Vote against strike on Syria
An open letter to Martin Caton and Geraint Davies MPs:
I am writing to you in the lead-up to parliament's emergency debate on Syria.
I know I speak for thousands of others when I ask you to cast your votes against any military strike on Syria. Obviously, we're all concerned about the use of nerve gas in an escalating civil war. All the more so, because the conflict threatens to extend across the Middle East.
If only a some sort of quick, clean strike could prevent all this, but that — as we should know by now — is the most dangerous illusion of all.
We should not take military action without firm evidence and UN approval.
Missile strikes are a most unreliable way of preventing gas attacks.
Allied intelligence on the Middle East is, as we know from Iraq, also unreliable.
While Assad's government forces may have known stocks of gas and delivery systems, it is possible that some have already fallen into rebel hands and been used by them.
If the Assad regime is weakened or brought down, there is no means of ensuring that the forces taking its place will be any more scrupulous or humane.
The Paddock, West Cross, Swansea