The big news today is that British pilots on exchange with the United States Navy (and possibly Canadian forces) have been conducting operations over Syria.
Now we all know personnel exchanges between allies are run of the mill, mundane business as usual, so let’s skewer that one from the off, but if anyone thinks a routine exchange for training and development purposes and conducting operations in a country that has not been approved by Parliament is the same thing, they should not be allowed sharp objects.
Personally, I have no issues whatsoever with the British armed forces conducting operations in or over Syria in the same manner as in Iraq, clearly, the distinction is nonsense. In any case, the RAF is conducting manned ISTAR operations over Syria, the only coalition nation to do so actually.
But as the Guardian says, the Government should have some respect and make its case in Parliament first.
Dropping bombs and taking photographs is not the same thing, at least in political terms but whilst we are where we are, the Guardian has a good point about Parliamentary approval. I don’t think anyone in Parliament would seek to preserve the distinction either so the whole thing becomes a bit of a farce.
Right, am off to give myself a good talking to :)