3 January 2020 – today’s press release

Lib Dems respond to Iran Crisis

Responding to reports of the death of General Qasem Soleimani by a US Air Strike, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

Iran is governed by a brutal regime which has been openly hostile to the west.

Donald Trump has yet again radically and recklessly escalated tensions in an area where peace-keeping was already on a knife edge.

There is a real danger this will stoke further conflict, undermining peace and stability in the region. Given the severity of the crisis, the Prime Minister must make a statement about the UK’s position immediately.

The UK should not automatically follow whatever position the Trump administration takes, but work with a broader group of concerned states at the United Nations.

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10 Comments

  • Could Trump’s reckless intervention have anything to do with his impeachment? Bill Clinton did something similar in 1998 when he was impeached. https://www.dropbox.com/s/73sadolmasy15j8/Clinton%20impeachment%20diversion.JPG?dl=0

  • Trump’s views on Iran are shaped by personal enmity towards Obama and Trump’s desire wipe out any legacy his predecessor might leave.
    American Middle Eastern policy has been based on a massive failure to understand the region for decades and there is little sign that this is about to change.

  • Richard Underhill 4th Jan '20 - 9:46am

    The Iranian general had worked against ISIS.
    Boris Johnson should keep quiet. There are two hunger strikers now.

  • Jonathan Coulter 4th Jan '20 - 10:18am

    I agree that “the UK should not automatically follow whatever position the Trump administration takes”. Our statement could be tougher, notably getting behind Ages Callemard, the ‘UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial, Summary and Arbitrary Killings’, who questions the legal basis for Trump’s action and urging the UN to immediately set up an international inquiry into the situation.

  • David Becket 4th Jan '20 - 5:15pm

    The statement by ED is not sufficiently strong or robust, and it does not state what Lib Dems would do. Below is a stronger example with our proposed action.

    Responding to reports of the death of General Qasem Soleimani by a US Air Strike, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:
    Iran is governed by a brutal regime which has been openly hostile to the west.
    Donald Trump has yet again radically and recklessly escalated tensions in an area where peace-keeping was already on a knife edge.
    There is a real danger this will stoke further conflict, undermining peace and stability in the region. Given the severity of the crisis, the Prime Minister must make a statement about the UK’s position immediately.
    Liberal Democrats would:
    Not automatically follow whatever position the Trump administration takes, and publicly condemn the action Trump has taken.
    Work with our friends in the EU and other concerned states at the United Nations to deescalate the situation and bring peace to the region. This to include the deployment of UN Peacekeeping Troops in areas of conflict
    Immediately stop all arms shipments to the middle east and encourage other suppliers of arms to take the same action
    Withdraw all UK troops from the middle east unless they are part of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

  • Apparently Johnson wasn’t consulted on any of this by Trump. Tells you something about the so called special relationship and the world status of the UK under this Government.

  • nvelope2003 4th Jan '20 - 9:11pm

    David Raw: But the Prime Minister of Israel was consulted or was it Mr Trump who was consulted ?

  • If Donald Trump was ‘removed’ by an Iranian agent would the US accept a justification of “He was an imminent threat to life.” ….

    Not a chance!

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