Assad’s use of chemical weapons is despicable. But any move that risks confrontation with Russia carries profound danger
I trust the prime minister. Theresa May’s caution is admirable compared with Vladimir Putin’s macho conduct or the infantile tweeting of Donald Trump. I also understand that our alliances dictate that she now has to support the US and France – in some way – if action is taken against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. They have recently supported the UK over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.
However, serving in military campaigns, as I have done in Afghanistan and Iraq, one sees both the utility and the futility of force. Success lies in recognising the difference. Bombing the Assad regime makes ethical sense, but I have seen no evidence to show it makes strategic or practical sense.