Monday, 6 October 2014

Iraqi air strikes - letter to the Gazzette

Dear Editor,

It is unsurprising that Julian Brazier backed the air strikes against Islamic State; however, this further intervention will do nothing to bring peace to the region.

The air strikes are particularly poignant locally as they come just a few months after campaigners unveiled a Whitstable memorial bench in memory of Brian Haw, who campaigned so tirelessly against the government's foreign policy of aggression.

The appalling ideology and barbaric acts of IS have to be stopped but, as repeated interventions in the Middle East have shown, aggression is rarely productive. Indeed, it is often counter-productive and every bomb dropped will drive IS harder, increasing their hatred of the West.

We need to focus on how we can increase political and diplomatic efforts to address the hostility between the Sunnis and Shias, and we need to work with regional powers such as Iran and Turkey to ensure proper support for the Iraqi government.

Aggression will simply fuel more aggression; the way to peace is through talking.

Stuart Jeffery
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Well said Stuart. Unfortunately those idiots in Parliament don't have any concept of how the middle east works. Obviously at Eton/Harrow and Oxbridge they still think the region is full of twirling dervishes!

They also don't appear to have any regard for hostages held in the region. Now if Eric Pickles was a hostage, what do you think the government would do?