Friday, 30 August 2013
Our Shame Over Syria
I write this after a night where I ever never been more ashamed to be involved in politics, a night where my opinion and respect for our political elite hit a new low and after a night where innocent children and families in Syria where told their suffering doesn't matter by the UK Parliament.
Watching the debate in Parliament you would think that the conflict that we were all discussing was that of Iraq and that we had suddenly entered a time warp going back to the dark days following 9/11. MP after MP rose to give so called pearls of wisdom of how the government had made the wrong decisions when they decided to act over the Iraq war and others warning of entering into a "war with Syria". Yet the honorable members were actually debating a motion of principled future military action if necessary in Syria not Iraq and indeed no mention of all out war or a grand invasion that seem to be being implied by some of the principled opposition to the motion in the chamber.
The tone of debate was even more bizarre when MPs from my own party rose to read out how they had taken straw polls and received 250 emails from busy bodies opposing any intervention in Syria. While at the same time BBC NEWS was showing footage of children being burnt to death by Napalm in a school in Syria.
Ed Miliband added to the Circus that was the House of Commons when he decided that playing a game of twister turning this way and that over whether we should intervene and in the end finished with simply a position of party politics clearly demonstrated further by disgraceful Labour MPs calling out in repugnant fashion for the Prime Minister to resign following the government losing the vote on the motion in the chamber.
We have a proud history as a nation of standing up for the vulnerable and innocent around the world that have found their basic human rights threatened in the face mass genocide from a brutal dictator, but last night MPs shattered that reputation in one spineless walk through the lobby and the real losers as a result are the 1000s of innocent Syrians who will now continue to be murdered by the Assad regime.
We have set down in principle that a dictator can use WMDs and chemical weapons indiscriminately as long as they do so during the fog of war relying on the west's fetishistic obsession with its own mistakes over Iraq and culture of the political elite more concerned with opinion polls and their majorities than the lives and suffering of innocent people facing genocide in another nation.
War is repugnant and the cost of military action is a tragic one but one that far outweighs the cost of refusing to act when a nation has decided it is free to exterminate vast chunks of its own people.
I will never shape my views by straw polls or let the fact that I may be criticised for taking such a strong view on Syria, some things go far beyond politics and elections this is one of those issues I am a good Samaritan and I wont apologise for that.