The notion that we will indiscriminately bomb innocent civilians is ridiculous. We will be using Brimstone missiles - these are very precise, concentrated strikes that minimize the risk of collateral damage. Even the US does not have military capabilities as precise as ours. So, at the margin, our decision to join in with the coalition-led airstrikes campaign in Syria will not only weaken ISIS, but will help spare civilian lives while doing so.
In the aftermath of the vote on whether to bomb ISIS in Syria, the new Labour Party will have to face some uncomfortable questions about the new direction in which Corbyn wants to take, spurred on both by Corbyn's supporters, and by the group that now seems to take pride of place in Corbyn's foreign policy: Stop the War Coalition.
News of what happened at Leytonstone, of course, spread all over the world, so relatives and friends from the States got in touch. After I assured them that I was okay, they then went on to ask why and how the Met dealt with a potential terror situation - without guns. It was so strange, so incomprehensible, something they could not imagine. That's because the USA is an armed society. Arms are the equalizer; the avenger; the explainer; the revenge; and your best friend.
Our country's history plainly shows that the long term consequences of doing nothing in the face of fascism are far more significant than the short term comforts of retreating into isolation. So while air strikes may seem like an overly expensive, dangerous and risky gesture of solidarity for France and the other innocents who have died at the hands of ISIS, as I've attempted to show, there is no real alternative...
This week the Walthamstow community seems to have cracked itself apart. For once it wasn't about Mini Holland, the controversial scheme to make Walthamstow Village more bike-friendly. No, this latest schism concerns something on a far less local scale - the vote on the airstrikes on Syria. And the figure at the centre of it all is Stella Creasy.