Don't Bomb Syria - A Letter to the Prime Minister
Stop the War Coalition urge the UK government to seek political and diplomatic solutions to the tragic situation in Syria
Dear Prime Minister,
There can be no justification for chemical weapon attacks, or for the despicable bombing which targets civilians of the sort that we saw in Douma. But further military intervention is not the solution and can only extend the appalling suffering of the people of Syria. It also risks spreading the war across the Middle East and raises the frightening possibility of direct confrontation between nuclear armed powers.
It is quite wrong to argue that these attacks are the price of non-intervention. In fact, foreign military intervention from all sides, including from our own government, has only served to deepen and prolong the war in Syria. Britain voted to join the US in bombing Syria in 2015 and was involved in covert operations before that. Its interventions have killed many people, fuelled the cycle of violence and done nothing to bring peace.
Rather than backing the gung-ho foreign policy of the most inflammatory and xenophobic US President in history, the British government should be seeking political and diplomatic solutions to the tragic situation in Syria, and to avoid anything that can escalate further the conflict in the region.
Lindsey German & Murad Qureshi
Stop the War Coalition