Prime Minister David Cameron has mis-judged public opinion and even his own MPs on possible military action against Syria. Only 22 percent of the British public support a military strike on Syria and even Conservative back-benches are not convinced. Earlier this week I suspected that Britain would be launching military action by this weekend because the government appeared so resolute and had outlined their case for military strikes. Both Cameron and Foreign Secretary William appeared to be sabre rattling. But Cameron has rather been stopped in his tracks by both MPs and public opinion. Britain has no appetite for another military strike and Cameron should have been aware of this state of affairs before he rushed into making war plans. This hasn´t been the Prime Minister ´s finest hour. He failed to understand the opposition to military action within his own party. MPs have long memories, they remember the Iraq war vote and are not about to commit British troops to another military adventure without the full backing of the international community and the United Nations. In some ways it could be said that Cameron has been thwarted. In some ways I am pleased. It is time that Britain started to take a back-seat and allowed others to take the lead in international conflicts. The British people are concerned about the economy and their livelihood and do not want their country to be dragged into yet another conflict.
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