My MP asked constituents to send him their views on the vote to bomb Syria. Here’s what I sent him…

Dear Andrew Percy

IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh – whatever we call them – are neither fools nor something as simplistic as a politically focused terrorist group. They are an organisation dedicated to the overthrow of all that we hold dear and I fear that the proposed use of air attacks on IS locations in Syria is just what IS wants.

No matter how advanced our weapons, no matter how skilled our service personnel, war always leads to collateral damage. That’s such a neat phrase for the spreading of death and destruction amongst the majority of innocent inhabitants of Syria. Men, women and children amongst whom IS can hide so easily. Men, women and children we will kill and maim in our efforts to kill IS.

And every time we do kill innocent Muslims we hand our enemy priceless propaganda ammunition that they’ll use to rally evermore fighters to their cause, fighters from disenchanted Muslim populations around the world, including right here in the UK.

Will bombing IS make us safer? I doubt it. Not on its own. It is going to take a lot more than dropping bombs to stop IS. It is, in my opinion, a half-hearted measure that is more about showing the world how tough the UK is rather than a serious effort to stop IS.

Mike Hodges”
To quote Frank Herbert: “Knowing where the trap is– that’s the first step in evading it.” And I think we’re all falling into a trap so large we won’t see it until it’s too late.

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