The long awaited recall of Parliament to discuss ISIS has finally been announced. It’s happening on Friday. That just happens to be the day at Conference when the UKIP manifesto will be revealed, the day on which Nigel Farage will give his main speech.
This has been rumoured for some time, and is politicking of the finest. Recalling Parliament during the Conference Season could easily have been for Thursday, or any other day. After all, we do have a Deputy PM, given that Cameron is at the UN right now.
But let’s take a step back and look at the larger picture. While Cameron actually does recall Parliament to debate a military involvement of our forces, President Obama waited precisely until Congress had broken up, and members had gone away to prepare for the Mid-Term elections in November.
One other difference is that, no matter what one thinks of Cameron, he does accept that military actions need the agreement of Parliament, no matter what they’re called. In contrast, Obama kept telling the world first that there was no real plan, and then that what was happening was just a ‘counter-terrorist operation’, and not a war. Thus Obama evaded the duty to get the agreement of Congress, just as he did during the ‘campaign’ in Libya.
Furthermore, we’ve now learned from US State Dept spokespersons that Syria had not been involved in this action, nor had Syria been given the opportunity. The USA informed the Syrian government – via their UN ambassador! – that these strikes would take place, and not to attack the US airplanes flying these missions. It is certainly noteworthy that nowadays one country can take it upon herself to bomb another under the label ‘counter terrorist mission’.
Having said all that, there is indeed no way that we can let ISIS and the other terrorist organisations like al-Nusra flourish, that we must accept their caliphate. ISIS is now threatening us within our countries. France flew missions in Northern Iraq, and now a French citizen kidnapped in Algeria is being threatened, as reported here.
However, what our politicians don’t seem to realise – or what they prefer not to mention – is that ISIS, the existence of their caliphate and our military response, makes it necessary to address the question of islam in our country with honesty rather than the usual mumbled declarations that islam is the religion of peace, while praising some imams for their moderation. The example of the security crack-down on jihadis in Australia surely is a wake-up call.
While there is a huge difference in how Obama and Cameron follow the constitutional question of getting the agreement of the people’s representatives for military actions, there is no difference at all in how they and their governments are addressing the question of militant islam. Both have acted more as appeasers, because that is what our cultural leaders have been preaching for decades. We here in the UK only need to look at what happened on Rotherham for proof of that attitude.
It is not too late to address this problem, sine ira et studio (‘without anger and zealotry’ as the ancient Romans said). Should an ISIS atrocity take place here in the UK, then no politician ought to be surprised by the anger of the people.