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Harlow MP, Robert Halfon sets out reasons for supporting strikes against ISIS

Politics / Fri 26th Sep 2014 at 07:47am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has set out his reasons for supporting military air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

The motion to be debated in the House of Commons today (Friday).

That this House

Condemns the barbaric acts of ISIL against the peoples of Iraq including the Sunni, Shia, Kurds, Christians and Yazidi and the humanitarian crisis this is causing; recognizes the clear threat ISIL pose to the territorial integrity of Iraq and the request from the Government of Iraq for military support from the international community and the specific request to the UK Government for such support; further recognizes the threat ISIL poses to wider international security and the UK directly through its sponsorship of terrorist attacks and its murder of a British hostage; acknowledges the broad coalition contributing to military support of the Government of Iraq, including countries throughout the Middle East; further acknowledges the request of the Government of Iraq for international support to defend itself against the threat ISIL poses to Iraq and its citizens, and the clear legal basis that this provides for action in Iraq; notes that this motion does not endorse UK air strikes in Syria as part of this campaign and any proposal to do so would be subject to a separate vote in Parliament; accordingly supports Her Majesty’s Government, working with allies, in supporting the Government of Iraq in protecting civilians and restoring its territorial integrity, including the use of UK air strikes to support Iraqi, including Kurdish, security forces’ efforts against ISIL in Iraq; notes that Her Majesty’s Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations; offers its wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed forces.

Bobert Halfon said:

“I will be voting for this Motion tabled by the Government, in the recall of Parliament.

Britain is right to join the military air campaign against the extreme Islamist Terror organisation, ISIS for five reasons:

1. ISIS are be-heading, and taking hostage UK Citizens.

2. ISIS have plans to carry out terrorist attacks in the free world, including the USA, France and the United Kingdom.

3. ISIS are carrying out genocide against Christians and other ethnic groups – such as the Yazidis – in Iraq.

4. ISIS pose a huge threat to the Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq. Kurdistan is the one part of Iraq that is stable, democratic and follows the rule of law.

5. Appeasement is not an option. Either the free world stands up for liberty and humanitarian values, or we give in to medieval barbarism that seeks to create an extreme Islamist Caliphate under totalitarian rule”.

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