This video from Britain says about itself:
1 December 2015
A demonstration in Parliament Square, London, followed by a protest march. Organised by Stop The War Coalition. Protesting to insist MP’s vote against the UK government’s newly proposed attacks against Syria.
Syria air strikes: Stephen Fry and James Corden lead voices blasting British bombing campaign: here.
By Luke James in Britain:
Thursday 3rd December 2015
MPs vote to unleash another Middle Eastern catastrophe
“This is not 2003,” he said, recalling the year Tony Blair duped MPs into declaring war on Iraq. “We must not use past mistakes as an excuse for indifference or inaction.”
So, David Cameron, now, twelve years later, at least admits starting the Iraq war was a ‘mistake’. Yeah, an extremely bloody mistake. However, no apology by Cameron for that he, David Cameron, like most Conservative MPs in 2003, voted for Blair’s Iraq war.
Maybe, twelve years from now, in 2027, David Cameron will at last admit that starting his war on Syria was a mistake [sarcasm off].
He said: “To oppose another reckless and half-baked intervention isn’t pacifism. It’s hard-headed common sense.
“It’s wrong for us here in Westminster to see a problem, pass a motion and drop the bombs pretending we’re doing something to solve it.”
With British Tornado jets, which have been bombing Isis bases in Iraq for over a year, already stationed in the region, they can begin unleashing “brimstone” missiles on targets in Syria immediately.
Mr Corbyn challenged the PM’s claim that superior RAF technology would save lives, telling him that more bombing “will kill innocent civilians.”
The Labour leader also raised concerns over the absence of ground troops, a diplomatic roadmap to peace or a plan to deal with refugees fleeing British bombing.
“It’s become increasingly clear that the Prime Minister’s proposal for military action simply doesn’t stack up.”
Mr Cameron conceded it was not an “ideal situation,” but insisted the RAF “do serious damage to Daesh’s [Isis’s] ability right now to bring terror to our streets.”
The PM also shrugged off warnings from the Muslim Council of Britain and others that bombing could increase radicalisation in Britain, claiming: “We are engaged in a defence of Islam.”
He failed to convince senior back-bench Tories, such as foreign affairs select committee member John Baron and defence select committee chairman Julian Lewis.
They were among 110 MPs from six different parties who signed up to a wrecking amendment against air strikes yesterday morning, which pointed out that 10 countries are already bombing Syria.
The amendment was defeated 390-211.
“Too many aircraft are already chasing too few targets,” warned Mr Baron.
And shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn won applause from the Tory benches as he beat Mr Cameron’s war drum, rallying his own MPs to give solidarity to the French Socialist Party, whose President Francois Hollande has asked fellow EU states to join France’s air strikes.
Before the debate had even begun, Mr Cameron faced criticism for stopping the debate from continuing today.
Mr Corbyn said it was because the PM knew “public opposition to his ill-thought-out rush to war is growing — and wants to hold the vote before it slips from his hands.”
The Stop the War Coalition staged a snap protest outside Parliament last night — the second in as many days.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady also condemned the vote, saying: “Everyone shares the horror felt at the attacks carried out in Paris, Mali and elsewhere and at the suffering of people living under Isis rule. But the government’s case for air strikes in Syria remains unproven.
“Ministers have failed to counter the concern that, without a clear plan for a sustainable settlement led by the UN and the region, bombing would only make matters worse.”
How MPs voted on bombing Syria – full list: here.
This video says about itself:
‘Shame on you’: Anti-war protesters rally in London as UK government votes to bomb ISIS in Syria
2 December 2015
Some 1,500 anti-war protesters gathered outside the parliament after the vote to protest the UK’s intervention in Syria. The airstrikes could begin “very quickly,” with raids expected to begin as soon as tomorrow morning. The campaign group Stop the War Coalition organized the largest protest, blocking the roads surrounding Parliament.
By Lamiat Sabin and Peter Lazenby in England:
Thousands protest ahead of Syria vote
Thursday 3rd December 2015
People take to the streets in last-ditch attempt to halt attacks
THOUSANDS of people opposed to bombing Syria took to the streets of London yesterday, for the second time this week, to protest against RAF air strikes before MPs decided to plough on with the attacks despite overwhelming public anger.
Campaigners assembled in Parliament Square in order to “raise the volume once again” ahead of MPs voting for or against military action at 10pm after Tory PM David Cameron pushed for support from the Commons.
A die-in was also staged by organisers Stop the War Coalition (StWC) to highlight that the British government will be going into “its fourth pointless and savage war in the last 14 years.”
A woman was also reported to have chained herself under a lorry in the early evening as the vote drew nearer. …
The emergency demonstration followed another protest on Tuesday — where chants of “David Cameron, shame on you!” and “Don’t bomb Syria!” rang out across Westminster.
National organiser Daniel Jakopovich said: “Protests have been largely focused on maximising the pressure on MPs not to vote for yet another savage bombing campaign in the Middle East.
“The Western war machine has been bombing countries for a decade and a half, at the cost of millions of lives.
