A letter to Jeremy Corbyn — should we start a bombing campaign in Syria?

Jeremy Corbyn has asked the British public their views on whether we should start a bombing campaign in Syria. This new form of inclusive democracy now being adopted by the Labour party is a potentially powerful thing. This is the response that I gave with three of my friends. Thanks for reading.

I’m sitting having breakfast with my friends. We spent last night talking it over and decided to sleep on our thoughts of what we’d say to you. This is what we think.

We all absolutely think that we should NOT start a bombing campaign. Previous bombing campaigns have only served to destabilise the security of people in the affected countries, and have undermined British security.

Bombing will not eradicate Daech. Daech’s stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, has been colonised by the Daech invaders, who are now so thoroughly embedded in the city that attempts to wipe them out using an aerial campaign will mostly kill the very people they are oppressing and abusing. Yesterday for instance, a bomb in Raqqa killed a group of schoolchildren.

We totally stand with France and the French people and want to put an end to Daech’s ideology of hatred. But we believe that other methods should be used.

We want you to put pressure on David Cameron and his government to join with other governments and non-governmental groups to hit Daech by targeting their business interests, making it impossible for them to arm themselves, and hacking into and otherwise eradicating their internet sites.

We need more nuanced, collaborative ways to solve this global tragedy. One way to do this is to bring experts from differing backgrounds to solve this together — for example through civic hackathons and ‘collaborative making’ events. These could include historians, designers, coders, military experts and creative thinkers from all walks of life.

There are things that we in Europe can do to address the recruitment of young people into Daech. Social exclusion and unemployment are clearly part of the problem. If these young people are made to feel that they are not fully accepted members of the countries in which they are growing up, they are obviously more susceptible to radicalisation. Long-term work needs to be done by all of us in Britain, France, Belgium and elsewhere to address this, but in the short term we want you to send a very clear message of unity and anti-racism and urge our French and Belgian friends to do the same.

Your supporters.

Kate, Susan, Angus and Jon.

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