After Iraq and the continuing struggle in Afghanistan, scepticism about intervention in foreign crises may appear on the surface to be the wise approach. It is obvious that there are no easy answers, and no easy options, for Britain in its efforts to help bring the Syrian nightmare engulfing the Syrian people to an end.
Helping the moderate rebels to defend themselves would be fraught with difficulty, but that doesn’t mean Britain should simply turn away and be prepared to leave the Syrian rebels and their supporters to be slaughtered by the Assad regime forces, Hezbollah and their backers.
The Prime Minister has arguably not received the credit he deserves for his leadership on the world stage in preventing a massacre of the Libyan opposition in Benghazi, eventually leading to the overthrow of the odious Gadaffi regime.
As Conservatives, we should be proud of this Government’s achievements in helping the Libyan people gain a chance at freedom. Although the Syrian case is far more complex and difficult, it would be hard to justify our intervention and support for the Libyan people, while doing absolutely nothing meaningful to help ordinary Syrians.
The public certainly has its concerns, but allowing tyrants who use chemical weapons on their countrymen to prosper is not the British way, and we should be proud of that. Nor is it in our national interest either to allow Assad and his backers to regain their grip (with so far 93,00 dead), or allow the appalling civil war to spiral further downwards into destruction and barbarism.