MP suggests Arab allies should have put it in and questions what is the end game
Last night John Baron MP voted against a Government Motion supporting the Libyan No-Fly Zone. The Government won the vote 557 – 13. During the Debate he questioned the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. A full explanation of his position can be found at http://conservativehome.blogs.com/platform/2011/03/john-baron-mp-why-not-let-our-arab-allies-enforce-the-no-fly-zone-after-all-weve-already-sold-them-t.html .
“Given our poor record of intervention in the region, once again we could be seen as meddling in a Muslim country. If our Arab allies want a No-Fly Zone then let them put it in. After all, we’ve sold them the weaponry in the past and they can better afford to do so.”
“We all value human life but Gaddafi hasn’t turned from saint to sinner overnight. The West has known he has been a thug for decades and yet that has not stopped us selling him weapons. Where will this policy of intervention lead – what about a No-Fly Zone over Yemen if we are to be consistent?”
“And what is the end game? What is the exit strategy? If this is not known, we risk being drawn into an ill-defined mission whilst civilian casualties rise. For example, if there is a stalemate on the ground, are we going to walk away?”
“We should only put the men and women of our Armed Forces into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary. This is not the case here. Army doctrine stipulates absolute clarity as to the mission. Too many questions remain unanswered.”