Peace Researchers Urge Caution over Bombing in Syria.
Kevin Clements, Feargal Cochrane, Hugh Miall.
The attacks in Paris on the 13 November have provided an emotional justification for deeper military intervention in Syria by the French and UK governments. As peace researchers, however, we urge caution, prudence and reflection, before authorising more extensive military engagement. The Middle East has already suffered 14 years of military intervention with little positive to show for it. The challenge facing us, now, is how to develop creative, plausible and non-violent alternatives to the current cycle of violence.
The critical and under explored questions about a new intervention in Syria are: is it justified? Will it work to weaken ISIS? And what are the likely consequences for both Syria and the UK when the bombing stops?
Past answers to these questions ended badly in Afghanistan, Iraq (twice) and Libya. We should reflect before making…
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