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Syria gas attack must not go unpunished, says Boris Johnson
standard.co.uk ^ | September 02, 2013 | Nicholas Cecil

Posted on 09/02/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

The chemical weapons attack blamed on Bashar Assad’s regime must not go “unpunished”, Boris Johnson warned today.

The Mayor of London also piled pressure on David Cameron to hold a second Commons vote to allow Britain to join military action against Assad’s forces.

Just weeks ago, Mr Johnson told of his “deep anxieties” about the UK getting involved in the Syrian civil war in which at least 100,000 people have died.

However, he said today: “But to use gas for mass murder is a crime that we cannot allow to go unpunished.”

Writing in his Daily Telegraph column, the Mayor added: “It seems overwhelmingly likely that the forces of the Syrian regime have indeed used chemical weapons and killed hundreds of civilians in an act of utter savagery.”

Mr Johnson believes evidence against Assad’s forces may harden and a second Commons vote is “perfectly possible”, despite the dangers to Mr Cameron’s leadership if he lost.

The Mayor spoke out as Barack Obama stepped up his campaign to persuade Congress to support missile strikes on the Syrian regime for crossing his “red line” with the suspected chemical weapons attack last month.

If Mr Obama wins over a sceptical Congress next week, Mr Cameron will face renewed calls for parliament to reconsider its view, a move already suggested by former Tory leader Lord Howard, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown and ex-foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

But deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stressed: “I can’t foresee any circumstances that we would go back to Parliament on the same question.”

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt appeared to leave slightly more possibility of a second vote, saying: “You can never say never to anything, if circumstances are different who knows?”

Washington says Sarin gas was used in the attack on the outskirts of the capital Damascus which killed at least 1,429 civilians, including more than 400 children. British spy chiefs have been more cautious over the death toll, saying it is at least 350, and that it is “highly likely” that the regime carried out the attack.

Mr Obama’s decision to seek Congress backing caught the world by surprise and French president Francois Hollande is facing pressure to follow suit.


TOPICS: Israel; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alistairburt; borisjohnson; davidcameron; france; francoishollande; iran; israel; lebanon; maheralassad; mayoroflondon; nickclegg; nickklegg; potassiumfluoride; redline; russia; sarin; sodiumfluoride; syria; thebrotherdidit; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 09/02/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Oh well then I guess that settles it. After all Boris is so very very important


2 posted on 09/02/2013 7:45:37 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I want proof. Undeniable proof. Where is it?

All I hear is “we have proof”. Well show the American public please. Bush had to do a lot more convincing then this, and Americans wanted blood then.


3 posted on 09/02/2013 7:46:00 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Well la dee freakin da.


4 posted on 09/02/2013 7:46:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is this that idot Brit who was a chum of Saddam Hussein?


5 posted on 09/02/2013 7:48:01 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Nifster
One out of seven Britons lives in the city he runs.

One in five work there.

6 posted on 09/02/2013 7:49:34 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Never mind law and democratic process and all that jazz.

The Mob has spoken.


7 posted on 09/02/2013 7:50:33 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Why do I get the feeling that America is being set up? Why are so many peace loving leftists suddenly hawks? Strange. Very strange.


8 posted on 09/02/2013 7:50:36 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No, you’re completely wrong.


9 posted on 09/02/2013 7:50:37 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Nifster

Polls show that Boris will likely be the next leader of the Tory party.


10 posted on 09/02/2013 7:50:44 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You mean George Galloway? No, he blamed the chemical attack on Israel.


11 posted on 09/02/2013 7:51:52 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The drums of foreign intervention are sounding like the car sound system of your local gang-banger. The arms merchants and speculators of bloody internicine conflicts must feed.


12 posted on 09/02/2013 7:51:57 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’d rather listen to this guy’s views....

This Brit makes much more sense...

