Britain's politicians are debating in parliament today (Wednesday) on whether to bomb the Islamic State in Syria. David Cameron has urged Tory MPs not to vote with "terrorist sympathisers" and instead to support military action.
But for one 22-year-old Syrian who escaped to Europe, but whose family and friends are still in Homs, bombing his home country is simply adding "gas to the fire".
The Syrian, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, says feelings are mixed about Western intervention.
"Some will think the British are actually trying to help the Syrian people take down a dictator and establish so-called democracy in the country, [others] will despise Western governments and their foreign policies for trying to take down their one true leader, Assad."
Either way, none of his friends or family were willing to speak out publicly about their views on foreign intervention, as there might be "bad consequences" for them.
"Communication is believed to be tapped in Syria, and rare are the people that are willing to risk testing if that is a myth or not."
But, with the promise of anonymity, the student opened up to The Huffington Post UK, saying he did not see "the logic" behind Cameron's plan to bomb ISIS.
"I can personally tell you that now, especially with the latest Russian-Turkish tension, the British intervention will do nothing but add gas to fire and could potentially contribute to starting a regional if not a world war," he said. "A war that could potentially last decades, in which liberties and freedom will be taken away from people, weapons manufacturers will be laughing their way to the bank with every missile launched, and resources of my country will be stolen.
"All previous foreign interventions in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria, did nothing but destabilize the country further and send them at least a couple of dozen years back.
"I do not see the logic behind Cameron's plan, pretending that his intervention will tip the scale. That is utterly absurd and insulting to the intellect of the people of Britain, Syria and everyone that had to listen to this nonsense. Dropping bombs to stop refugees fleeing bombs defies common sense.
"I'll tell you what will happen if Cameron decided to fight fire with fire. It will basically come around and bite him in the ass, but it will not be him to be the victim of his irresponsible actions, but the British people.
"You already have loads of ISIS fighters coming from the UK to Syria, to think that ISIS has no sleeper cells operating covertly in the UK at the moment or in fact in any part of the world is not only absurd, but stupid."
He continued: "These extremists are waiting for such a mistake to 'justify' their terrorist acts, which will end up planting more fear in the people of the UK just as it did in Paris a couple of weeks ago.
"If Cameron really wanted to fight ISIS, he would stand up against Turkey - who just shot down the plane of a country that is actually fighting the IS.
"Terrorism is an ideology, and ideas cannot be fought with bullets. I am pretty sure Cameron and the rest of the world leaders know that, but tend to ignore it to push their own agendas which fulfill their interests and the interests of the people behind them."
Cameron today appealed to MPs to back RAF air strikes to "keep the British people safe" from the threat of terrorist attack.
Opening a 10-hour Commons debate ahead of a vote tonight, the Prime Minister said the country had no choice but to engage in the struggle with IS – also referred to Isil, Isis or Daesh.
"The question before the House today is how we keep the British people safe from the threat posed by Isil," he told MPs.
"This is not about whether we want to fight terrorism, it's about how best we do that."Suggest a correction