In his latest statement on the Algerian hostage crisis this morning, the Prime Minister built on the interventionist language that James spotted in his Commons address on Friday. Cameron said:
‘This is a global threat and it will require a global response; it will require a response that is about years, even decades, rather than months, and it requires a response that is patient, that is painstaking, that is tough but also intelligent, but above all has an absolutely iron resolve and that is what we deliver over these coming years.’
Meanwhile, when he appeared on the Andrew Marr Show, William Hague avoided ruling out UK military involvement in North Africa. But on Murnaghan, Lord Stirrup argued that ‘boots on the ground’ could do more harm than good.
As Fraser wrote in his blog on Mali last weekend, Cameron has a strong belief in the British military acting as a force for good in the world. The coming weeks could well reveal what his plans are for this force for good in the region. They could also bring to the fore another divide in the Conservative party which was evident in the Libya intervention: that between the neo-cons and the anti-interventionists.
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