MP Swinson urged: don’t back military strikes on Syria

Anti War Protesters  Neil Scott & Angus Clark hand in a letter of Protest to MP Jo Swinson's office at Bearsden Cross.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Wednesday 28th Aug 2013.

Anti War Protesters Neil Scott & Angus Clark hand in a letter of Protest to MP Jo Swinson's office at Bearsden Cross.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Wednesday 28th Aug 2013.

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Anti-war activists handed a letter to East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson urging her not to back military strikes on Syria.

The UK parliament is debating whether to sanction an attack against the Assad regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons in its long-running civil war.

Protestors Neil Scott and Angus Clark, members of the Campsie branch of the Scottish Socialist Party, handed their letter to Ms Swinson’s Bearsden constituency office on Wednesday.

It states: “We understand that Parliament is to be reconvened in order for the Prime Minister to put forward a case for intervention in the dreadful Syrian civil war.

“This comes on the back of the US and UK governments already supplying help to the opposition forces – forces that include groups that are linked with terrorism across the world.

“This is a war that has on both sides, what MP Paul Flynn has described as ‘evil fanatics’. He has warned that this civil war, with large economic powers at loggerheads supporting different outcomes, could very quickly escalate into a regional war and, dreadful to think, a world war.

The use of chemical weapons, and the TV images of this dreadful incident, is abhorrent. But this act of mass murder should not be used as a reason for military intervention that will only make living in that region much more dangerous.

“Military intervention will only displace millions more people and lead to many more people losing their lives.

“The interventions in the Middle East, and especially in strategic and resource rich countries, is reminiscent of the build up to the situations that led to the two world wars in the early twentieth century.

“After both world wars, the middle-east was carved up in the interests of the imperial powers – not of the people in the region.

“What happens in Syria in the coming weeks will have huge implications in countries, including ours, across the world as the world powers line up to carve out what the unrest in the Middle East allows them to.

“Western intervention never works, is always self-serving and always increases human suffering. This should be the lesson of history you take with you to the chamber.

“Please act with the evidence of history and please act with principle. We should not be backing war in this region.”