On Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made an unusual suggestion during his debut appearance at the House of Commons as a representative of the government. ‘I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy’, he said, in agreement with a Labour Party MP who had raised the idea in a debate on Aleppo. This remark (though a small part of his overall message on Syria, on which he has struck an increasingly robust tone) was roundly scorned.
It was in some respects a puerile gesture, indicative of Britain’s limited options in Syria. Former MI6 chief Sir John …read more