Wednesday, 2 December 2015

ISIS, Syria, Iraq and Other Assorted Issues

We once more find ourselves upon the brink. A debate is taking place in the House of Commons today, and there will be a vote tonight, on whether to authorise military operations against the Islamic State terrorist organisation in Syria. Note, we are already engaged in military operations against them in Iraq.

My opinion on this is that we should bomb the fuck out of them. Here's why:

  1. ISIS are a despicable bunch of fascist pigs. They behead civilian prisoners, throw homosexuals off buildings, stone rape victims, sexually enslave women and children and engage in mass murder the likes of which the world has not seen on this scale since the 1940s. They are our enemy, and the enemy of anyone who stands for decency, freedom and the rule of law;
  2. They are ideologically opposed to our existence. Their stated aim is to establish a global caliphate, a theological Islamic dictatorship where all other religions are prohibited, and society is policed according to their fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran. They are actively seeking to destroy the United Kingdom and our allies;
  3. They have already attacked France. The despicable murder of over 130 innocent people in Paris shows just what these medieval thugs are capable of, and the depths to which they will stoop. France is our closest military ally and has stood with us in both World Wars. They have requested our assistance, and we should not abandon our friends when they need us;
  4. We are already engaged in military action against them in Iraq, but due to our observance of an artificial, obsolete and irrelevant border, we cannot attack them in Syria. To imply that we will somehow provoke an attack by engaging them in Syria is ludicrous. We're either already provoking them, or they need no such provocation, because they're murdering bastards;
  5. We bring something to the party. The RAF is one of the best air forces in the world, and our precision weapons, including drones and targeted missiles, can cause considerable damage to specific targets whilst minimising loss of innocent lives. We will be able to contribute to the military campaign significantly, and hopefully help to tip the scales against them;
  6. They cannot be negotiated or bargained with. They are fundamentalist, totalitarian, fascist extremists. They are morally indistinguishable from the Nazis. I hate to invoke Godwin's Law, but in this case, it is justified. There's no reasoning with these fuckers. They are hateful, vicious, nihilistic bastards, and the sooner they are put in the ground, the better off we'll be;
  7. They have already advanced significantly beyond a mere terrorist group. They control vast swathes of territory in both Iraq and Syria. They have their own flag and government, they are issuing their own currency. Whether we like it or not, they are making their dream of an Islamic State a reality. And it is now time to shatter that reality.
Is military action the panacea solution? Of course not - ultimately, a political solution will have to be hammered out in the Middle East. But I'm damn sure that ISIS are not part of that solution - they're part of the problem. They need getting rid of first, and once the dust has settled, then the talks can begin.

Will this lead to mission creep and boots on the ground? Most likely, yes. We - and other Western powers, and probably Russia as well - will probably have to occupy Syria and Iraq for an extended period of time, most likely decades, to see this through. Once we have deprived them of territory and resources and destroyed their training bases then we will be safer.

Is this the only front we'll have to fight on? No - ISIS are pernicious in how they spread their vile ideology, and it needs confronting at home as well as abroad. We'll have to become, by necessity, censorious of them - closing down their websites, social media accounts, propaganda outlets, and prosecute people who advocate and support them.

Will it lead to innocent civilian casualties? Most likely - some loss of innocent life will be unavoidable. But when it comes to decisions of war and peace, we must weigh these in the balance. More people WILL die if we do nothing. Our way of life, our very civilisation, is threatened by this fundamentalist ideological cancer, and like that vile pestilence, they are spreading. The only solution is to blast them, and cut them out.

The road will be long and bloody. Many people will die before this is done. But ultimately, we are faced with a choice - do we tolerate evil, or do we confront and destroy it? The dark spectre of fascism has once more reared its head. We know that there is only one response to it. We must, on behalf of our children, and our children's children, pitch ourselves against this vile force and destroy it utterly, lest the world be plunged back into a dark age of despotism, brutality and superstition which should have been consigned to history centuries ago.

Enough is enough. Kill the fuckers.