UKIP is strongly opposed to the government's attempts to once again police the world. The Syrian conflict is complex and as with any foreign conflict, not a simple case of good vs. bad.
The Prime Minister seems to be basing his willingness to intervene on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But the UN weapon inspectors are yet to have completed their work in terms of establishing who carried out this attack.
Britain must learn the painful lessons of the past and not rush into another foreign intervention. Any intervention must carry with it a full mandate from the United Nations rather than a desire by western nations to meddle abroad.
Moral outrage has never been a good basis for war. Even if attacks carried out lead to the fall of Bashar al-Assad as the Coalition and Labour seem to be hoping for, what follows?
We know that the rebels contain extremists who support radical Islam and are steadfast in their opposition to the values we hold dear in this country. For them to topple Assad and take power would be disastrous.
And what reaction will Russia and China have to our intervention in Syria? This conflict could spark a much wider, disastrous and bloody battle.
Perhaps it would be better if we used some of the money that would be spent on this military exercise on aid and relief for the the Syrian population who are suffering.
UKIP doesn't believe in needless foreign adventures that don't directly affect us as a nation. Civil wars are nasty, unpleasant and cruel. But that doesn't mean that we should get involved and increase the bloodshed.