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Not in our interest
SO NOW Britain could once again be bounced by the USA into yet another war in the Middle East, this time in Syria.
Why cannot our leaders ever learn from previous mistakes? We are not even waiting for the findings of the UN inspectors. David Cameron will not be bound by the votes in Parliament of our elected MPs, who know that most British people are against any military action by us.
Why do we not negotiate with the Russians who have real influence in Syria? Russia helped the West and the UN in the Balkans because they had influence with Slobodan Milosovic and the Russians were the key players in saving our face in the former Yugoslavia. What if these American “punitive” strikes fail? What if they hit a school or hospital or a chemical weapons dump? Then what do we do and say? Cameron and his allies say that killing with poison gas is unacceptable and barbaric – so is killing with cruise missiles.
In no way is our involvement in Syria in our national best interests – it is just madness.
David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.
• IT WOULD appear that our Government is hell-bent on taking out the Syrian government by force.
How do ministers know it was the Syrian Government that ordered the chemical attack last week?
It is time that Britain looked after her own people first, and put its own interests first. The trouble in Syria, as often in the Middle East, seems to involve one religious community against another.
With regards to the chemical attack, why is the world condemning the Syrian Government and not the opposition, who are fighting the Government?
We always get on our high horses about things like this. Let’s look after ourselves for once.
Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.
• REGARDING Syria, if America wants to have a pop at Assad, then let them get on with it. David Cameron – keep your nose out!
Britain is not the world’s police force.
R Hutchinson, Sherwood Grove, York.
• TWO-and-a-half years of conflict in Syria have cost 100,000 fatalities and millions of refugees, with the United Nations being unable to persuade the combatants to find a peaceful solution.
Britain and the United States are now considering what action to take to show their serious disapproval of the use of chemical weapons, which are alleged to have been used by President Assad’s forces against the rebels.
Russia disagrees, alleging the rebels were responsible. Thousands of fatalities and casualties resulted.
It is probable that missiles will be directed from about 100 miles away, aimed to destroy the president’s centre of operations and similar.
These weapons of mass destruction are pretty accurate but will still cause peripheral damage, inflicting further casualties to innocent civilians of all ages.
The question is: is this action intended to impress disapproval of the chemical weapon use? Or, is there some hope that it will persuade the two sides to cease fire?
In any case, the intervention will add to the already huge number of casualties with no certain result.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.
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