British opinion leaders question legality over strikes on Syria

The British Government published their legal justification for the strikes on Saturday, stating that in the course of fightign the Syrian civil war "The Syrian regime has been killing its own people for seven years" and that it had used chemical weapons in "breach of the customary global law prohibition on the use of chemical weapons, and amounts to a war crime and a crime against humanity".

It is believed the Syrian regime, run by the country's president - Bashar al-Assad - is responsible for the attack on its people.

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the USA -led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall's legal justification of such a military action.

"There is also the question as to how this use of force will be linked and subordinated to strategies for bringing the fighting in Syria to a rapid end and for resetting relations between the West and Russian Federation", he said in the commentary.

May said the aim was to deter the Syrian authorities from further use of chemical weapons and to send a message to the wider world that it was unacceptable to use such weapons.

Questioning on if it was right to back strikes without giving the legislature a say, as recent Prime Ministers have done, Mrs.

"The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way".

"This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

'Our priority should be protecting civilians and tackling the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

The joint attack by the United States, Britain, and France, which began at 3:55 a.m. local time (0055 GMT), launched some 110 missiles targeting Syrian military sites in the Syrian capital Damascus and elsewhere, Syria's state news agency SANA said, citing the military.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this".

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said Britain should press for an independent United Nations -led investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Douma rather than wait for instructions from Trump on how to proceed. May was "taking instructions from Washington".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said the move shows a weak government, putting short-term political expediency before democracy and in so doing further diminishing the standing of Britain in the world.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorised British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action. "As always, they have served our country with the greatest professionalism and bravery, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude".

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