Skip to comments.Syria gas attack must not go unpunished, says Boris Johnson
Posted on 09/02/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
The chemical weapons attack blamed on Bashar Assads 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 Assads 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 Assads forces may harden and a second Commons vote is perfectly possible, despite the dangers to Mr Camerons 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 cant 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 Obamas decision to seek Congress backing caught the world by surprise and French president Francois Hollande is facing pressure to follow suit.
Oh well then I guess that settles it. After all Boris is so very very important
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.
Well la dee freakin da.
Is this that idot Brit who was a chum of Saddam Hussein?
One in five work there.
Never mind law and democratic process and all that jazz.
The Mob has spoken.
Why do I get the feeling that America is being set up? Why are so many peace loving leftists suddenly hawks? Strange. Very strange.
No, you’re completely wrong.
Polls show that Boris will likely be the next leader of the Tory party.
You mean George Galloway? No, he blamed the chemical attack on Israel.
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.
I’d rather listen to this guy’s views....
This Brit makes much more sense...
Figures. The UK has become the latest outpost of Islam
The leftist UK Labour Party voted against bombing Syria.
Fine Boris. Then go get your AK whatever, hop a flight to Damascus and have at it.
fock off boris
Funny, seems like Boris was pretty popular around here when all anybody knew about him was he’s a Russian. Go figure.
Funny their love affair with that site..
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
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