Should UK go to war in Syria?

Should UK go to war in Syria?

Thousands of protesters in London Downing Street say NO!

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Thousands gather in Downing Street, against the bombing of Syria.

 

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Protesters remain seated, even after protest.

 

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“Prime Ministers since Thatcher and the Falklands have thought that war was popular and could galvanise a population, but since Tony Blair they’ve discovered that it galvanises the public against their wars. David Cameron wants to be seen as a statesman, as a big player on the international stage, and in 2013 when he lost the vote to Syria, it was a massive blow to his credibility, both internationally and at home and he feels now he has to win this vote and take Britain to war to re-establish on both of his front, from his perspective.” Activist

Why shouldn’t we go to war in Syria?

Here are a few reasons:

  • It will kill innocent civilians. There is no such thing as a bomb so smart that it always hits its target. No doubt, innocent people will die. Some people may argue that the UK airstrikes are not that much in number, a few bombs will be used to get ISIS. However, this will be militarily ineffective and therefore pointless, but if they are significant, they will kill civilians.
  • “When I say ‘War’, You say Welfare!” Instead of spending billions on Trident, why not fund schools, housing, NHS and jobs. Help the welfare state.
  • It will not work. The US and its allies are already bombing Isis in Syria and Iraq without significant effect. Isis is a violent and reactionary organization but more bombing will only increase bitterness against the West.
  • It will increase the flow of refugees. More bombs means more destruction of houses, hospitals, schools and infrastructure and this in turn will mean more people fleeing Syria. Over the last year of US bombing the number of Syrian refugees has rocketed from about 2.7 million to over 4 million.
  • More Western bombing will mean more Russian support for Assad. The Russians are already increasing their support for Assad, because rebels may overthrow him alongside ISIS.
  • Fuelling the proxy war perhaps? Russia support Assad and his regime by claiming to fight “terrorism”, but seem to be fighting rebels as well as ISIS. US support the Syrian opposition within Syria (rebels), but not ISIS. UK want to support US.
  • We need to learn from our mistakes.                            
  • “I do not believe, that bombing Syria will make it any safer than bombing Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya!”
  •   – Dianne Abbott.
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Dianne Abott stands in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn.
  •  ‘The “War on Terror” has brought nothing but blood and destruction to Afghanistan and Iraq and has destabilized the Middle East and large parts of Africa. The 2011 intervention in Libya dramatically increased the rate of killing and led to Islamist radicalisation. There is no reason to think the outcome will be any different  in Syria’. -Stop the War Coalition
History repeats itself?
  •  However, how do we know that if the UK hadn’t taken action, what would Libya look like today? Gadafi, being the ruthless dictator he was, could’ve brutally defeated his enemies (civilians),atrocities could be far worse than what they are today e.g. more Libyan refugees. Arguably, there would be more control of borders in comparison to now, where there is no laws on the borers. Not many Libyan refugees in Europe. It is popular route, through Libya for refugees to come to Europe from Africa.
Some interesting messages:
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I asked this gentleman “Why are you dressed like this?” “I’m fighting for peace!” He says.

 

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War is not the solution.

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Words of wisdom from Malala.

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Save Brixton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can we do instead of go to war?

Cut Supplies: Stop supplying arms to ISIS. Musician Eno said “Why don’t we start doing the clever thing and follow the money.” He was implying Saudi Arabia, Qatar, who sponsor terrorist networks in Syria.

Negotiation: Discussing the ideologies between those willing to negotiate. This is complex because Syria is a sectarian state (shi’aa, Sunii’s, Alawee (form of Shi’ite)), it will be difficult to compromise between the different ideologies. It will also be difficult to negotiate between Syrian rebels and Bashar, let alone ISIS.

Let’s say the compromise goes well, there is risk that Bashar or others will not stick to their word, like what happened in Yemen, where Ali Abdullah Saleh promised to step down from presidency, but turned out to be working with the Yemen rebels (Huthi) in secret in return for his immunity (a.k.a. to not be trialled). It’s like the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ This is parallel to the Afghanistan and US war, where US funded and supported Afghanistan, as Afghanistan were enemies with what was then known as the Soviet Union.

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Defeating the ideology of ISIS , Prophet Muammed (PBUH) taught the lesson of reconciliation when granting amnesty to the people of Mecca who “turned me {him} out of my{his} house and when I{he} took refuge in a far-off place, you {people of Mecca} rose to fight against me. However in spite of your crimes, I forgive you all and make you free.” This shows the prophet resorting to forgiveness and not revenge.

Peace Treaty: Rwanda signed a peace treaty. In November 2007, to move forward from the genocide, which murdered 800,000 Tutsi’s within 100 days. President Paul Kagame who was of Tutsi tribe came into power in 2000. Despite the massacre of his people, he did not seek revenge and for that Rwanda was able to move forward.

Same with South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was elected president on May 10, 1994. He preached reconciliation and forgiveness, instead of seeking retribution against the white people of South Africa. Look at South Africa today.

Negotiation and reconciliation is the way forward. The Syrian people and Arab people could apply this approach and see where it takes them.

 

Different countries = different outcomes.

“Syria is not Libya, it will not implode, it will explode beyond its borders.”       – Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

George Galloway Dont Bomb Syria
Photo from The Guardian.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/29/london-dont-bomb-syria-protest-celebrities#img-1

http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news/six-reasons-why-bombing-syria-is-a-very-bad-idea

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14093322

http://www.sol.com.au/kor/19_03.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_proxy_wars

 

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7 thoughts on “Should UK go to war in Syria?

  1. Fantastic article! Informative for those who may not understand the alternatives to bombs, because of a lack of exposure to it by just following mainstream media outlets. Thanks for putting it in such simple terms my friend – THWBlog

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    1. Thank You very much my friend, it took a long time putting together all the information from various sources as well as my own. Thank you very much for taking the time to read, reblog and comment. Long time no comment?! About time. I look forward to reading more from you. 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on The Human Writes Blog and commented:
    This post from Have Amal beautifully explains the possible outcomes of bombing Syria, in an incredibly simple manner. If you have been following the discussions about how to solve the incredibly complex problems in Syria recently, this offers a fantastic explanation of why bombing Syria does not provide all the answers that some claim they do. No-one says the alternatives to bombing will be easy to achieve. However, claims that it will fail have extremely shaky foundations. Not to mention that the method of bombing countries to clear terrorism has proved incredibly unsuccessful in recent history. I urge you to read this article and let both me and the author of Have Amal know what you think of the dilemma.

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