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Syria crisis: ´There’s no military
solution – yet´ says former
head of Army

Sunday Telegraph [UK], by General Lord Dannett

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 9/1/2013 1:50:07 AM

When a previous prime minister passed the baton of decision-making on war and military intervention from 10 Downing Street to Parliament, he committed his successors to a tortuous path over which he or she might have limited control. Last week, David Cameron trod that path with commendable conviction but unwise haste. Parliament, with an ear to the high street, stopped him in his tracks. Were this not such a serious matter, it could have been passed off as another quiet August news story, but the consequences are profound not just for the Prime Minister but for the United Kingdom and

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The retired General (whose name is sometimes spelled Dannatt) has written a long article explaining much of the fog around the Syrian issue. It´s well worth reading because it´s from the pen of a fine military man who does not mince words. Perhaps with this in mind, he was awarded the Queen´s Commendation for Valuable Service and the post-retirement position of Constable of the Tower of London. You can read his bio at Wikipedia under the Dannatt spelling.

      


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