“BRITAIN has a proud history of compassion towards victims of disasters, whether they’re natural or man-made” declares today’s editorial, before asserting “And few man-made disasters have been worse than the migrant crisis created by the butchery in Syria … It’s not just the country’s rival forces who are to blame. Two years ago we could have acted to stop it. But we didn’t … Our armed forces were ready to step in alongside America. David Cameron wanted up to help … At the last minute, Ed Miliband decided to play politics with Syrians’ lives and vote against British military action”.
And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, what was being proposed two years ago would have put us on the same side as what then became ISIS, or whatever they’re calling themselves this week. And two, all that was being proposed was the dropping of bombs on Syrian targets. This would inevitably have led to deaths.
But they have a poll to back them up - yes, one of those polls that were wrong at the General Election, but right when they return the result the Sun wants to hear. “Our poll today shows that voters are way ahead of politicians in grasping this. Some 52 per cent say Our Boys must get involved now and help put an end to the fighting”. Given the Russians are also in the area, Our Boys getting involved may do the exact opposite.
In any case, two can play at this poll game. There is a Survation poll out today which shows just 29% of all voters are in favour of military intervention, with 48% opposed. There is no majority for getting involved. Moreover, much of the instability in the region is directly attributable to the 2003 Iraq War. On top of that, the Sun claims to be supporting Our Boys, but it’s always the first to want them to be put in harm’s way.