say as that inevitably does not work that it has to be followed up by ground troops. “We can’t let our allies do all the work.” This is just how the US war in Vietnam started, with an expeditionary force, followed by more and more troops. A Labour prime minister – Harold Wilson – refused to join it.

And Labour MPs can stop Britain joining a second bloody Iraq disaster tonight.

Cameron will pretend tonight that he is “supporting our soldiers” while denouncing those opposed to war as “terrorist sympathisers”.
But he is moving towards sending British soldiers to kill and be killed in Syria on a double lie – the lie that the airstrikes will work, and the lie that it will stop there.

This is not just about stopping the bombing. It is about stopping a second Iraq War, which is already seeing a clash between the rival powers, including Russia and Turkey.

UPDATE: The UK parliament agreed on 2 December to David Cameron’s rush to war, with the support of 66 Labour Party ‘rebels’. Did former Tory foreign minister William Hague let the cat out of the military bag, when he said Britain ‘should not rule out… the use of perhaps small specialist ground forces from western nations in the future if that helps to tip the balance on the ground’?

Source: Stop the War Coalition

02 Dec 2015

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