Britain’s House of Common has held an emergency debate on Iraq, with parliament expected to approve airstrikes against Muslim extremists ISIL in Iraq.
Leading the government’s case for intervention was the prime minister; an intervention bitterly opposed by some, but deemed vital by David Cameron.
“We°ve also got to think of the consequences of inaction. If we allow ISIL to grow and thrive, there is no doubt in my mind that the level of threat in this country will increase. We’ve already seen ISIL murderers butcher innocent people in a museum in Brussels. We already had plots here in Britain by ISIL. How much stronger will they be, before we decide we need to take action?” he asked.
The Labour-led opposition is wary of another mideast misadventure. Labour leader Ed Miliband said his party was supporting airstrikes, but needed convincing Britain should take part.
“Those who advocate military action today have to persuade members of the house, not just that ISIL is an evil organisation, but that it is we, Britain, who should take military action in Iraq,” he said.
In the last 20 years British firepower has been used in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq again, Libya, and now it seems likely Iraq for a third time. Anti-war protesters in London on Thursday are appalled it should be happening again.