Just what would an attack on Syria achieve?

What gives the West the right to forcibly order the world as it would like it to be? Its own record on using vile weapons is hardly a mark of a superior civilisation.

31st August, 2013
For almost a decade now, the bodies of young men and women soldiers have been coming home to be buried with pomp -- and then forgotten, except by their relatives.

What an extraordinary moment that was in the British House of Commons last Thursday night. The Tory party was marching forth to war led by the prime minister David Cameron and the foreign secretary William Hague and was seeking the approval of the House. All day, the members - reluctantly dragged back from their holidays - had debated the ins and outs of getting involved in Syria's civil war. It was supposed to be jaw-jaw...

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