…..I am confused about all this business in Syria. Why was Dave (David Cameron) standing up in parliament trying to persuade the British MPS to sanction “military action” ie. Bombing Damascus?
The the images of the people and (especially children, ) damaged by the chemical weapons Assads forces are alleged to have used, are shocking and heartbreaking but I am not sure that more death and destruction by cruise missiles is necessarily the answer.
Did they learn nothing from Iraq?. It does not seem to me that Iraq is a safer or less threatening place than it was 10 years ago and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed.
. Over the past few days I have listened to all the political commentators and politicians and they all seem to be assuming a fundamental fact, (not known to the rest of us), that somehow this tiny island is VERY IMPORTANT in the international stage. I thought we had seen the error of our ways 60 years ago and let go of our empire.
I obviously don’t know much about international politics after all I am just a humble m_____e, but I wonder if Dave is suffering from delusions of grandeur.
In addition, due to “Austerity measures,” we have run down a lot of our military and he keeps telling us how broke we are.
Have you noticed how in the rhetoric today these chemical weapons have suddenly become “ weapons of mass destruction” how are they any different from any other bomb, automatic gun, unmanned drone, mine, trident missile, nuclear warhead ,virus and even hijacked plane or any other thing whose purpose is to kill as many people as it can ?
So Dave s parliamentary motion gets defeated in Parliament and we are not going to war again….yet.
Then onto Newsnight comes a doctor from Syria who is emotively challenging the leader of the opposition to come to her hospital and see the results of the conflict in Syria and begs for the world to do something.
Jeremy Bowen, the BBC middle Eastern correspondent tells us the already 1000, 000 people have been killed and over a million displaced people are refugees. When he talks to people in Damascus, some are supportive of the Assad regime and are worried about the extreme factions in the opposition.
I don’t pretend to know the answer.
I just know people are being killed and it is terrribly, terribly sad.
ayear ago I was reflecting on my life