as suffering and tension escalate in the Middle East and around Europe further bombing in Syria as a response to the horrific Paris terror attacks is not the solution. It will not work and will only kill and wound more civilians, make many homeless thus creating more refugees, lead to further sectarian division, quite likely only strenghten Da’esh and create further hatred that will only perpetuate the cycle of violence and brutality.
Retired US Army General Mike Flynn has admitted that drone strikes have created more Islamist militants than they have killed and that they have indeed acted as the best recruitment Sergeant for Da'esh. It is not practically possible to direct attacks at solely at military targets as we have witnessed from the appalling bombings of wedding parties and hospitals in Afghanistan, Yemen and just this last week in Syria. An alternative to war and terror must be found.
All military intervention by outside powers must be opposed. There should be an immediate end to arms sales to the region and a ceasefire called with a view towards peace negotiations between all belligerents. The people of the Middle East must be left to choose their own leaders and allowed the capacity to deal with such a reactionary force as Da'esh.
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Fintan O’ Toole dismisses the notion that the Paris attacks are a “result of the US invasion of Iraq” yet acknowledges that “its subsequent interaction with the implosion of Syria are important factors in the attacks” (Opinion, 21 November). In justification of his claim he notes that 9/11 happened before the Iraq invasion and that there are many other “interlocking causes of the development of jihadist terrorism.”