I watched both Jeremy Corbyn and Stewart Hosie on the Marr show today. I thought both of them made perfect sense.
If the United Nations means to tell countries that they can bomb Syria, then they should leave them in no doubt that that is the resolution of organisation's aim.
There was the same sort of situation over the Iraq war with the English Attorney General telling Blair first that the resolution passed DID NOT and then, two days later, DID authorise military action.
It was never totally clear but with the passage of time it seems to have been agreed that the war was illegal.
If there is no doubt about the intention this time, let us have confirmation in a proper resolution authorising war.
Fallon, on the same programme, gave a performance that was described here by Craig Murray. His interview was a tissue of lies, start to finish and far less plausible than either of the two opposition parties.
The ex-Ambassador to Syria has also rubbished the claims of the government.
War should never be contemplated until every other possibility has been explored and attempted. And even then, it should be remembered that it comes with consequences, and massive expense in terms on people's lives and of course money, which we are told we don't have. Involvement will surely bring retaliation...and why wouldn't it?
As Stewart suggested, why don't we follow the money, and the oil; cut the supply chain, which I would bet we are a part of (we export billions of pounds worth of weapons to Saudi every year, and have done so for a very long time. Until they started slaughtering the population of Yemen recently they seem not have used the weapons...)
Isil doesn't manufacture sophisticated weaponry...what would they do if they couldn't get any more guns; any more ammunition?
War, any war, is indescribably terrible and will always have repercussions. It must be the very very last resort.
Don't read any further if you have a weak stomach. A couple of these photographs are pretty graphic. But this is what war does.
|There are some very big business names that will do nicely from another war.|
|Send Cameron to fight one to one with the head of Isil?|
|Amazingly, there are members of the shadow cabinet who want to use this situation to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn.|
|Who supplies ISIL?|
Who's regime is closest to Isil's?
And who supplies them with arms?
|It's not unfair or unreasonable that those who want war should go fight it.|
Same here. They can line up behind Cameron.
|Of course, few in the PLP give a stuff about what conference for the membership think. That's why they are so angry with Corbyn for asking them.|
|The ridiculous claims that no civilians would be injured are farcical and insult our intelligence. Have they forgotten that we read Twitter and Facebook?|
|And what about the refugees we will create as we bomb cities to the ground?|
|Fallon, Cameron and Benn may not mind having this on their consciences. I do.|
|You must be ashamed to Hilary, Tony|
|Even Tory Matthew Parris agrees.|