4th December 2015 In General
The debate on bombing IS/Daesh in Syria
This is a very brief post, because my ignorance is great, and my understanding shallow.
I have three thoughts to offer:
- The absolutely crucial thing (I was particularly aware of this at the time of our intervention in Afghanistan after 9/11) is for all sides in the argument to recognise that it is a very difficult one. There should be no place for contempt or insult for those who take a different view from one’s own, or for those who honestly admit that they are not sure;
- IS/ISIL/Daesh seems to be one of several formulations over the last few years of people who hate. Their hatred is directed at the West, and also at any Muslim different from them. They try to kill those they hate in various ways, and they are alarmingly successful in recruiting. Military defeat of one of these groups on the ground or in the air in Syria is not going to stop the hate or the killing;
- The BBC have a page on which you can see how your MP voted. If you want to see the Archbishop of Canterbury’s excellent speech in the debate in the Lords, go to www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5648/archbishop-of-canterburys-speech-on-Syria.
What does anyone else think?
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