Long-time commenter Avraham asks, “How about an editorial criticising Britain’s abandoning Syrian innocents to more chemical/gas attacks?”
The first thing to say is that I don’t accept that Parliament’s decision not to support military action against Assad amounts to abandoning Syrians. How is it possible to punish a regime with missile strikes? When will we get beyond the attempt at resolving conflicts by hurling explosives at them? A knee-jerk attack on Assad without any clear notion of the intended strategic outcomes would have been foolish indeed, and you don’t have to take my naive word for it: senior British military figures seem to agree.
Furthermore, it turns out that until very recently, Britain was granting export licences to firms selling the ingredients for chemical weapons to Syria. This revelation should be no surprise, but it should disgust and outrage us. If we want to have the moral authority to denounce the actions of nasty foreign dictators, we really do have to stop selling them their tools.