By Alastair Sloan
David Cameron’s decision this week to allow Parliament a vote on extending air strikes from Iraq into Syria was not a reaction to the Paris attacks, though the timing may feel that way. No, the real reason for Cameron’s passion for military action dates back to his failed bid to intervene against Assad in 2013. Back then UK’s standing in the international community dropped dramatically after Cameron’s unprecedented and mortifying defeat, which collapsed international will to act against Assad early on in the revolution. His excuse was that he had been backstabbed by his political opponents acting outside the national interest, but international allies have been suspicious of his abilities ever since.
This collapse in confidence hasn’t spelled Britain’s fall from the top table however. The rise of the Islamic State last year presented a clear opportunity for Cameron to prove that the UK could still step up in times of need. Yet when the US-led Coalition was formed inRead More »from Cameron's Syrian war fever is really about wounded pride