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article imageOp-Ed: Stop-The-War and Syria

By Alexander Baron     Aug 27, 2013 in Politics
London - The Stop-The-War-Coalition has called an emergency protest at Downing Street for tomorrow night starting at 5pm. It remains to be seen if it will have the desired effect.
Details of the protest can be found on the Stop-The-War website. The organisation has also issued a letter to Prime Minister Cameron that calls for "the people of the Middle East to decide their own future". In other words, hands off. This letter is signed by usual suspects Jeremy Corbyn and Lindsey German. No doubt they mean well, as does US Secretary of State John Kerry when he hints of US intervention.
The problem is we, the West, are damned if we do, damned if we don't. After war after war against Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places, not to mention the terrorist strikes against the West these have inspired, people here are sick to death of war. So if we stay out of it, at least we will see no more of our service personnel shipped home in body bags, or with missing limbs and broken minds. On the other hand if we don't intervene and we see another Rwanda...How likely is that? The Rwandan genocide was based squarely on race, that thing we are told by left wing morons doesn't really exist. The current conflict in Syria is nothing of the sort, it is simply people who hate each other, a full blown civil war. We had ours back in 1642, and that was bloody enough. Now wars - regional and civil - are fought with automatic weapons, and if we are to believe the latest reports, chemical weapons.
Do we stay out, do we try to enlist the support of Iran as has recently been mooted, or do we intervene on the side of the rebels?
If there is to be any intervention at all, it must be strictly as a last resort. It is easy to paint the Syrian Government as the bad guy, but the bottom line is that any government faced with a massive rebellion would do exactly the same, as history tells us.
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