Caroline Lucas has joined with Brian Eno, Frankie Boyle, John Pilger, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Serwotka, Tariq Ali, Kate Hudson, Andrew Murray and any more, in writing a letter to beg the Prime Minister not to ahead with the bombing of Syria.
Here is the letter in full.
Dear Prime Minister,
The current rush to bomb Syria following the terrible events in Paris risks a dangerous escalation which will inflame the war there and increase bitterness against the West. The US has been bombing Isis for a year and admits that Isis is as strong as ever and has continued recruiting.
The experience of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya shows that Western military interventions lead to large scale casualties, devastating destruction and huge flows of refugees.
Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased Jihadi terrorist organisation around the world.
Rather than ignoring this recent history by joining the long list of countries that have bombed Syria in the last year, we urge the government to stop arming reactionary and aggressive regimes like Saudi Arabia and Qatar that sponsor terrorist groups and look for political solutions as the only viable way to end the conflict.
Mark Rylance, Brian Eno, Frankie Boyle, John Pilger, Francesca Martinez, Jeremy Hardy, Caroline Lucas MP, Arthur Smith, Miriam Margolyes, John Hilary, Michael Rosen, Mark Serwotka, Tariq Ali, Victoria Britain, Manuel Cortez, Christine Shawcroft, Prof Ray Bush, David Gentleman, Lindsey German, Kate Hudson, Andrew Murray, Logic (Musician), Prof John Kinsella
Tomorrow (Saturday 28th Nov 11am) there is a demonstration in Sheffield to stop the bombing.
In Sheffield many Green Party members have already written to their MP asking them to vote against the bombing. Please use this letter to help you compose your own letter to your MP. Or if you are really pressed for time Stop the War have prepared a model letter that you can send immediately.
One local member wrote
Will you vote to oppose bombing of Syria?
I am very heartened to hear Jeremy Corbyn’s voice on the radio opposing air strikes on Isis and urging caution not to escalate violence and revenge. I am full of admiration in the way he responds calmly with clarity, sanity and integrity.
My reasons for opposing any bombing of Isis is wanting to stop the likely suffering by the people bombed and caught in the destruction, and a basic belief that only non-violent solutions and justice can bring a lasting peace. I also think bombing ISIS is strategically very rash. I was strongly opposed to the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. We have seen the disaster and ongoing conflicts and destruction of anything that can be called civil society that bombing Iraq and Afghanistan have led to. I believe that joining the French in retaliatory bombing of ISIS will lead to more civilian deaths and suffering in Syria, it will be recruiting propaganda for young Muslims here in the UK, and damage our community relations. It will also lead to putting UK citizens at risk from retaliatory attacks from terrorists in the UK. It will push back any humanitarian response to the refugee crisis and take the focus off the impetus to work together for a just and effective climate treaty.
I agree that ISIS is a threat to lives and human rights and needs to be stopped, but wonder if the non violent ways have been explored. Maybe it is possible to find out which countries are funding ISIS? I think Saudi Arabia may be involved? Also which countries are buying the oil ISIS is selling from territories in Northern Iraq? Turkey has been mentioned.
I think the main beneficiary of this dreadful state of affairs is the arms trade.
I look forward to hearing your response and to know whether you are able to support Jeremy Corbyn and a non violent pathway to peace and justice in the Middle East.