US missile strike was '˜right' and '˜proportionate' says Eastbourne MP

Eastbourne's MP has joined the Prime Minister in endorsing the US missile strike in Syria last night (Thursday, April 6).

Friday, 7th April 2017, 12:02 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:29 pm
Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell speaking in Parliament SUS-160709-094144001

US President Donald Trump ordered the strike on an air base said to have been responsible for a chemical attack where dozens of Syrians, including children, died.

It was reported by the Syrian army that six people were killed in the US Navy attack.

Caroline Ansell MP has backed the decision, which was called “wholly appropriate” by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

She said, “It appears almost certain chemical weapons have been used against innocent civilians in Syria and I believe the United States, as the world’s superpower, was right to respond.

“There has been damage to the military base and loss of life, which is always painful, but this warning shot was limited in scope and strategic in its target.

“It is obviously designed to head off future chemical attacks and this, in my view, makes it proportionate.

“It was not sanctioned by the UN, but the President’s action has been endorsed by other world leaders, including our Prime Minister and Defence Secretary, which I feel is important and right.

“Emboldened by Russian and Iranian support, Assad has acted with impunity and visited great suffering on his own people for quite some time now.

“It has been the existentialist threat of Isis which has shielded him from greater international response. That, and a belief the world would stand by. Perhaps last night’s action will begin to change that dynamic.”