Tuesday, 23 September 2014

War justified?

The news that Syria and Iraq are being bombed has left me in a quandry.... It seems very unfair that rich countries can go in and destroy homes and people with no real way of making sure that only the baddies are hit.

The sight of men marching, heavily swathed in black and intent on imposing their laws on people whose only crime is to be Christian is very frightening. Naturally we want them stopped. But I am not sure that bombing is right. Of course it's better than armies being sent in to get killed or kill in ground fighting...but that is simply might versus right.

If there is a clear cut moral objective to be achieved by air strikes then that seems to justify it. I am sure that when Hitler sent bombers over London and other big cities and we sent them back over Berlin and Dresden both sides justified the violence by believing that it would shorten the war!

I want the Islamic IS stopped that is certain..and the one crumb of comfort is that the headlines say that the USA is working with some Arab States.

When I read though that Tony Blair is saying that we should not rule out sending in troops on the ground that just makes me furious. A man who lied to justify us bombing Iraq really should keep quiet. He has no credibility left with me and I suspect very many people in this country.

In the beautiful Indian summer we are enjoying here it is hard to imagine the horror happening in Iraq and Syria . All I can do is pray...and I do...but it would help if I knew what to pray for beyond a vague plea for it all to turn out right in the end....

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