I had made the case in my recent article in the Middle East Monitor for a more comprehensive strategy both for eradicating IS and bringing peace to Syria because I was not convinced by the British Prime Minister’s case.
I thought the great veteran Labour MP Gerald Kaufman captured the PM’s plan very succinctly as can be seen below.
There will undoubtedly be Syrian civilian casualties despite assurances by the Government that what the RAF will bring are precision weapons that can almost distinguish between an IS person and a Syrian civilian.
I simply do not believe this.
I also do not believe the claim that there are tens of thousands of ‘moderate’ Syrian opposition fighters just waiting for Britain’s signal to take swathes of land vacated by beleaguered IS fighters running away from Britush bombs.
The fact is that most, if not all, MPs gave never experienced being on the receiving end of a bombing campaign, day after day.
The Syrian people have, the Iraqis have and before them, the Palestinians in Gaza have over many years of Israrli bombing raids.
Thousands have been killed, tens of thousands have been injured and hundreds of thousands of homes have been demolished. Children have been traumatised got life and have lost out in education and a normal life.
I found it interesting to read today that the first target of British bombs in Suria was an oil field that supplies almost 10% of the oil revenues for IS/Daesh.
I tweeted this
It is only day one of the U.K.’ ‘Extension’ of raids from Iraqyo Syria but I doubt if the IS leadership watched the debate in Parliament last night and when the vote was announced packed their bags and dispersed.
I want to see IS destroyed and its ideology consigned to the dustbin of history but there is a better way to achieve this than simply dropping ‘smart’ bombs on Riqqa.
I hope and pray the UK will be safer as a result of last night’s decision.