British Prime Minister David Cameron just got caught with both hands in the cookie jar. The Germans called in the British ambassador and asked for an explanation. One answer that won’t fly is – ‘Look, you know that we’ve been doing this for years. What’s your problem?’
Apparently, the German Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, thought there were some limits, i.e., diplomatic missions. Guess again, Madame Prime Minister. You’re dealing with the English speaking peoples, the most intrusive collection of busy bodies in history. Why do the United States and British governments spy on literally everyone? Because they can.
(The Independent, Nov 6) Britain’s ambassador was called in by the German Foreign Minister after The Independent disclosed allegations that a secret listening post is operating from its embassy in Berlin, just yards from the German parliament and Angela Merkel’s offices.
Simon McDonald met senior officials and was bluntly warned that any interception of data by intelligence services from a diplomatic facility would be in violation of international law. It is believed to be the first time that Germany has called in a UK ambassador in this way since the end of the Second World War.
This must be one of those lonely moments for President Barack Obama and his war monger backers. The special relationship partner, Great Britain, won’t be riding shotgun on the latest misadventure by the perpetual war party of the United States. What will the president do? Who will be the new buddy? Who can take Cameron’s place? German Chancellor Angela Markel is on the bench. French President Francois Hollande is a poor substitute. What is a fellow to do?
Shot down: David Cameron’s plans for military action in Syria defeated in Commons vote Andrew Grice, The Independent
“I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons. But I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons. It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly.”
The prospect of British involvement in military action in Syria ended dramatically last night when David Cameron suffered a surprise and humiliating Commons defeat on the issue.
The rejected government motion said the response to the weapons attack “may, if necessary, require military action”. Although Mr Cameron promised a second vote next week before any British involvement, he failed to win support last night for what Labour described as a vote in principle for military action.
The Prime Minister immediately abandoned his plan for British involvement in Syria.
On Sunday and Monday, representatives of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that it is “too late” to effectively examine the nature and source of the chemical weapons event near Damascus, Syria last Wednesday (August 21). (Image: Tim Green)
Are these coordinated, self-serving statements by those who want to attack Syrian government without regard to the source of the chemical weapons attack?
The “too late” statements came four and five days after the attack. The clear implication is that the limit for a chemical weapons investigation is four to five days after the event.
The first clue to believability of the “too late” claim comes from events in Damascus prior to the attack. On August 18, a team of United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrived in the capital of Syria to investigate three past incidents that generated accusations of chemical weapons use.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and pseudo socialist President Francois Hollande had a “better idea.” They would swagger forth into the fray to arm the Syrian rebels. Hollande was given the task of surfacing the idea at the European Union conference yesterday. But it was Cameron’s idea. (Image)
It didn’t take long to figure out who is on top in the EU. German Chancellor Andrea Merkel was clear and succinct
“We have a number of concerns,” said Merkel. “One has to ask if it does not fan the flames of the conflict.” March 15
It didn’t take long for the real Cameron to emerge. The Guardian’s Ian Traynor reported (March 15):
“The sudden Anglo-French move to overturn a European arms embargo on Syria in order to equip the rebels seeking to overthrow the Assad regime has run into a solid wall of resistance at an EU summit, with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, dismissing the policy U-turn and others warning of a regional conflagration from which Iran would emerge the winner.
“Following the summit, the prime minister toned down his enthusiasm for arming the Syrian opposition, saying that he wanted the arms embargo lifted but did not necessarily want to deliver arms to anti-regime forces two years into the civil war.” Guardian, March 15
(Washington, DC, 12/9) Here we go again.
On, December 3, President Barack Obama warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons against, among others, NATO-Saudi sponsored fighters trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
A few days later, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s foreign secretary claimed that he had evidence the Syrian government plans to use chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against the rebels.
After Obama’s December 3 warning, Syria denied any intent to use the weapons “no matter what the circumstances” as they had after an earlier Obama warning.
U.S. and British government officials are unreliable sources on this subject.
Does the government of President Bashar Assad intend to use chemical WMD? Read More