So there seems to be so many things to write about this week. We have of course the news of the Climate change marched across the world, the huge up-swell in Britain’s anti-war movement, the internal divisions within the Labour and Conservative parties over the bombing Syria, the position of Jeremy Corbyn as an effective opposition and of course the atrocious bias of so much of the media in reporting all of this. In fact if I see one more headline blaming Corbyn for leading us into a war then I may well just be sick.
Yes he could whip his MPs but:
a) He would have been lambasted as a dictator for whipping them
b) Many would have rebelled anyway as he often did
c) The inherent nature of Corbyn is that he believes in everyone’s ability to make the right and moral decision.
Indeed, his fatal flaw may just be that he is too committed to his belief in people.
The sad fact is that the media, who are meant to present our county with the news and issues of the day, admittedly with an opinion of their own is blatantly ignoring the fact that this is David Cameron’s war. He is conducting himself in such a way as to discredit this nation amongst the other nations of the world. I would say that he is disappointing the people of Britain but alas, many who read the almost-lies of the Sun, the Mail and the Express (lest I go on) have not been informed properly of the folly of this grave mistake we are about to make.
The honest truth is there are not actual benefits for Britain joining this war in Syria, unlike there actually may have been in stopping Assad right at the beginning of this civil war (or before).
We can’t afford to enter this war, it will cost us dear financially in a time when we cannot even protect out basic pubic services.
We don’t know who our allies or enemies are, we have no plan in place for long term solutions.
Yes Britain is a target but bombing will only amplify that, if we have to spend money on armed forces do it to protect out county not attack others.
The stream of refugees is growing daily and Europe will see even more displaced peoples as other powers (let alone us) bomb their homes and add to the existing violence. Will Britain accept them? Unfortunately for too long now the everyday British person has been supportive of destructive wars in the Middle East with a reluctance to help the people caught in our neo-colonial crossfire.
In fact, the main achievement of this war before it has even begun is to distract the media and the people from the problems of the government. It wouldn’t be the first time in history:
- The actual support of Jeremy Corbyn among the Labour Party members and positive responses to him by the general public (on tax evasion, tax credits, education from cradle-to-grave, support of the NHS and green initiatives…) He is a threat to the establishment that a war, it is hoped, will discredit.
- The pressing need for a settlement in Scotland that had so far been ignored since the Referendum. The so-called ‘rise of the SNP’ and further talk of independence.
- Issues over Trident and cuts to our security forces (with opposition from both sides of the spectrum).
- The deep unpopularity of Jeremy Hunt, George Osborne, Theresa May and Iain Duncan Smith and their ultra-conservative policies
- His own unpopularity… ‘Piggate’.
- The fact that he will be remembered as one of the most pointless, if not damaging Prime Ministers of modern times.
Let us cut off supplies and funding to IS and Assad, use diplomacy not bombs. Let us accept that we have made mistakes in the Middle-East, learn form them and not repeat them. We owe the people of Syria a debt for having encouraged terrorism, abandoning them in their fight against Assad and refusing them entry into our country for refugee. Bombs will not repay that debt.
Britain has no reason to go to war. David Cameron has every reason to