John Baron MP: Air strikes in Syria will reinforce our regional failures

November 30, 2015
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MP highlights danger of ‘Fog of War’

Please find attached John’s piece in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, arguing against extending military air strikes to Syria.

John said,

“The short-term effect of British air strikes will be marginal. But as we intervene more, so we become more responsible for events on the ground – and lay ourselves open to the unintended consequences of the ‘fog of war’.”

“Without a comprehensive strategy, air strikes will simply reinforce the West’s long-term failure in the region generally at a time when there are already too many aircraft chasing too few targets.”

“Just as in previous ill-advised Western interventions, a strong pattern emerges: time and time again the executive makes a ‘convincing’ case, often with supporting intelligence sources, and time and time again it turns out to be wrong.”

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Word Count: 146
Date: 30th November 2015

Notes to Editors:
• John is a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and a former soldier. He opposed military intervention in Syria in 2013, as well as our interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan post-2006 and Libya.

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