A new survey conducted by YouGov shows that only 22% of Brits would support the UK government pursuing military action against the Syrian regime in response to an apparent chemical attack on the city of Douma last week.
The latest survey of public opinion will come as a significant blow to Theresa May as she prepares to hold an emergency Cabinet meeting to try and cement support amongst the government for military action against the Syrian regime.
As YouGov reports:
“Even though most Britons believe a chemical attack has been perpetrated, only 22% of Britons would support a cruise missile attack against the Syrian military
New YouGov research, carried out following the latest accusations of chemical weapon use by the Assad regime in Syria, shows that the public are opposed to Britain and allied countries launching cruise missile strikes against Syrian military targets. Donald Trump has announced that he plans to launch such strikes, although it is not clear what involvement, if any, the British military will have in action against Syria.
Fewer than a quarter of Britons (22%) say they would support these attacks, with almost twice as many opposing (43%).”
You can see the full results of YouGov’s survey here.
Despite the latest poll showing huge public opposition to military action, Theresa May is widely expected to support the US and France in attacking Syria in the coming days.
The Prime Minister is also widely expected to try and force through action without holding a democratic vote in Parliament.
The government’s likely decision to join military attacks on Syria over alleged breaches of international law in Douma is also in direct contradiction to the Tories’ stance on Israel – whose forces murdered at least 31 unarmed protestors during demonstrations last week – actions which also appear to be significant breaches of international law.
Israel also continues to flout international law with their illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, and are alleged to have committed numerous instances of war crimes during their devastating bombardment of Palestine during the 2014 war on Gaza.
Despite Israel’s numerous suspected crimes against humanity, Theresa May’s Tories continue to support the state unflinchingly – with no member of the government even bothering to condemn the brutal murder of 31 unarmed Palestinian protestors last week.
Furthermore, also in contrast to the Tories’ impending decision to wage war on Syria over suspected human rights abuses, the UK government continues to support Saudi Arabia – a regime who are accused of committing war crimes during their continued bombardment of Yemen.
Saudi Arabian forces stand accused of indiscriminately bombing Yemeni civilians – strikes which have already killed at least 10,000 people.
The horrific civilian death count in Yemen is also compounded by the fact that British-made weapons – sold to the Saudis directly by Theresa May’s government – have been used to murder innocent Yemeni civilians.
Following evidence emerging of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, the Conservative government refused to back a United Nations investigation on the grounds that it may harm trade between the UK and Saudi Arabia.
This is the level the Tories work on though – and it is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that they have any concern whatsoever for the lives of the Syrian people in the build up to possible military action.
The Tories have already categorically proved that they have absolutely no empathy for Yemeni and Palestinian civilians – going so far as to put trade and international relations far above the importance of international law and human lives.
What all this proves is that the Tories’ imminent decision to bomb Syria will have absolutely nothing to do with any desire to help the Syrian people – a stance which they are simply using as emotional fodder to try and brainwash the British public into supporting them.
If you’re still in the dark as to the true reason the West is so intent on attacking certain countries but not others, just take a watch of former British ambassador Craig Murray explain it: