David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was put in his place in a democratic vote in Parliament yesterday, a move that will have a direct affect on the other Lords of War as regards Syria.
Intent on retribution for what has been claimed to be a chemical attack on civilians on that war-torn country, Cameron pushed for a vote in Parliament that would have given him authority to take part in an attack on Assad's forces. This, it is said, would have been by rocket and air attack on strategic targets, as in Libya, and not involving landing forces in the country. He was defeated by 13 votes in a recalled Parliamentary vote with some of his own party voting against him.
The fear of British residents, tired by past failed exploits, is that this would just be a first step to greater things and involvement in a conflict that has multiple participants. The so-called rebels are represented by many political and terrorist organisations fighting on many fronts. In the event of peace negotiations, who speaks for them? And is Assad really in charge of his troops? It has been reported that the chemical attack came from an artillery company led by Assad's impetuous brother. And this without authorisation.
But there again we rely on media reports and the various media agents also have their own angles on reporting the events. So many groups involved; so many hidden agendas.
As has been proved in the past, air strikes by outside forces will only inflame an out-of-control situation. The Pope has lectured that only peace talks will end the conflict which, in normal circumstances, would appear to be a sensible approach. But who would then enforce the agreement? The United Nation? The UN is united in name alone and in this instance Russia and China on the Security Council each have their own agendas.
There are so many pitfalls and dangers, political and military, that come with involvement in outside interference. We only have to look at the mess that was made of Afghanistan, of Iraq, of Libya, to name but a few, all of which are still in turmoil today. Do politicians never learn?
Perhaps our own dear leader, President Jacob Zuma, would do well to take note and stop involvement in other African country's internal affairs such as CAR and the Congo. The casualties to South African soldiers are increasing as is inevitable in a war situation. But, there again, there is the question of hidden agendas. And that is why we have the recently-passed “secrecy bill” that protects government from releasing details on selected events. The Lords of War continue unabated.