LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar Assad’s government.

A grim-faced Cameron conceded after the vote that “the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.”

The prime minister said that while he still believed in a “tough response” to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad’s regime, he would respect the will of Parliament.


3 thoughts on “British Parliament Votes Against Military Intervention In Syria

  1. A seminal moment? Perhaps. David Cameron once infamously claimed he was the true heir to Tony Blair, and with Syria he attempted to drag an unwilling people into another ill advised adventure in the Middle East.

    A decade ago, mere days before the assault on Iraq was launched, two million protesters on the streets of London failed to deter Blair from his course. This time we’ve demonstrated the warmongers can be stopped in their tracks.

    Of course this is no cause from complacency. A nasty, dirty civil war in Syria will inevitably throw up further atrocities, in turn provoking renewed calls for action. The lesson of yesterday is war will require a higher standard of evidence than was produced this time.


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