British Play All Sides against Trump on Iran Policy
Jan. 7, 2020 (EIRNS)—The British are having a field day attacking President Donald Trump for his threat to attack Iranian cultural sites. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a meeting with senior ministers yesterday, from which Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab emerged to say: “We have been very clear that cultural sites are protected under international law and we would expect that to be respected.” At the same time, the Prime Minister’s spokesman endorsed the drone strike on Gen. Qasem Soleimani as an action taken in self-defense.
The always-pro-impeachment Guardian, in covering the story, emphasized that “Trump’s comments amount to threatening a war crime.” BBC, the Independent, and other British media played up the same line.
Former British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt published an op-ed in the Telegraph asserting that the killing of Soleimani and Trump’s threats against Iran’s cultural sites have created the biggest cracks ever in the U.S.-U.K. alliance, which his successor, Dominic Raab, will have deal with on his upcoming visit to Washington. It’s time to talk turkey about how we renew and strengthen the Western alliance, Hunt tweeted, in promoting his article.