Don’t Cheer the Russian Bombs

Some times it gets confusing distinguishing the genuine peace activists, especially when they start applauding violence. Yet there is a growing view that the Russians bombing the hell out of Syria is going to make things better.

The arguments are just as confusing, things like Western intervention makes things worse (ergo Russians will do better, ermm), we’re just letting ISIS win and stuff like that. The idea that dropping bombs on the utter chaos that is Syria will make things better or defeat ISIS seems to me completely misguided.

After all, ISIS thrives in the sort of war torn chaos that wide spread bombing causes. They receive a ready supply of martyrs to be every time some innocent civilian is killed from their family, friends and bystanders. Not to mention the damage that is caused to infrastructure, dragging back Syria to the stone age is only going to suit one side of this battle and that’s ISIS who are happiest living there.

The problem too, is that there’s no such thing as a good bomb, you know the sort that lands neatly on the baddies head whilst not damaging anything else. We’ve seen the damage that super accurate, laser guided missiles can do when they go astray (which they do frequently). The idea that the heavy duty, carpet bombing style tactics favored by the Russians is going to minimize collateral damage is simply insane.

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The bombs will inspire the fanatics and bring misery to the innocent. the bombs will ensure a steady supply of jihadists with yet another enemy to rally against. You only have to watch the BBC news and documentaries, try this method if you can’t access, to see that violence only fuels the religious hatred of such zealots.

What is required in Syria is a peace process, something for ordinary civilians to rally around and give them hope. Syrians need a de-escalation in conflict, negotiations, arms embargo – it’s not an easy solution but it’s the only route to true peace. Bombs never solve anything in chaotic situations like Syria, they simply give the warmongers and excuse to carry on killing.

John Hallows
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