Scottish Daily Mail

The terror dilemma for Cor­byn

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PrUS­SIAN gen­eral Carl von Clause­witz (1780-1831) is fa­mous for say­ing: ‘War is the con­tin­u­a­tion of pol­i­tics by other means.’

The im­por­tant ques­tions aris­ing out of the mur­der of 129 peo­ple by ter­ror­ists in Paris are po­lit­i­cal.

Will the blood­bath as­sist our Gov­ern­ment to ob­tain par­lia­men­tary per­mis­sion to bomb Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist stronghold­s in Syria?

Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May says they’ll seek a par­lia­men­tary ‘con­sen­sus’ for mil­i­tary ac­tion against Is­lamic State.

This puts Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn, who op­poses bomb­ing in Syria, at an im­me­di­ate dis­ad­van­tage. If he re­mains op­posed to bomb­ing Is­lamic State stronghold­s and a vast ma­jor­ity of his MPs sup­port the Gov­ern­ment, he is left dan­ger­ously iso­lated.

The atroc­i­ties also iso­late those who op­pose the In­ves­ti­ga­tory Pow­ers Bill, which would en­able our spies to track would-be ter­ror­ists on­line. Their usual ar­gu­ment that it’s a ‘snooper’s char­ter’ is a tricky one to make be­fore the Paris fu­ner­als take place.

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