The former Archbishop of Canterbury has said that air strikes in Syria may be needed to stop ISIS ‘for once and for all’
Lord Carey says that it is “not enough” to send aid to Syria and admit thousands of refugees to this Britain.
At the same time David Cameron is considering a vote on military intervention.
The Telegraph reports: The comments from one of Britain’s most senior religious figures are likely to be welcomed by David Cameron, who has suggested that military intervention is required to solve the Syrian crisis.
He is known to favour voting on the issue after the Commons returns on Monday, but will wait until after Labour’s leadership elections to try and secure a “genuine consensus” in the Commons.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, said on Saturday that the Syrian crisis needs to be dealt with “at source” in Syria by taking on the “evil” Assad regime and Isil.
In a hint that the government is preparing for military action, he said that the failure to adopt a “comprehensive plan” for a “more stable, peaceful Syria” will simply “let that crisis fester”.
It came amid reports that Francois Hollande, the French President, is preparing to extend airstrikes against Isil targets from Iraq to Syria. He is expected to make an announcement on Monday.
The decision to extend the bombing campaigns is likely to become even more controversial after Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, confirmed for the first time that he is providing Assad’s regime with “serious” training and support.
He refused to rule out direct military intervention in future amid reports that it has significantly expanded its involvement in recent months.
In Britain there is mounting concern that Jeremy Corbyn, the the hard-left candidate who is expected to win the Labour leadership contest, will block air strikes in Syria.
With a slim Commons and up to 30 rebels on the Conservative back-benchers, Mr Cameron would require Labour’s support to get a vote through Parliament.
Lord Carey says in his article: “I do not consider it enough to send aid to refugee camps in the Middle East. Rather, there must be renewed military and diplomatic efforts to crush the twin menaces of Islamic State and al-Qaeda once and for all.
“Make no mistake: this may mean air strikes and other British military assistance to create secure and safe enclaves in Syria.”
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