'The UK can't intervene in Syria unless they're certain it will work', says foreign affairs committee chair

'The UK can't intervene in Syria unless they're certain it will work', says foreign affairs committee

The conflict in Syria continues

Friday, April 7, 2017

The UK can't intervene in Syria no matter how horrific the situation, unless they're certain their involvement will make a positive difference.

That's according to the chair of the foreign affairs committee, who spoke to talkRADIO in light after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib which left at least 80 people dead.

The attack prompted the US to launch a missile strike against a Syrian air base, but MP Crispin Blunt told Julia Hartley-Brewer that, if the UK wants to follow its American allies and intervene, it faces a complex situation.

"On one side or the other you better be sure your intervention’s going to be effective," Blunt said, because "otherwise you’re just going to widen the conflict."

He believes the US repsonse in Syria was "appropriate" if the chemical weapons "agreement has been breached," and the speed of the repsonse was impressive.

Blunt added that the reason "Assad has significant support in Syria is because the alternative government coming from Islamic extremism looks very frightening."

Listen to the full interview above

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