10 Things You Can Expect After We Bomb Syria.
Military action is officially being extended into Syria.
The votes have been taken; an overwhelming majority were in favor of extending the airstrikes, as of last night they started.
There are 10 things that will undoubtedly happen following the government’s successful voting campaign.
Lefties will blame “rigged” democracy
Ironically, since the vote went forward, social media and some commentators, such as Owen Jones, have revolted against this country’s “rigged” democracy. Though the motion being successful is a hard pill to swallow, it is evident that due to Jeremy Corbyn’s love of democracy, the vote was an overwhelming majority for the bombing of Syria. Indeed, if the Labour party, were to revolt against his own morals, there would have arguably been less rebels. However, that wouldn’t be very democratic – to force someone to vote on behalf of your views on any matter does in fact oppose the very ideal of democracy.
Tony Blair will speak out
Yesterday’s debate saw many MPs compare this situation to that of the illegal war in Iraq that was put forward to the same MPs 12 years ago. The Chilcot inquiry is still yet to be published, and so MPs can only assume given the elongated time they have waited for the inquiry that the rumours of it being illegal is all but confirmed. The ex-prime minister has had the Iraq war haunt him ever since he left his post, and there is no doubt that with the constant similarities being drawn he will have something to say to the Government. Whether the words be of warning or of help, Tony Blair will no doubt have something to say with regards to the Labour party, to the war, or to David Cameron’s dedication to the action being taken.
Tony Benn's speech will become part of popular culture
Last night also saw Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn, completely contradict the words of his late father, Tony Benn. Tony Benn can be seen in videos all over Facebook publicly disagreeing with the idea of military action in Iraq in the 90s. However, his son was completely in favor of taking action in Syria last night and after making his speech he had applause from both sides of the chamber. Strangely, the speech his father made had a young Jeremy Corbyn in the back ground, whilst the speech Hilary Benn made had a much older Jeremy Corbyn in the background. After Hilary Benn made his speech, there was much fervour across all media platforms against what he had said, but one thing was undeniable, he spoke like someone who could be the next Labour Party leader. So much so that Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on it.
Protests will be evident, but ignored, again.
As with the Iraq war in 2003, there were protests outside of Downing Street refusing the military action extension into Syria, with an attempt to “destroy” ISIS. The protests were unsurprisingly waved off, which only echos that of the general public’s dismay at the choice of taking military action. The only surprising aspect of the choice to extend into Syria is that the general public didn’t want it, made those feelings clear to their respective MPs only to be ignored. One Tory MP, during the debate, pointed out that his constituents were unsure about taking military action, but as he announce to the speaker, “I will have to disagree with them on this one, so I will be voting for military action.”
Russia will take the territory over
The main concern about the military action was being in a coalition with an army as fearful and arguably as power hungry as Russia’s. The issue lies within the fact that if we are doing airstrikes we can’t be entirely sure where we are hitting. If we were to hit a Russian military base, then the UK could be facing some very big problems. However with regards to that instability, a Turkish bomb recently hit a Russian jet and Russia almost ignored it, in order to keep the peace with EU members (France, Britain) who are part of the coalition. Russia will inevitably take over from the forces who first decide to give up, which will probably cause some unease as they, much like with Ukraine, will attempt to invade the country.
Troops will be deployed
The mandate put forward by David Cameron claimed that military troops would be unnecessary due to an estimated “70,000” moderates on the ground in the form of the Kurds. However the chairman of the Defence Select Committee and long-serving Conservative MP, Julian Lewis, lambasted this number. The problem that lies within this particular tactic, is that we have to be sure when handing these moderates our weaponry that they don’t convert into extremists. If that were to happen we would equally end up with a bigger enemy in ISIS. This means that David Cameron, will inevitably have to deploy troops in to Syria to ensure that we have people on our side indefinitely whilst fighting ISIS.
This will be David Cameron’s legacy
Now in his final term of Government (it’s general rule of thumb that no Prime Minister serves three terms), David Cameron will be remembered for this. Though the airstrikes is an issue in itself, the Conservatives have cut money here there and everywhere in the budget with claims that there isn’t enough money. But the airstrikes are still going ahead, which is a bit of an embarrassment for the government as they have spent countless Wednesday afternoons in Prime Minister’s questions explaining why they are cutting the NHS, why they’re getting rid of British business and now, why they’re cutting universal spending. It’s a massive hypocrisy from prime minister to say the country can no longer afford this that and the other, but can afford to endorse a war. Much like the way Iraq has followed Tony Blair for being illegal, this will follow Cameron for being a complete U-turn.
Syria will be completely decimated
Anyone who has saw the images of Syria now compared to a year ago has begged the question, what is there to bomb? Well, unfortunately, there isn’t really much left of the country. Buildings no longer have walls; families no longer have homes. The worry is, whether this country will be able to withstand further airstrikes on top of what they have received for the past 18 months. The place will be nothing but rubble after this next series of airstrikes from the coalition and unfortunately, the refugee crisis will widen and more lives will be lost, if not in the warzone on the Mediterranean.
ISIS will strengthen
Something that the Government has failed to note is that ISIS is not only a strong terrorist organisation, but is also a rather big one. The airstrike that France done in the wake of the Paris attacks was less successful than one covert operation they done in their own country. It begs the question, what will happen next if we continue to be so naïve as to assumer that bombing a country where they originate from is the answer. The fact is, they are or at the very least were based in Syria, if they still are, bombing innocent civilians will only give them a drive in recruitment, which at first hand have suffered from western civilisations ignorance. This ignorance gives the military action the tagline, “you can’t bomb an ideology” and though it is cliché, it is abundantly true.
David Cameron will have an inquiry of his own in 12 years
No doubt about it, the Government do have a strong enough reason to intervene. Whether it be because of the Paris Attacks or because of the threat to our own country, the government’s reasoning is hard to fault. But, what will be looked at in 12 years time, will be the necessity of the cause. How have ISIS multiplied how are they gaining finance, where are they getting their weapons. Cameron will suffer from these two questions for the rest of his time in Government. And most importantly, why isn’t he doing anything about Saudia Arabia, well, Dave wouldn’t attack his oil owning pals would he…