David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, urged the Parliament to approve plans to join the US led air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. His statement included:
“This is not a threat on the far side of the world.
Left unchecked, we will face a terrorist caliphate on the shores of the Mediterranean, bordering a NATO member, with a declared and proven determination to attack our country and our people.
This is not the stuff of fantasy – it is happening in front of us and we need to face up to it.”
Cameron hopes that the Parliament will support deploying air forces in Iraq. This can offset a part of the political embarrassment that appeared last year as the House Of Commons did reject a similar call to join US in action in Syria. This damaged Great Britain’s reputation as a close ally of US.
According to David Cameron, Great Britain will not attack Syria targets together with the US. No ground forces would be committed to fight the Islamic State.
The official proposition is limited as it lags in the support that France offers, which already sees Iraq airstrike support. David Cameron went on to say:
“We would want to see a stable Iraq and – over time – a stable Syria, too, ISIL degraded and then destroyed as a serious terrorist organization.
But let me be frank: we should not expect this to happen quickly, the hallmarks of this campaign will be patience and persistence – not shock and awe.
Cameron highlighted that the campaign may take years and that the problems will not be solved in months. As expected, a highlight was put on the fact that the Islamic State “already murdered one British hostage and is threatening the lives of two more.”