Hilary Benn said this tonight:
“They hold our values in contempt. They hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt. They hold our democracy, the means by which we will make our decision tonight, in contempt.”
Shame that the MP’s who supposedly ‘represented the electorate’ on the #SyriaVote don’t hold the majority public’s belief, tolerance and decency not to bomb Syria from the air.
Oh, and then it comes down to our democracy. The voice of the people, the electorate and it’s brothers and sisters who aren’t able to vote yet. They (and we who vote) make decisions for our future that will potentially kill them sooner than expected, make them jobless before their time, send them to unjust wars when they need not to be fought and ultimately SET THEM UP TO FAIL.
This vote on Syria isn’t the first and it won’t be the last – but it is a key decision made in the face of the world that is on social media. It isn’t about just the electorate who can vote, it’s about the opinion on social media where it’s not as controlled like state-run organisations which have political, money and religious ties.
Members of the public, young people included, have spoken out many a time about not going to war, reforming tax credits and the outcome of General Elections. But not always listened too by the Powerhouse of Representatives AKA Member’s of Parliament.
This vote on Air Strikes on Syria is a theoretical step in the right direction to defeat ‘Deash’, but in reality isn’t going to stop them without committing so many innocent murders and millions of pounds of damage.
Democracy is a tough thing – there’s always different sides of the arguments but we all unite in one thing: To make the right decision for the benefit of the present AND future. We cannot always make decisions which suit us in the short term, but set us back further down the line.
I am disgusted that by tomorrow night at least 1 innocent resident of Syria will have died because of the 397 MP’s saying yes tonight. The target is of cause the evil, but that is impossible. There will be innocent deaths, and this should be remembered more than the ‘success’ that Government and other states want.
My stance on armed/violent conflict:
“A child in the playground is innocent to the bullying that is happening next to them. But that child should not just stand there, they should intervene in the most humane way possible. That is not to fight physically”.
I urge all people, regardless of political or religious leanings, to pray for the people in Syria and Iraq who won’t wake up tomorrow or will wake up, but to the charred remains of their friends, relatives and neighbours next to them. It is a disgusting and horrible vision that not many of us thankfully will ever see in our life.
It’s time for us to go to sleep for another night and this out of ANY night, NOT take for granted that we can wake up tomorrow with 99% chance of not being attacked by a Country who thought it was a sensible idea to fill the skies with planes and the ground with missiles because of the minority of a few.
Good night Facebook friends, family and acquaintances and we will see each other tomorrow. I beg you sweet dreams but tonight, my heart is with you, Syria.
(Taken from my Facebook, see the status here: https://www.facebook.com)