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PM may rue this haste.

SO David Cameron has got his way - and his war.

None of the objections to bombing Syria have vanished and none of the questions about holes in the long-term strategy have been answered.

Despite the Mirror's reservations about the effectiveness of an air campaign and where it may lead we support the armed forces. Our thoughts are with the RAF crews and their families.

It is an irony that many of the finest speeches in the Commons against raids came from antibombing Tories such as Julian Lewis, John Baron and David Davis. And the better ones endorsing action were by pro-bombing Labour rebels including Margaret Beckett, Alan Johnson, Yvette Cooper, Dan Jarvis and especially Hilary Benn.

Even though the Prime Minister won the vote in the House last night he has yet to win over a majority of the public.

His rush to war remains regrettable and, as Jeremy Corbyn suggested, may smack of fears that public hostility was growing.

He was wrong not to allow two days for reflection. And may yet regret his haste.

Certainly the PM's nasty smearing of opponents as "terrorist sympathisers" was shameful. It was gutter politics and an insult that demeaned the holder of the greatest office of state.

Bombers and anti-bombers must respect each other's views instead of fighting together and Cameron should recognise it is never too late to apologise. Now more than ever he must speak for the entire country - not a Tory faction.

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Date:Dec 3, 2015
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