UK Declares War On ISIS – But It’s This Speech That Won Applause

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Dec 03 2015
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The United Kingdom voted to extend bombing missions conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) to Islamic State targets in Syria, which prior to an “11-hour” debate in the House of Commons, were limited to targeting ISIS in Iraq. But it wasn’t Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron who managed and secured the convincing victory.


Instead, it was Hilary Benn, a British Labour Party politician, who stole the lightning with his magnificent speech which moved the otherwise lame duck MPs to tears and applause. Labour Party insiders said at least 15 Labour MPs were persuaded by Hilary’s speech to back airstrikes.

Hilary Benn - Shadow Foreign Secretary – Labour Party

Even foreign secretary Philip Hammond admitted that the speech was “one of the great speeches to be given in the British House of Commons”. Serving as Shadow Foreign Secretary, Benn turns the table around after PM David Cameron’s comment that members of the opposition were “terrorist sympathisers”.


Hilary Benn passionately and articulately presented his case and like a surgical knife, made his precise and extraordinary argument the Prime Minister could not make and the Leader of the Opposition could not destroy. Addressing his party directly, he said: “We must now confront this evil. It is now time for us to do our bit in Syria.”

Hilary Benn - Shadow Foreign Secretary – Labour Party - Speech To Bomb ISIS Syria

“We now have a clear and unambiguous UN resolution. The UN is asking us to do something. It is asking us to do something now, to act in Syria and Iraq. It was a Labour government that helped to found the UN at the end of the Second World War. We wanted the nations of the world working together to deal with threats to international peace and security. Daesh (ISIS) is unquestionably that.” – Benn justified.


His speech was so powerful that many British now believes that Hilary Benn did not look like the Shadow Foreign Secretary nor the leader of the opposition (who delivered one of the worst speeches), but looked like a real British Prime Minister (sorry, Dave). Benn’s speech was so effective that it made his boss Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and opposition leader, uncomfortable and agitated.

Hilary Benn and Jeremy Corbyn - Labour Party Leader - SpeechHilary Benn and Jeremy Corbyn - Bad Blood

He said – “As a party we have always been defined by our internationalism. We believe we have a responsibility one to another. We never have and we never should walk by on the other side of the road. And we are here faced by fascists. Not just their calculating brutality but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this Chamber tonight and all of the people that we represent.”


Hammering ISIS further, Hilary said – “They hold us in contempt. They hold our values in contempt, they hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt, they hold our democracy – the rules by which we will make our decision tonight – in contempt. And what we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated.”

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“And it is why as we have heard tonight socialists and trade unionists and others joined the international brigade in the 1930s to fight against Franco. It’s why this entire House stood up against Hitler and Mussolini. It is why our party has always stood up against the denial of human rights and for justice.”


As Hilary Benn sat down after delivered his speech, the House rose as one and broke into prolonged and sustained applause. He successfully made the case for a war against the barbarian ISIS, and certainly a case for the Labour Party. His speech helped push for a staggering majority of 174 when 397 MPs backing air strikes against 223 who rejected.

UK Declares War on ISIS - How The British Parties Voted

Mr. Hilary Benn made his rebellious stance known about half an hour before the vote when he said the 130 victims of the ISIS attack in Paris last month could easily have been in Britain. After his electrifying speech, a whopping 66 Labour MPs swung their votes in support of David Cameron’s Tories 313 votes for extending airstrikes on ISIS in Syria.

British Tornado GR4 Fighter Jet - Paveway Bomb - War on ISISBritish Tornado GR4 Fighter Jet - Fitting Paveway Bomb

Less than an hour after the vote to bomb ISIS, RAF wasted little time when 4 Tornado-GR4 were scrambled to bomb ISIS-controlled Omar oil fields in Syria. After 2 raids, 7 precision-guided 500-lb “Paveway” bombs were dropped. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that eight more jets – two Tornados and six Typhoons – were being sent to join the eight existing jets at the Akrotiri base.


Meanwhile, humiliated Jeremy Corbyn has taken a vengeful and bully mission when his Labour Party published a “traitor list” of the 66 pro-bombing Labour MPs. The 66 rebel MPs are being called numerous names – Warmongers, Red Tories, Baby Killers, Mass Murderers – not to mention their offices being barricaded, house surrounded and photos of dead babies pushed through their front door at home.

Jeremy Corbyn - Opposition Leader – Labour Party Leader

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