Despite little chance of influencing the corridors of power, I wrote to my local parliamentary representative to try to appeal for restraint regarding an attack on Syria.
Thursday 12 April 2018
Dear Matt Warman, with regards to the recent threat of attacks on the sovereign state of Syria, I write to you appealing for restraint and the opportunity for the elected members of parliament to be given a vote regarding this important issue. As you’ll be aware, David Cameron, when he was leader, did just that and parliament rejected the proposal.
We would all agree that the use of chemical weapons is a heinous crime and should be punished by the International community. The US, UK and France are not the International community, just a small part of it.
Given the the time for a proper investigation of the claims, the consensus to sanction or punish Assad, if indeed he did use chemical weapons would be almost unanimous amongst members of the UN. Currently, we do not possess any verifiable evidence to support the rebel claims in Douma, Syria. Assad forces had no strategic gain from using chemical weapons, which brings me to the source of the allegations.
The reason that Jaish al-Islam are the last pocket in Eastern Ghouta is because they are unable to find anywhere to go. So despised by other rebels for their extreme views, even amongst illegal militant groups, of which they are one, the ‘Army of Islam’ are unable to relocate to Idlib, for example. This particular group have been widely accused of using chemical weapons themselves and have been responsible for kidnapping thousands of Syrian Alawite minorities, of which only a hundred have recently been freed into the safety of government troops. The rest are feared dead.
It is with the lack of credibility in this extremist group that I implore you to request a parliamentary vote for the house and at least wait until there has been sufficient time to investigate this alleged crime.
As I type this, it is becoming apparent that terrorist groups are congregating in perceived weak areas of Syrian government control to take advantage of any attack by the ‘coalition’ on Syrian forces. To be the air cover for such barbaric extremist groups would be a crime in itself and heap even more misery on the people of Syria, the overwhelming majority living under the protection of President Assad and the Syrian Arab Army.
It is for the innocent people of Syria, who have suffered so much already that I write to you. A coalition bombing campaign can do nothing but magnify the destruction and death they are already surrounded by.
Thank you Mr Warman.
Unfortunately, Mr Warman’s government didn’t give the opportunity for the OPCW to book into a Damascus hotel, never mind investigate the suspected atrocity. So if you read this Mr Warman, no need to respond, the RAF spoke on your behalf.