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The US has launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base used during this week’s gas attack. President Trump said in a statement:
“It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”
Number 10 said:
“The UK Government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airbase was “almost completely destroyed”. At least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the strike. At last the west stands up to Assad…
Michael Howard makes the direct comparison between a small group of Brits threatened by a Spanish speaking country and another woman PM. War!
Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:
“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”
It might look something like this:
This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…
What on earth is going on with Crispin Blunt? The Foreign Affairs select committee chairman lost the plot last week, demanding private investigators find out who exposed his determination to water down criticism of the Saudis. The ‘super-committee’ on Saudi arms then descended into farce and released competing reports, with notoriously Arabist Blunt’s report arguing we should go much softer. Very odd behaviour.
This morning the Foreign Affairs committee’s report on Libya is now being called into question. Guardian journalist Patrick Kingsley has debunked one of the report’s most important and bizarre claims – that Gaddafi wasn’t a major threat to civilians in Benghazi. The committee cited a report from Amnesty International, however it appears no such Amnesty report exists. Confusing. Embarrassing for Blunt and the Foreign Affairs committee – that’s two very public humiliations in the space of 24 hours…
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry didn’t hold back in her damning indictment of David Cameron’s “legacy of shame” in Libya. Thornberry says Cameron “repeated all the major mistakes” of Iraq, blasts that “the warnings of experts in the region were ignored” and claims there was a “hidden goal of regime change for which there was no legal basis”. She concludes that intervention in Libya was “deeply reckless and complacent”. Pub quiz question: can you name the top Corbynista who on 21 March 2011, when the Commons voted on military action in Libya, backed war? One Emily Thornberry…