Should Britain bomb Syria or not

 

"The Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945, after WW11, the war to end all wars.The Statute of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the Charter that calls for the maintenance of peace and international security and respect for human rights. It was amended in 1965, 1971 and 1973 to enlarge membership to include Poland, China, Russia, France, the UK, US and other countries into the Security Council. As a charter, it is a constituent treaty, and all members are bound by its articles. Article 103 of the Charter states that obligations to the United Nations prevail over all other treaty obligations." (paraphrased from the UN and Wikipedia).
 
So how does this justify International action in a country already devastated by Civil War and a past and present of switched International alliances and the supply of weapons of Mass Destruction by the West? The indiscriminate bombing of people can never be justified in a country already crippled by war. It offers no solutions and only risks further retaliation of suicide bomber splinter groups around the world that put us all at risk from a war of massive destruction being operated by the West not on the ground but from the skies.
 - VFJ Michele Rowe

26 Nov. 2015

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The problem is here in the UK and we need our very best to protect ourselves from the heinous ISIS fanatics.

We can do that by putting more money on our security and intelligence, on our street policing,on our children's education paying for better resources for schools and colleges and better pay for our teachers (teachers' starting salary being 22,244/,- lowest compared to many other countries in the West), providing meaningful employment for our young graduates, affordable housing for the needy, good efficient dedicated service at our NHS hospitals and GP centres ensuring better pays and better working conditions for our junior doctors and nurses, looking after our pensioners....the list is long.

We need money here to fight the ISIS within us in our cities in the UK and not by squandering money out there bombing Syria.

We are wiser, better and therefore, stronger and more experienced than our friends in America and France....

 

- VFJ Dr. Hasanat Husain MBE

27 November 2015

 

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 'And yes, we are wiser, stronger and better than the media moguls who headline, manipulate and sensationalise 'the need' to go to war as a point of national pride that is tearing our countries and communities apart. It is this inhumane insanity that leads us to bomb a country already devastated by war and yet without offering asylum to those families trying to escape. Or is this another part of the plan? Surely not. And yes, while we are faced with the double edged sword of austerity and the rich becoming richer, somehow there is always the military machinery and power to go to war ~ that further rips at the fabric of our communities ~ and feeds ISIS at home and abroad.

 

And how do we deal with this, through "Prevent", where it is the duty of teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, the police ~ and all of those in the caring services, who are professionally bound to report suspected radicalisation ~ when the issues to support people and communities to feel free to speak are much deeper than this so that these issues are dealt with rather that being swept underground. Suspected radicalisation is presenting pain for communities in the East and West. In this way we need to have trust our communities and that Islam as you have said many times Hasanat is a religion of peace, which my long experience in Tower Hamlets, affirms again and again ~ and to find ways to deal with the pain suspected radicalisation and youth disaffection represents in a much deeper way. And yes, it is through education that we become wiser and our NHS that we become healthier in mind, body and soul. War and bombing Syria offers absolutely no solutions but only brings more pain and devastation at home and abroad.'

- VFJ Michele Rowe

28 November 2015

 

Whether Britain gets stumbled in the Syrian Quagmire or not (not an important issue for non-British people) is least important.

 

Do they have the right to enter Syria or bomb the country from air without being asked by the Syrian Government. Who is Britain or US to question if Assad is a legitimate or illegitimate ruler? Was Bush Jr a legitimate President of the US? The Florida Vote Count was very controversial.

-VFJ Prof. Taj Hashmi (USA)

29 November 2015