Are you anti bombing in Syria?
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For those who are anti bombing and wish to lobby their MP here is a message from Momentum
David Cameron is desperate for Britain to rush to join the US, Russia, France and others in military action in Syria against Islamic State/Daesh (ISIL). But defeating terrorism requires a more complex strategy than just bombing another Muslim country.
We would all like to see the defeat of both IS and the Assad government – but it is not clear that this is an achievable aim through bombing. What is certain is that further bombing will increase the humanitarian crisis and cause civilian loss of life. Recent wars have created the sort of stateless societies in which terrorist groups like ISIL thrive. The case for UK military involvement has not been made.
If you agree, urge your MP to vote against going to war.
I will ask my MP to oppose bombing
The recent Labour Party conference agreed four conditions that would have to be satisfied before military action could be supported. None of these are satisfied:
Clear and unambiguous authorisation from the United Nations – As reported by the BBC, UN Security Council resolution 2249 carried last week does not provide a legal basis for military action by the UK and does not invoke Chapter VII of the UN charter authorising the use of force.
A comprehensive EU-wide plan to provide humanitarian assistance to the consequent increase in the number of refugees – In fact, the EU refugee plan is unravelling and the approach to refugees is highly fragmented.
That bombing is exclusively directed at military targets directly associated with 'ISIL' – but there is evidence that around 90% of drone strike victims in other conflicts were unintended casualties.
That any military action is subordinated to international diplomatic efforts, including the main regional powers, to end the Syrian civil war – but unfortunately the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey on top of differing approaches to the Assad regime and continuing multifaceted conflict make a broadly-based, sovereign Syrian government that could retake territory currently controlled by ISIL a diminishing prospect.
We have prepared a draft letter to enable you to urge your MP to oppose Cameron’s rush to war. It takes account of whether or not you have a Labour MP. Please adapt it and personalise it. And if you know any other Labour MPs, perhaps you could contact them too to make the case against war, based on the fact the conditions in the resolution carried at party conference two months ago are not nearly satisfied. Please emulate Jeremy and keep your messages about the issues and refrain from any personal attacks.
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