British PM David Cameron told Parliament on
Wednesday: " I can
tell the House that the latest reports indicate
that fighting is continuing on a front from
Samarra to Baqubah; that the Baiji oil refinery
in Tikrit is under attack by ISIL; and that the
Peshmerga are fighting ISIL in Diyala province.
But meanwhile there is this large-scale
recruitment not only of Shi’a militias but also
of other young recruits to the Iraqi armed
forces, and it is vital that that proceeds and
that ISIL is pushed back by the Iraqis.
He said: "The people
in that regime, as well as trying to take
territory, are also planning to attack us here
at home in the United Kingdom, so the right
answer is to be long-term, hard-headed, patient
and intelligent in the interventions we make.
"The most important intervention of all is to
ensure that those governments are fully
representative of the people who live in their
countries, that they close down the ungoverned
space and that they remove the support for the
extremists. We must do that not only in Syria,
but in Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali, because
these problems will come back and hit us at home
if we do not."
However, Galloway told VoR: “What
he didn’t answer was the question I asked him 12
months ago: would he explain to the [House of
Commons] the differences between the al-Qaeda we
are supporting in some countries and the
al-Qaeda we’re considering a threat to life as
we know it in other places.
“We are supporting al-Qaeda in Syria. We’ve
given them very substantial sums of British
taxpayers money, even more the way of military
aid and logistics and training and the support
of special forces.
“But when those very same al-Qaeda crossed the
border into Iraq, well, it’s end of life as we
know it and we must bomb them there, but support
their bombing of others in the other country. So
this simply – as a matter of simple logic
– cannot be squared and no British politician is
addressing that contradiction.
"Well, I told you so. I told you so. And, more
importantly, I told him so. I told him that
these people that you’re encouraging in Syria
will one day stalk the streets of our own
country and the material that they have gathered
there and the wherewithal and the knowledge and
experience that they gained there will one day
be practiced against us. That’s why I described
Britain’s policy in Syria as close to insanity.
I told William Hague, you’ve been wrong many
times before. In fact you’ve been wrong most of
your life, but you’ve never been insane before.
This policy of encouraging Jihadism in Syria is
close to literal insanity and we’re no closer to
resolving that contradiction today, after David
Cameron’s answers, than we were before he got to
his feet, because we are still supporting these
people in Syria but we are ready to go to war
with them in Iraq.
“We are stuck because of where we are starting
from. We cannot intervene in the conflict in
Iraq even though that conflict may now lead to
the physical separation of the country and this
ISIS formation cannot possibly conquer Baghdad,
still less conquer the south of the country, so
– de facto – Iraq no longer exists. It’s at
least three countries. It is the Kurdish entity,
the ISIS-controlled Sunni heartlands and the
Shiite-controlled capital and south. And that
will be pregnant with many terrifying problems
for now and for many decades to come."
conundrum of Syria
said: “They ought to relate to the government in
Syria in an entirely different way to the one
they are. They ought to support to Syrian
government’s mortal struggle for existence
against the seal-Qaeda elements. They must
dispose of a trick they learned in the 1980s in
Afghanistan which has led to so much trouble.
Your enemy’s enemy isn’t always your friend.
Sometimes your enemy’s enemy is worse than your
enemy and sometimes it’s right to collaborate
with your enemy against your enemy’s enemy,
because the trick we learned in Afghanistan, was
– apparently, temporarily – successful results
was to link up with people who are the complete
opposite of what we say we are ourselves in
order to defeat someone else. And that’s the
mistake that we made in Afghanistan which led to
the Taliban, which led to Bin Laden, which led
to al-Qaeda and so on.
hatred of Russia was such that we were ready to
ally with anyone against her. And look at all
the trouble it’s caused.”
of Tony Blair
During Prime Minister’s Question Time on
Wednesday, Sir Peter Tapsell asked the PM:
“Is the Prime Minister aware of
the growing sentiment that, as the publication
of the Chilcot report has been so long delayed,
the ancient but still existing power of Back
Benchers to commence the procedure of
impeachment should now be activated to bring Mr
Tony Blair to account for allegedly misleading
the House on the necessity of the invasion of
Iraq in 2003?”
Galloway told VoR:
[Blair] was hovering in the
rafters in the chamber today. Not least when the
very august figure of the Father of the House,
Sir Peter Tapsell, himself a former soldier in
the 1950s and 1960s, called for Mr Blair’s
impeachment – something I, myself, began
yesterday, though I am happy to hand it over to
Sir Peter if he will lead it. Mr Blair’s
presence was there, like Banquo’s ghost, but I
think the day of reckoning for Tony Blair is
rapidly approaching. More rapidly than I had
even dared hope.
“Parliament could send him to prison.
Admittedly, it hasn’t been done since 1806, but
our power to impeach him remains. Our power to
imprison him remains and I’m going to force
parliament to make a decision on whether or not
it wants to do that for the crime of making
aggressive war against Iraq, misleading the
British Parliament and Public, misleading Her
Majesty the Queen, even though he remains a
Privy Councillor. The Right Honourable Tony
Blair, who is neither right, nor honourable.
One of the
gravest of them all is the matter of war and
peace, life and death. So every MP is going to
be forced to vote for or against my motion to
impeach him and their constituents, their votes
remember there’s a general election coming up
fast and I will be very interested in how they
process has begun, the touchpaper has been lit.
Sir Peter Tapsell gave it an almighty shove at
Prime Minister’s Questions today. I think his
time has come.”
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