Imtiaz Ameen was Conservative candidate for Blackburn at the 2005 general election, is a former councillor in Dewsbury and writes a regular blog.
Last week Paul Goodman discussed the potential effect military involvement by the UK government would have on Muslims in this country. At the time it seemed inevitable that Britain would be involved with the US and other allies in some form of action against the Syrian regime for its use of chemical weapons.
However, the decision taken by Ed Milliband and the Labour Party to oppose the PM’s motion in Parliament supported by some Tories and Liberal Democrats means that as things stand Britain will not participate in any military action but watch from the sidelines as other nations act. In the worst case scenario we as a nation will be turning a blind eye to genocide and even more deadly use of chemical weapons against its own people by the Syrian regime.
Will this decision, branded by some as a great victory by Parliament against the Executive mean that Muslims in this country will be euphoric and praise Ed Milliband’s actions or view his behaviour with contempt and deem them as political cowardice?
I believe that it will be the latter and the decision to not involve Britain in any military action for the genocide of 1400 mainly Muslim people will undoubtedly be regarded as a very poor one by British Muslims for reasons set out below.