Peter Capaldi, as Doctor Who, is a tour de force in explaining why the British should not bomb the Syrian people in Daesh territories. I have no idea whether or not the writers of this episode (from 30 mins 20 secs), Peter Harness/Steven Moffat, intended this drama to be an allegory of the decision facing the national parliament next week but it fits the bill.
The British have attacked this area of the world for many centuries, it began to occupy it in the late nineteenth century, and when the civilian population rebelled against British rule the British bombed them. At the peak of its power in 1942 Britain controlled Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Just as the British remember the Blitz, the people of Arabia remember the British bombing. We do not serve our interests by bombing Arab civilians again.
Memories are long held. Many in Arabia recall the Frankish invasions of the eleventh century (what Europeans refer to as the Crusades). It does not take much imagination to cast any military action that the British undertake today as a replay of those invasions.
It is the British government’s first duty to defend our land and the people in it. The best policy is to deal with violence and potential violence within Britain using firm but fair justice. It takes time and can be frustrating but, in the long term, it preserve more lives and provides for a better quality of life for all.
Military action outside of British territory should only take place in support of a democratic state or under UN auspices.
Prime Minister Cameron does Britain no favours by dropping a few bombs in Syria – and it will be just a few. It is pure tokenism based on dubious morality and untied to any process towards peace for the Syrians. One of the worst type of violent actions.
I am not a pacifist. For example, I am absolutely clear that we should have recovered the Falkland Islands but this bombing appears to be a puerile, knee-jerk reaction to recent events. I am saddened that so many of our MPs know so little of history and foreign affairs that they have got sucked in by the “we must do something party”. After all it was because we did something last time that we got into this trouble in the first place.
An eye for an eye makes the world blind.
Watch the Peter Capaldi tell MPs what it all about on iPlayer from 30 mins 20 secs