I cannot support the Government’s proposal to bomb Iraq again.
I share all the revulsion of the brutality of IS.
The filmed beheadings struck home so deeply its barbarity.
I hope so much that the public appeal from so many Muslims in our country for the life of Alan Henning is successful and this good man is allowed to return to his family.
I do not believe that the UK’s involvement in a bombing campaign will save Alan’s life and is more likely to create greater bloodshed and instability in the Middle East and increase the risks of harm in our own country.
The bombing campaigns in both the Iraq wars over the last decade are estimated to have cost, at a conservative estimate, over 700,000 lives.
UK involvement in the wars have served as the motivating recruiting sergeant for young people in our own country to join terrorist groups to such an extent that the lowest estimates of Britain’s now fighting in Iraq and Syria puts the number at 500.
The US and UK’s re-engagement in a war in Iraq is exactly what IS wants.
It contributes to the transformation of a regional sectarian infighting within the Islamic community into the potential of a global jihad.
Will we ever learn from Britain’s history of military adventures in the Middle East?
For over a century Britain and the West have invaded, bombed, toppled regimes, suppressed popular democratic movements, installed puppet dictators, and imposed the lines of mythical borders on sand which have created a region of instability where once there were great civilisations.
Even learning the lessons of the last decade might help us.
From Afghanistan, to Iraq and Libya, our military interventions have created chaos.
IS can even be seen as a direct product of Britain’s...
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