LONDON — Britain on Friday became the latest nation to join the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants, with Parliament voting overwhelmingly to authorize attacks in Iraq — though not in Syria.
The vote brings Britain into the air campaign belatedly, some six weeks after the United States first began carrying out strikes. Prime Minister David Cameron, scarred by a humiliating defeat last year when he sought permission to launch strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, waited this time until he had a clear consensus of support.
Cameron got that backing Friday, with the leadership of all three main parties spearheading a 524-to-43 House of Commons vote endorsing Cameron’s plan to deploy British fighter jets to the skies above Iraq.
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: Meanwhile, the cowardly U.S. Congress refuses to hold a vote authorizing current American military actions in Iraq and Syria as the November midterm elections draw near. And, President Obama is refusing to force them to do so for the very same reasons. Home of the brave? I think not.