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article imageOp-Ed: Syrian crisis — UK parliament recalled, warplanes sent to Cyprus

By Eileen Kersey     Aug 27, 2013 in Politics
London - As Country Joe Fish's anti-Vietnam anthem loops around this bloggers' brain it looks like one, two three once again we could be off to war. This time the target is Syria.
Just who will be the lead players, fund it, gain from it and how long this war will last are a few of the many questions that right now have no answers forthcoming.
The latest news is that after British politicians demanded parliament was recalled it will sit Thursday. BBC News reports "David Cameron said MPs would vote on a "clear motion", amid calls for action against the country's government. The UK is considering military options following last week's suspected [chemical] attack, which is being investigated by the UN. The Syrian government said it was not responsible and the US and others were using it as an excuse to attack it."
Russia for now continues to support the Syrian regime whilst the Obama administration in the US insists that it is clear Assad launched the attack. In truth only the perpetrators of the chemical attack know who was responsible, unless outside forces played a part.
Now that David Cameron is part of the twittersphere he tweeted Tuesday: "Speaker agrees my request to recall Parliament on Thurs. There'll be a clear Govt motion & vote on UK response to chemical weapons attacks." It was however not Cameron's choice so much as it was demanded by other UK politicians.
Will the British people be allowed a vote? After all neither of the coalition parties received a mandate to govern, that is no clear majority. Tweet the PM @David_Cameron if you want to tell him your thoughts.
Although UK parliament will not sit until Thursday PM David Cameron will hold a special security meeting Wednesday. The UK National Security Council will meet Wednesday but already Cameron has been holding separate meetings with key players in the UK, namely Foreign Secretary William Hague and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
What this most likely means is that a decision will be made Wednesday and MP's will vote on it Thursday. The vote however may not prevent the coalition government authorising a military strike or agreeing to support action by another country.
Currently Nick Clegg has said there will be "no-boots-on-the-ground" in Syria and any military action will have to be "legal". This time it could be very different to Tony Blair's blind faith agreement with George Bush leading to Britain's involvement in the Iraq war.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that American forces are good to go and simply waiting for the nod from Obama. Last week however President Obama seemed a little reluctant to wade into what could become another costly and lengthy war.
Francois Hollande for France also seems to be banging the drum for war but which countries would be involved in a possible attack remains to be seen.
Tuesday the UK has sent warplanes to the small Mediterranean Island of Cyprus where foreign military forces still hold the "green line" between the Turkish and Greek parts of Cyprus. This means that warplanes are within 100km of Syria but they could still be pulled back. The world has been taken to the brink of war many times in its history only to be pulled back at the eleventh hour.
This unfolding war game may still have a stop or pause button but the main players may not want to use it.
The mission remains to oust Assad. If it was to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria the west would not be supporting rebels nor supplying them with god knows what weapons.
For now all any of us can do is hold our breath.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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