November 24, 2015   |   Michaela Whitton
November 24, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — David Cameron has announced government plans to spend £178 billion on military equipment over the next decade “to defeat the terrorist threat”—while simultaneously attempting to get MPs to agree to a potentially disastrous bombing campaign in Syria. You couldn’t make this up.
After the new priorities for military spending were revealed, Britain’s largest defence companies leapt to the top of the FTSE 100 Index. Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems topped the blue-chip index as the plans to boost the Armed Forces were revealed in The Telegraph.
Cashing in on the recent outpourings of revulsion at the Paris attacks that brought self-appointed caliphate, Daesh (ISIS) to Europe’s doorstep—British politicians have been mercilessly banging the drums of war for intervention in Syria.
The previous call for U.K. military response in Syria, rejected in August 2013, was against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Now the target is Daesh.
Same war, different excuse.
At least 250,000 people have been killed in the ongoing Syrian conflict. Over half of the country’s pre-war population are either internally displaced or have fled abroad. The U.S. has been bombing Syria for over a year. Since September, France has been alongside them. Other members of last year’s coalition, including Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, have effectively withdrawn from the bombing.
Since Russia’s involvement at the end of September, monitoring groups have reported that their airstrikes have killed over 400 civilians.
Polls conducted in the U.K.’s predominantly right-wing media show the softening up of the British population for war has worked and public support for U.K. airstrikes is overwhelming. In contrast, an independent poll by Survation revealed that 56% of the British public believe that military strikes against Syria by governments around the world have made the U.K. less safe.
The Guardian reported that political opinion has shifted in favour of British involvement and that unanimous support for a U.N security council resolution calling on member states to take all necessary means to eradicate ISIS has changed the mood among MPs.
Campaign group Stop the War has launched a campaign to encourage supporters to lobby their MPs to demand they stand against further military escalation in Syria and prevent another disastrous intervention by using a simple e-tool.
“We must build the same level of opposition now, as Cameron tries yet again to get MPs to agree to a U.K. bombing campaign in Syria, the result of which will only be more chaos, more refugees and increased bitterness against the west,” the group said.
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