“Shoot them, bomb them, kill them, wipe them off the face of the earth”.
These are the screeching voices we here from every corner, in reaction to the indiscriminate carnage, recently experienced at the hands of ISIL (DAESH) in Paris.
What we choose to forget, or ignore, is that these and other dreadful atrocities are repeated every day, on the people of Iraq, Afganinistan, Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria, the list is endless. The misery, devastation, disruption, bitterness and anger, resulting, is boundless.
Yes, we remove the hated tyrants and dictators, the Ghadafis, the Saddams, even Assad, who were once our favoured allies, but what fills the black hole left behind, but space for the growth of evil ideologies such as ISIL whose psychopathic leaders exploit the grief, anger, fear and terror of the populations left behind.
America, Russia and France are already bombing Syria. Why are we in such a hurry to join in? Where is the plan for what comes next?
Why are we once again using the words ‘weapons of mass destruction’, ‘revenge’, ‘hitting back’, to justify our knee jerk reactions. Bombing can not wipe out an ideology. All it does is make us feel like we are ‘doing something’. It pinpoints us as a target as the ‘enemy’. It destroys economies, homes, schools, infrastructure and lives. It maims, kills, blows to pieces, men, women and children, who get in the way, ‘collateral damage’. It fuels the mass emigration of peoples fleeing the horrors of war.
This is a tried and tested solution, that has never worked in any conflict and has never achieved peace, why is it the one we always fall back on?
The United Nations was set up after the First World War to try and get countries to work together, to find peaceful solutions to conflicts, with out recourse to the carnage and waste of war. Surely in this day and age, it is not beyond the abilities of the United Nations Assembly to work, truly together, to put together a ‘peacekeeping force’, to tackle the indiscriminate trade in armaments, to get warring countries round a table for meaningful negotiation, until there is a solution, for all our sakes. Or are our, so called leaders, in every country, so deaf to the calls for peace and stability from their peoples, so determined to be seen as strong and resolute and so desperate to control and dominate the worlds dwindling resources, that they simply cannot and will not countenance another way?
All anyone of us want, no matter what our colour, creed or ethnicity, is the chance to protect our families, to have freedom from hunger, to provide a home and shelter, to see our children access and benefit from education, to be free to practise our faith, if we have one, to have a meaningful place and future in this beautiful world. Is this really too much to ask?
Cllr Sue Mullins,
West Sussex County Council, (Lab, Gossops Green and Ifield East)
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