On the UK bombing Syria: ‘Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity’

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Swearing in headlines usually feels a bit cheap, but in this case, it couldn’t demonstrate the point any more clearly, so there it is. Now, let’s explore that point some more.

Since the Tories won the general election, they haven’t even bothered to pretend they care about us anymore. So why should their plans to up the anti in Syria suggest otherwise?

Now that seems like a rather bold claim, so let’s back it up with a little look back at the past few months. Following the Tory victory in May’s general election, old Davey C didn’t mess around when securing the UK’s descent into bigotry and toffery (not a word until now).

While choosing people for his cabinet, he chose a homophobe for the minister of equality, a supporter of the death penalty for Justice Secretary and a multi-millionaire who thinks you can live on £60 a week for Work and Pensions Secretary.

His sidekick George Osborne (or Chancellor of the Exchequer as he’ll have you bloody well know) happily launched £20 billion worth of cuts after the budget in July, of which society’s most vulnerable have bared the brunt.

Throughout the refugee crisis (almost certainly exasperated by poking our guns in Syria’s business) David Cameron maintained his anti-immigration stance whilst Home Secretary Theresa May delivered a speech that essentially suggested migrants aren’t welcome unless their arm is hanging off.

He then promised he’d let 20,000 of the 4.1 million currently displaced Syrians in by 2020 because a picture of a refugee cradling his drowned child on the Greek coast went viral. Even a man as crassly overt to compassion as David couldn’t stand by and do nothing in this case, clearly. But this pitiful attempt to cover up his party’s xenophobic sentiments is fooling no one.

In essence, the Tory government care about our well-being as much as they care about a spilt glass of champagne, or their leader’s sexual exploits with a pig. That is to say, not at all. So when we’re told that it is is David Cameron’s “firm belief” that the UK should join air strikes in Syria, should we be so quick to support him?

But before we answer that question, we need to ask a few other questions first.

Why did the Paris attacks happen?

Let’s make no mistake, the Paris attacks were cruel, tragic and unnecessary, but they weren’t picked at random out of a hat. They were carefully considered strategic attacks; planned and performed by people with a grudge that continues to be fed by western military presence in the Middle East.

In fact, in the midst of the attack at the Bataclan in Paris, one of the gunmen shouted in a native French accent, “This is because of all the harm done by Hollande to Muslims all over the world.”

ISIS are a complicated organisation and it would take a book to fully explain their structure, ideas and motivations. But let’s be clear, bombing Syria is not making them feel any warmer towards us, and more bombs won’t change that. Would you clean up your dog’s excrement by smearing it into the carpet?

They view the west as an evil entity and themselves as noble crusaders, bringing western society into a state of frenzy where they are vulnerable in order to bring about collapse – one suicide bomber at a time. So far, it’s working.

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What has been achieved with this approach in the past?

Since 9/11 the question of why they hate us has remained unanswered – almost as if the question has been avoided because it might expose the notion that the 14 year war on terror has achieved the sum total of nothing whatsoever.

Yes. In 2001 George Bush declared war on terrorism and since then, trillions of pounds have been spent and thousands of people have died in the countries where terror supposedly lives. What else has been achieved? A couple of dead dictators and a few thousand angry extremists to replace them?

From 2003 till 2011 when the US army withdrew, 14.705 innocent civilians were killed by the US military in Iraq, many of those being under-18. More recently, the Syrian civil war has seen over 200,000 people die since 2011.

Let’s not forget that this is only a surface level insight into the horror being inflicted in the Middle East. Does 130 people in Paris still sound like a lot? Or to ask a better question, does it sound like a good enough reason to add thousands more to the aforementioned death toll?

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You can’t kill an idea

The main point here should be that you can’t kill an idea, as Frankie Boyle puts it so elegantly in his latest column. You can bomb Syria until it’s nothing more than a sandy crater, but if the underlying philosophy of organisations like ISIS persists (which with our current behaviour, it will) then no number of bombs will solve anything.

Our involvement will only worsen an already critical situation and force even more people to flee as refugees, which we will of course turn away upon their arrival. Not only that, our involvement also increases the risk of an attack in the UK.

Are the government’s plans for military action in Syria seeming any more contradictory, short-sighted or psychotic yet?

It’s time to stop thinking we can bomb our way to a peaceful world and start considering non-violent solutions in a realistic way. War has never solved anything and never will. At this point, that couldn’t be any clearer.

Here’s a tool for you to send this message loud and clear to the government.

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