Whilst his country was busy dealing with events both across the waters and indeed at home, PM David Cameron was having a ‘fun’ break with his wife Samantha in Portugal. But this was cut short as he was needed in order to chair the COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room) emergency committee on the crisis in Iraq.
It might have also been to do with the fact that former Foreign Office minister, Baroness Warsi, registered her discontent on the government’s policy on Gaza. Added pressure eh, Dave?
What is the current crisis in Iraq? The crisis erupted as a result of the seizure of Mosul by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and their rapid move south towards Baghdad, consequently throwing Iraq into another post-regime change crisis. MPs from across the three main parties, including a substantial number of Tories, have also urged David Cameron to recall parliament from recess to allow the Commons to debate Britain’s involvement in any escalation of Western intervention. This has still not occurred.
In an attempt to help those who have become entrapped within the conflict, including the trapped Yazidis, Britain is to transport military equipment to resupply Kurdish forces which have been out-gunned by IS (Islamic State). Chinook helicopters are also to be sent to the region to increase the options to ease the plight of the tens of thousands of trapped Yazidis.
However, despite the humanitarian efforts, Cameron has insisted the UK will not intervene militarily. This counters the increasing calls from experienced commanders and several Tory MPs. Former defence secretary, Liam Fox, has supported the use of the military to protect civilians from the “barbaric” jihadists and attacked the “catastrophic complacency” of Western politicians over the humanitarian crisis.
On the other hand, Labour MP Graham Allen hit out at those calling for UK air strikes. “Many MPs who voted for the Iraq war, started this blood-letting and the creation of Isis, have learnt nothing and bay for yet more violence”
Could this be a repeat of Blair’s government? Well with Cameron resisting military intervention, it looks like he’s trying to avoid history repeating itself. Some might say rightly so.
I’ve also seen some comments in which people have argued for limited intervention from both Britain and the United States but how long can we ignore our international neighbours?
As put by shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander:
“”The Government should be working actively with our allies to now step up the humanitarian response to the unfolding tragedy on Mount Sinjar. That should include looking at how the United Kingdom can contribute most effectively.”
Either way, it looks like no one wants a repeat of the Iraq crisis during Blair’s government.
Hopefully Dave’s not too sad about his holiday being cut short. On the plus side, his tan looks erm, great!?