UK Prime Minister David Cameron wanted to go to war against Syria before – but could not find the political support in the UK for such an excursion.
Now he has revived this ambition, in the wake of the tide of refugees flowing across Europe.
Suddenly, the 6pm news on BBC tonight, 10th September, was full of stuff on the use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Assad regime – and the access and use of chemical weapons by Daesh.
Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and John Scarlett’s dodgy dossier confection on Saddam Hussein’s fictional ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ comes easily to mind.
So does a night in February 2003, ahead of the war in Iraq – to which Blair had already signed up the UK to curry favour with American President, George Bush.
On that night, then Home Secretary David Blunkett indulged in quite the most risible and high profile piece of manipulative political theatre.
He sent tanks to Heathrow airport on the grounds of undefined immediate threats to national security.
Were they expecting an Antonov packed with Iraqi warriors and their own tanks making an emergency landing at Heathrow and rolling out to play?
Quite what tanks would have been responding to at the airport remains as much of a conundrum as the credibility of the threat to which the protagonists of this stunt swore. They would, wouldn’t they? And they did.