Monday, 23 November 2015

Violence begets violence - bombing Syria is not the answer

It is galling to hear irresponsible members of the government urging that Britain’s response to the tragic killings in Paris should be to join in the bombing of Syria.
David Cameron and his fellow Cabinet ministers are driven around this country in their chauffer driven government cars. They are insulated from the terror threat by their priveliged existence.
They are not like the vast majority of the population travelling on the public transport system or out on the streets living life.
There can be no denying that bombing ISIS will bring revenge attacks on our streets. The terror organisation made it quite clear that what happened in Paris was due to France’s role in the bombing of Syria.
Simply joining the bombing will just lead to more violence – with poor old Joe Public the likely victims.
Let’s not forget it was the type of ill thought out rush to bomb by Britain and America in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the 9/11 attacks which started the whole vicious circle of violence that engulfs increasing numbers of people across the world today. Violence begets violence and offers no solution.

* published Evening Standard - 24/11/2015
Ilford Recorder/Wanstead & Woodford Guardian - 26/11/2015
Tablet - 27/11/2015 / Universe - 6/12/2015

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