Nigel Farage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ayIPvUMvYw


13 posted on 09/02/2013 7:52:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Figures. The UK has become the latest outpost of Islam


14 posted on 09/02/2013 7:52:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: CitizenUSA

The leftist UK Labour Party voted against bombing Syria.


15 posted on 09/02/2013 7:53:25 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Fine Boris. Then go get your AK whatever, hop a flight to Damascus and have at it.


16 posted on 09/02/2013 7:55:18 PM PDT by Paulie
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To: Tailgunner Joe

fock off boris


17 posted on 09/02/2013 7:56:35 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: dfwgator

Funny, seems like Boris was pretty popular around here when all anybody knew about him was he’s a Russian. Go figure.


18 posted on 09/02/2013 7:56:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: FreedomStar3028

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3060716/posts

Zero’s “proof”.
Funny their love affair with that site..


19 posted on 09/02/2013 7:57:03 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
In war, thousands of people are often killed in a single event - a ship is sunk, a city is carpet-bombed, or an atomic bomb is dropped. As reprehensible as it is, is use of poison gas any worse than the use of nuclear weapons? Is it any worse than lining a group of people in front of a wall or mass grave and machine-gunning them?

Why is it that some focus upon the instrumentality used rather than upon the perpetrator of the act?

Would the outrage of this administration be as strident if Assad's troops were going village to village and decimating the residents as Hitler did at Lidice?



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

20 posted on 09/02/2013 7:58:29 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

"Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed out of windows?"

21 posted on 09/02/2013 8:00:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Ah, yes! Defenestration good, poison gas evil!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

22 posted on 09/02/2013 8:02:33 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Obama and the GOP have swept Benghazi under the rug because
both parties have blood on their hands.


23 posted on 09/02/2013 8:03:51 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: CitizenUSA

Because the more we help al qaeda, the faster we hasten our own downfall...and Israel’s...and the sooner ohaha gets to proclaim victory over us infidels


24 posted on 09/02/2013 8:07:06 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This isn’t a war. It’s anti war war.


25 posted on 09/02/2013 8:07:54 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Hardraade

Smell the sulphur? Hellitosis,


26 posted on 09/02/2013 8:11:44 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

‘Moose and squirrel must die.’


27 posted on 09/02/2013 8:14:52 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tennmountainman
Yes they have - and they must be held to account! I believe that they will be so held, long before the Marxist in the WH brings anyone to justice for any of the outrages to our Nationhood perpetrated on his watch.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

28 posted on 09/02/2013 8:17:22 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This article states “at least a 100,000 people have died in the civil-war”, we sure don’t know. I definitely think that’s high-balling it. Hardly a story or fact or figure comes out that can be totally trusted.


29 posted on 09/02/2013 8:17:53 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: FreedomStar3028
"I want proof. Undeniable proof. Where is it?"

Where is INDEPENDENT PROOF of the chem. attack?

Where is INDEPENDENT PROOF showing who used the chem. - Assad or the rebels?

Before going to war, it would seem to me that both of those questions, among others, must be answered.

Obama is on a dangerous path. His lies and deception will catch up to him and the American people will suffer because of his drive to war.

30 posted on 09/02/2013 9:06:34 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: CitizenUSA
"Why do I get the feeling that America is being set up?"

Interesting thought. Maybe it is a continuation of Obama's campaign to bring America down; for example, the economy.

He has screwed up every thing he has touched but maybe that was the plan all along. Not a plan to screw up but to seem to screw up while undermining America.

31 posted on 09/02/2013 9:11:23 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

In God we Trust. All others, bring data.


32 posted on 09/02/2013 9:36:27 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A great bumper sticker: “The president lied about weapons of mass destruction.” Let the liberals figure out who it’s about.


33 posted on 09/02/2013 9:37:43 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

An American you mean? He was born in NYC.


34 posted on 09/03/2013 12:57:32 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We had undeniable proof that Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds but going to war in Iraq was seen as totally wrong and unjustified.


35 posted on 09/03/2013 4:39:30 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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