Western voters have made foreign intervention almost impossible. That is a dangerous mistake


Originally published by The Telegraph

Last week, as David Cameron’s decision to intervene and protect the citizens of Benghazi from Colonel Gaddafi’s murderous attentions was heavily criticised, future British intervention in overseas conflicts suffered another setback as a policy tool. Unfortunately, this is happening at the very time it is needed most.

Largely based on the findings of a dubious Foreign Affairs Select Committee report, Cameron’s critics railed against intervention. They did this while ignoring Syria, where three years after planned action to prevent President Assad butchering his own citizens was called off, independent monitors recently put the body count at 430,000 and rising

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