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Fri Nov 27, 2015, 08:00 PM

10. Indeed.

'Twas retweeted. I don't do Facebook (nor do I have a Twitter a/c). If I'm after a fight, I can always come here.

Blimey, even the FT's getting in on the act:

Cameron’s cunning plan for bombing Isis in Syria
The questions over extending air raids answered in 43 key points

...

Here, then, are the key things you need to know about UK intervention in Syria.

1. British contributions to the air campaign against the Islamist militants will make absolutely no difference at all.

2. No, really, none.

3. You know all those bombs already being dropped on Isis? Well, now there will be a few more.

4. But not that many more.

5. And many of those that will be dropped on Isis in Syria would have been dropped on Isis in Iraq instead.

6. What do you think we are — made of bombs?

...

8. It is important to stress that, before the decision to bomb Syria, there was absolutely no plan on how to defeat Isis.

9. And there still isn’t.

10. But something must be done.

11. And this is that something.

12. These people are really evil.

13. I mean super-evil. Horrible.

14. So we are all going to feel a lot better about ourselves because now we are going to be in there socking it to them as well.

15. I cannot say this will beat them but I can say it will degrade them, which sounds like something.

16. We are doing this to make Britain safer from the threat of Isis.

17. Even though we cannot offer a single reason whatsoever to believe it will achieve that goal.

...

22. We know that these attacks have to be part of a clear and coherent strategy for isolating and defeating Isis. But we do not have the luxury of waiting for one to emerge.

23. So any ideas on a postcard please.

24. Our military strategists make clear that there can be no ultimate victory over those foul butchers in Isis without “boots on the ground”.

25. But none of those boots are going to be ours.

26. We think that stuff is best left to the military forces in Iraq and Syria that have been doing such a bang-up job fighting Isis up till now.

...

31. We are absolutely clear that the long-term political settlement for Syria does not include Bashar al-Assad.

32. Which is a bit of a pity because Russia and Iran are clear that it does.

33. Syria’s future must lie with the moderate anti-Assad opposition.

34. The ones that Russia has been bombing.

...

39. We recognise that there are people in this country with doubts about the wisdom of this action.

40. But, since those doubts are going to be articulated by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, we are not too worried about that.

41. We further recognise that stepping up bombing raids could increase the number of refugees fleeing Syria.

42. But they’re not coming here.

43. Because this regional problem requires a regional solution.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4d31c8bc-941c-11e5-b190-291e94b77c8f.html#axzz3sga5WI97

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