As I write this the Royal Air Force is engaged in air strikes in Syria. An act which in itself is dividing opinion across the country…
On the one hand we have Islamic State and an all too clear need to confront ideological Islam. Yet on the other we have the realities of war and the all too obvious probability that engaging in air strikes will only add to the already angry and hate filled environment that western governments have created.
It is often said that there are no victors in war and that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Bombs fall, rounds are fired – but when the bombs stop falling all that is often left are the victims. Women, children, mothers and fathers. Some of them will lose their lives, others will lose their limbs, many will lose their sanity. But regardless of who loses what, it is those who witness such things who will be left to carry the hatred for those who brought the suffering upon them.
At this point I would like to think that the politicians would ask themselves what trouble they create for the future. After all, easy it is to say that attacks on Paris deserve an equally harsh response. Yet I can’t help but doubt whether such harsh responses are effective at all. And would even argue that in this instance fighting fire with fire can only result in increased terror threats as the [all too human] collateral damage begins to seek revenge for a mother, father, brother or sister caught up in the crossfire.
I also wonder who stands to benefit here. It can be no coincidence that upon the news that air strikes were to commence, stocks in the arms industry shot up. Of course, this in itself is nothing new. The Military Industrial Complex has always profited from war. As have the banking cartels who provide the cash for such ventures in the form of interest riddled debt.[easy-tweet tweet=”But if not by bombing Islamic State, then how do we go about confronting what is a very real threat to peace.”]
It seems to me that with fire being counter productive. Water does perhaps offer some respite. Whilst we drop bombs Turkey stands accused of buying oil from Islamic State. Whilst we drop bombs Saudi Arabia stands accused of funnelling arms and ammunition, manufactured and supplied by the west, to Islamic State. Whilst we drop bombs the US continues to support somewhat questionable anti-Assad rebel forces in Syria. Ergo it stands to reason that reigning in Turkey, placing an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and gripping up the Americans in an attempt to force them to drop their support of radical elements in Syria might go some way to starving Islamic State into submission.
Of course, this isn’t so cut and dry as I suggest. But bombs and bullets do not help create peace. Fighting for peace is after all not all that far removed from screwing for virginity. And as those bombs fall all we can expect in return is a whole new generation of radical extremists hell bent on revenge.
Of course, there’s also the knock on effect. More war means more people fleeing war zones. More people fleeing war zones means a greater potential for radical elements to hide amongst their number. Which in turn means increased terror threats and an increased burden on the West. Not just in financial terms. But in terms of the extra burden this places on services, housing and the job market – driving wages down, house prices up and further increasing the gap between rich and poor.
Cause and effect. As one problem is created, so too are others. Until all that is left is a bitterly divided world and a tiny elite profiting on the back of the misery.
Sure, the politicians know what they’re doing. Or so some might say anyway. But given the abyss the world now finds itself staring into I can’t help but wonder if they really do know what they’re doing. All it takes is one wrong move and we could easily find ourselves sleep walking into a Third World War. But of course. Yet again, the politicians can’t be that stupid. Which to my mind leaves only one conclusion. They’re complicit.