Beheading an aid worker in Syria by the Islamic State or anyone else is a terrible thing and should not have happened.
Killing between half a million and a million people in a war against Iraq was a terrible thing and should not have happened. Lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to start that war was a terrible thing too. Invading Afghanistan and trashing the whole country to capture one man was also a terrible thing. Destabilising the whole region is a terrible thing and could have immense consequences.
Should we engage in a new war against the Islamic State. Wow, what a choice? Are we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t?
Do the Muslim nations want to join a US war against Muslims?
Could it destabilise Pakistan? It may be too late.
Could it destabilise Kashmir and India? Kashmir is already pretty bad.
Could it destabilise the Islamic provinces of China? Perhaps it already has.
Could it destabilise Central Asia? Possibly.
Could it destabilise the Arabian Peninsula? Probably.
Could it destabilise the Middle East? Most likely.
Do we need another killing frenzy?
These wars seem to be one of the most effective ways of encouraging terrorism, and we can be sure there will be far more refugees, but we seem to keep making it worse!
Is this what America wants?
Is this what Europe wants?
Is this what Israel wants?
Is this what the Arab nations want?
Is this what the oil industry wants?
Is this what the arms industry wants?
When a war on terror becomes a war on nations and humanity, whose interest does it serve? If we had a Department of Peace, what would it advise?
Michael Weatherhead, Mullumbimby