I’ve just been listening to the Parliamentary debate on Radio 5 live whilst delivering today’s lunches. Having just returned from a very harrowing trip to Calais to feed the thousands of refugees displaced as a result of previous meddling in Iraq, it’s fair to say that it’s something that interests me.
Now I don’t agree with very much that the Tory government have tried to do since winning the last general election, so it may come as no surprise that I’m not really behind Mr Cameron’s latest call to war. I’m primarily a pacifist, but I’m not adverse to a bit of violence when required. I don’t think we should bomb Syria because I fear like many others do, that there is too much of a risk of collateral damage. Even with our smart bombs guided by satellite navigation and all sorts of other clever stuff, the risk of civilian casualties is too great.
Also Mr Cameron doesn’t seem to have much of a military strategy. What really got me wanting to chuck a few pans about though was the fact that he likened any ‘no’ voters to Daesh sympathizers. After delivering his insult on the eve of the discussion, he then refused 6 times requests from the various speakers to issue an apology for his deeply offensive remark. The resulting disruption to the one day debate took valuable time away from the life and death issues at stake.
I don’t know what to think when Mr Cameron went on to say that the bombing of Syria is only one part of a comprehensive military strategy which also comprises diplomatic and humanitarian measures. He’s asking about extending the bombing campaign from current operations in Iraq to extend to Syria. However, I think it would be great to hear at least some details about what these other diplomatic and humanitarian measures were, so that the other contributors to the debate could make an informed decision. Surely it’s necessary to hear some details on all prongs of his proposed approach? That way people would be in a better position to decide if the proposed bombing were likely or not likely to improve the safety of the people both in the UK and in Syria. I failed to see any evidence in the Calais Jungle last week of Mr Cameron’s provision of humanitarian relief. He’d rather leave that job to some kind spirited Brits. Is he also expecting us to set up an aid campaign in Syria?
Having been likened to a Daesh sympathizer for my personal view by Mr Cameron I have no problem in comparing him to Herman Goering who, in the Nuremberg trials, gave an insight to the population control tactics of the Nazi party. “People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger”