Tonight the coalition government of the UK got a bloody nose over Syria. Why? Because Ed Miliband actually showed some political leadership.
Instead of taking the easy option Ed took a stand against a jingoistic and ill concieved policy of military intervention against Syria. Good for him and the Labour Party
Don’t get me wrong, watching kids dying from the effects of a poison gas attack makes me as sick as the next man. But I suspect that Western military intervention (US missile strikes) might not be the answer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Western missile strikes kill more Syrians than the gas attacks.
I also think that many UK citizens, me included, don’t trust our political leaders one millimetre. The days of blanket support for UK military actions against Johnnie Foreigner are well and truly over, thankfully. Iraq taught us that our leaders cannot be trusted when it comes to righteous wars aimed at freeing (or is that killing) oppressed masses.
If David Cameron and Nick Clegg hope to convince the British that bombing Syria is going to make a positive difference to the Syrian people then they are going to have to change their approach. They need to finally realise that sticking the Western oar in where it’s not wanted can make a bad situation worse.