The world wakes up to UK, US & France teaming up to form a coalition to launch air strikes on Syria.
This is in response to the alleged chemical attack in the City of Douma by the Syrian regime. PM May has argued that the use of chemical weapons is illegal under International Law, and that launching military action was the right thing to do.
She also stated that the air strikes were designed to degrade and deter the Assad regime. The intention is not to change regimes in Syria or to escalate the civil war. This is solely to discourage the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons.
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour party stated that the air strikes are legally questionable. Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party further stated that in view that there is an eratic American President, who may be saying something else by the afternoon. He continued to state that it was disappointing that PM did not seek parliamentary approval.
Russia has issued a statement in which they state that there will be consequences.
Parliament is away on recess during the Easter break and did not vote on whether these military actions should go ahead.
PM Theresa May justifies her decision of launching targeted airstrikes by stating it was the right thing to do.
This will no doubt call her leadership and respect for following democratic processes into question. Can a PM of any country launch a military attack without discussing the matter first within its own elected house.
It appears that the eratic American President consulted congress before he waged war on Syria. It is a shame that the British PM has ignored protocols and the very essence of democracy by acting alone, and so far it appears without the majority approval of her people and fellow colleagues.
About Author:Shaghofta Akhtar is a British Pakistani living in the UK. She is a TV anchor & Columnist. She has worked for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and has served on 2 UK Government regeneration projects in her capacity as Chair & Vice Chairperson totalling around £18million. She is a qualified Business Management Consultant.