Senior UK Civil Servants and politicians must eat humble pie. We are the tiniest of countries, compared with the US and post-Brexit, we will be of no account, unless we stick by our democracy and our principles.
UK law says that you cannot go to war unless you have parliamentary approval. It does actually beggar belief that Parliament is on holiday, whilst the US tries to start World War III. Mr Trump is not a fan of the UN and appears to think he is above international law and beyond them. They are simply not as fast as Twitter.
Who knows, if by next week, he will want to use our forces in Cyprus (peaceful for 44 years, since the Turks invaded Cyprus), to launch US weapons of mass destruction? Then his hands will not be soiled by war.
The delay in asking Parliament to vote for military action may save us. At least, it will give us some time whilst we recall Parliament. Mr Trump has cancelled a state visit to South America. Come back UK politicians, whatever hue, before Mrs May bows down to Trump and allows US planes to refuel on Cyprus.
Has anyone asked for Cyprians’ thoughts on being used to incite war? If chemical weapons are being used on the children in Syria, then a reprisal to Cyprus would be made with a shrug of the shoulders. British citizens should leave immediately.
That the US sent home 60 Russian diplomats is perhaps in proportion to the size of country. We cannot be trumped by the US in Syria. It is so much better to wait for the UN, whose peacekeepers work globally. It is a peculiar triumvirate here: the US, France and Britain against the world. We are signed-up members of the UN and NATO. What does France achieve out of this? We all know that Mr Trump thinks he is leader of the world; maybe a misunderstanding, he should be a world leader.
It is also unhelpful for a former UK Prime Minister to advocate war when he made such a hash of it last time. No weapons of mass destruction, (the reason for our entry to war), were found in the desert and we were left with loss of such brave soldiers. They must be given the respect of going to war, if the UN agrees and not on a Twitter whim.
So, to the Civil Servants: it is up to you to persuade your departments’ politicians to wait. Who is behind the chemical attack? I do not often agree with Jeremy Corbyn, yet here he is right about waiting for an investigation into the chemical weapons’ attack. Then we can perhaps save some of the children. Going blindly into war helps no-one and last time under Tony Blair, it did not work.
It is weird, under a Conservative government, to even consider going to war without the democratic decision of Parliament. To a believer in democracy, it is worrying.
As a note off the subject, the US wants us to change our trading principles so that they can sell us chickens washed in chlorine. Give over; we’ve seen the scary smiles.