The debate in the House of Commons was thorough, and the horror and revulsion at recent atrocities in Syria, Paris, Beirut and elsewhere is shared by MPs from across the political divide. Yet I have still to see any evidence to suggest that UK bombing Isis targets in Syria is likely to increase our security here in Britain or help bring about a lasting peace in the region in question - to the contrary, the evidence appears to suggest it would make matters worse.
In a lengthy and in depth discussion at the Cardiff West Labour Party monthly meeting last Friday we agreed that there were no easy moral certainties over the debate on Syria. Those on either side of the argument who see the question of what is the right thing for the UK to do in black and white, ignore the fact that this is not a question of war and peace.
Margaret Thatcher had The Falklands, for Tony Blair it was Iraq, and for the second time in two years David Cameron eyes Syria as his chance to look s...
In the interests of taste and decency, let us look away from the gruesome spectacle of the civil war that has engulfed the Labour party and concentrate instead on the far more serious conflict in Syria. So here are some questions that you might like to ask yourself (with my answers) before you decide whether you agree with David Cameron that the UK should now join the international military action against IS in Syria.
Air strikes would be nothing new, the US, France, and more recently Russia, have been bombing Syria for months. The rhetoric may be about freedom for Syrians, but the air strikes have fuelled the ongoing civil war and exacerbated the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding on the ground.
Air strikes in Syria are the latest chapter in the unwinnable 'War On Terror'. Whilst we still await the Chilcot report, two governments on from the Iraq Inquiry, here are 10 lessons will still haven't learnt from Iraq, which will doom us to fail to bring peace in Syria.
Reacting like a true demagogue, beating the drums of war, French 'socialist' president François Hollande has vowed to intensify the bombardment of an already pulverized Syria. Truly, those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. That was something Mr Herzog taught us too.
We cannot fight terrorism effectively while the methods we are using to do so - drone strikes, repressive legislation, closing borders arbitrarily - help fuel the problem and stoke up intercommunal tension.
The hell of Raqqa: where the French have joined the bloodied military games, the whips of Daesh rule the land and morality fled into the night long ag...
Military action in Syria is not a move to be taken lightly, that is why our leader, Tim Farron, joined by all our past leaders, have written to Prime Minister David Cameron outlining our position. To avoid a repeat of the mistakes in our past the government should listen and take action.
Nothing can ever justify an extremist taking an innocent life, particularly one who does so in the name of Islam. However, without a commitment to change deeply ingrained behaviours in our international approach, extremism is here to stay.
"Poor, poor Paris. Killed by complacency," opines Niall Ferguson (Sunday Times, 15 November 2015). This is Ferguson's parting shot in a piece headed,...
Me and a group of friends on Twitter decided to get together to start a campaign with the hashtag #1in5Muslims to show that the vast majority of Muslims are just really normal people who oppose the abhorrent views of Isis and the like and with many mocking the survey with jokes and made-up facts.
One thing is clear: radicalisation doesn't happen in a vacuum. The bullies who seek to twist and darken the souls of confused young men (and they are largely young, and men) prey on this, pouring poison into their ears.
Surely there is nothing left to say. Or maybe there is but by someone else. In the words of Philip Levine '[t]here is more to be said,/ but by someone who has suffered/ and died for his sister the earth/ and his brothers the beasts and the trees.' Not me. Not us - whoever that is.
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