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The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cameron's impatience on foreign policy

At least three British citizens were among those killed in the hostage crisis in Algeria. In his statement on Sunday, Prime Minister David Cameron called for a "global response" to the terrorist threat. For the left-liberal daily The Guardian this is a telling example of Cameron's impatience on foreign policy issues: "Cameron's instinct is to roll up his sleeves and have a bash on the grounds that it must be better than doing nothing: pick a fight with Brussels, send in a taskforce, shake things up, kick some tyres. There is undeniably something of the bull in the china shop about it, as Kofi Annan seemed to be hinting when he described the unrest in Mali as collateral damage from that same war in Libya. But then again, the humanitarian catastrophe now unfolding in Syria confirms that while intervening sometimes carries a terrible price, so can doing nothing. As defence and foreign budgets shrink, while public resistance to anything that threatens mass casualties grows, we will need to get far smarter about where and how the west uses what muscle it still has."

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