Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw, a retired major general, spent 32 years in the army, including various jobs in Whitehall. He is chairman of Optima, an anti-IED consultancy.

Bombing Our Way to Vienna

Jonathan Shaw, 17 December 2015

The​ government got the majority that allows it to bomb Islamic State (or Daesh as we are now enjoined to call it) in Syria, but I have rarely listened to a debate in which there was such lack of clarity about the issues at stake, as if we were somehow uninvolved observers of IS in Syria and any resolution to bomb would imply a new war, with significant new perils and threats of...

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