The furore of the bombing of Syria in response to Assad's alleged use of chemical w4epons has already faded from the media and they and we moved on to the cruel, unnecessary and probably illegal treatment of the Windrush children.
However, there are two crucial points which should go on record before they fade from the memory.
First, Mrs May, who makes much of being the daughter of a Christian vicar and her regular church attendances, brazenly tells us that it was not possible to recall and consult parliament about the bombing becasue "speed [was] essential."
This is obvious nonsense: indeed, since we are not in parliament, we can call it a blatant lie. The alleged use use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government was already a week old, "surprise" was not an element in the West's decision since President Trump had already Tweeted as to what he would do.
So Mrs May's government decided, for whatever reason (fear of losing the vote?) to ignore our sovereign parliament and recently developing convention, and "do their own thing."
So much for "taking back control."
Secondly Mrs May claimed that this trilateral military attack by the West's most powerful nation and its two acolytes was perfectly legal.without the consent of the United nations.
As I understand it the relevant international agreements are:
- Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, which says: ”All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any sate.”
- Article 2(5) which states:“All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter”
- Article 7(42):“Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security.
Article 51 ":Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security."