“Experience shows us that bombing creates hate and perpetuates the cycle of violence and brutality.
“Britain should be pursuing creative and peaceful strategies in relation to the intractable conflicts in the Middle East instead of pouring petrol on the flames by choosing to specialise in mass murder.”
Anti-war campaigners also demonstrated in Sheffield in South Yorkshire last night. The protest, organised by STWC and backed by Sheffield Trades Union Council (TUC), took place outside Sheffield town hall.
Sheffield TUC secretary Martin Mayer said: “The UK would be better employed in diplomacy for peace including cutting off support and supplies for Isis from our so-called allies.
“Right now Syria is crying out for more peace-makers not more warmongers.”
What the MPs said
“What it will undoubtedly do, despite the Prime Minister’s assurance, which I am sure he gave in good faith, is kill innocent civilians. I am not going to be a party to killing innocent civilians for what will simply be a gesture.” – Labour MP Gerald Kaufman
“I was in this House when Tony Blair, at his persuasive best, convinced a majority that Britain was in imminent danger of attack and that we should wage war in Iraq. We are still waiting for the Chilcot report. I do believe that its earlier publication would have been valuable in informing this debate and who knows might even have influenced the Prime Minister.” – Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams
“I do not think the case has been adequately made that extending British air strikes will either defeat Isis or make us safer here at home. Nearly 3,000 coalition air strikes have already been aimed at Syria and the case for what British air strikes will add is weak.” – Former Labour leader Ed Miliband
This 1 December 2015 video from London, England is called Don’t Bomb Syria. Stop The War Rally. Parliament Square.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Calumny and sloganising
Thursday 3rd December 2015
AS understatements go, David Cameron’s recognition that not all his much-vaunted 70,000 moderate opposition fighters in Syria are “ideal partners” for Britain’s armed forces is pretty impressive.
His inability to provide an unequivocal character reference to this ragbag of armed groups is unsurprising, given that the 70,000 figure came from the discredited joint intelligence committee.
Yet when Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and the military top brass were quizzed by the defence select committee, none was able to identify a single group to be described as “moderate.”
Pressed by committee chairman Julian Lewis, a Tory opponent of Cameron’s bombing spree, to identify a “democratic third force” between the Assad regime and its extremist enemies, Fallon could only say: “We will certainly reflect on that.”
His squirming under forensic examination contrasts with the Prime Minister’s bold and utterly specious claim in Parliament that specifying who these “courageous groups” are would risk their safety at the hands of the government or Islamic State (Isis).
Cameron’s cavalier whitewashing of groups that often operate alongside al-Qaida affiliate the Nusra Front and the equally extreme Ahrar al-Sham is indefensible.
It is on a par with his vile, cowardly calumny directed in a private Tory meeting against “Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers” for their temerity in declining to join his ill-thought-out military adventure.
The Prime Minister’s refusal to apologise to the members of six parliamentary parties who had signed an amendment to his pro-war motion epitomises his lack of moral stature.
How could dozens of Labour MPs set aside such a smear against their leader and party colleagues and troop into the lobby with the Tories?
Some are more dedicated, it appears, to overthrowing Jeremy Corbyn than Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Former Blairite insiders Margaret Beckett and Alan Johnson persisted with the canard about “unanimous UN security council backing” for military action, even though, as ex-ministers who supported the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq, they must know about the need to employ Chapter VII of the UN charter to authorise it.
Beckett cited requests from Paris for Britain to join the bombing raids and asked how people here would feel if France snubbed similar pleas.
Paris rejected demands that it support British military campaigns in Iraq and, before that, in the Falklands for the simple reason that it disagreed with them. And rightly so.
After the disastrous British military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq and the realisation that there is no public support for sending infantry overseas, the default response of parliamentary warmongers is to call in the air force and their “precision-guided” weaponry.
Those sceptical of this knee-jerk spasm are derided as do-nothings in the face of deadly threat.
Yet, as Tory David Davis pointed out, Isis has an annual income of about a billion dollars.
Apart from stolen oil sold in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Jordan, the death cult receives tens of millions of dollars a year from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states — Britain’s allies, all supposedly signed up to defeat Isis.
Instead of relying on symbolic air strikes against elusive targets, Britain’s government ought to authorise probes into the banks and arms-traffickers dealing profitably with Isis.
Turkey, which reports having suffered Isis terrorism — even though the bomb attacks have only targeted the Ankara government’s political opponents — ought to be encouraged to close the Syrian border, ending Isis troop infiltration and bilateral trade.
If our government were serious about defeating Isis — rather than getting a toehold in Syria to promote regime change — it would set these realistic measures in train immediately.
Unfortunately, the easy sloganising and hectoring adopted by Cameron and his cohorts fuel cynicism about its motives and justify the well-presented and soundly based arguments against war deployed by Corbyn and other anti-bombing speakers.
The German cabinet agreed on Tuesday morning to join the Syrian war. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen left no doubt that the intervention would be a combat mission: here.