Letter to my MP: Please vote against the UK taking military action


Bombing will solve nothing. It will kill innocents and make the rich richer.

[Update:  See the excellent response I received from my MP in the comments section below.]

I just sent the following to my MP. If you wish to take similar action, you can find out how to contact him/her here: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/.

Dear ____

I urge you, as my MP, to vote against the UK taking military action against IS. I also urge you to read this MediaLens article on the issue: “The Purpose And The Pretence – Bombing Isis“.

There is no reason to believe that IS is any worse than other forces in the area and, in any case, it is highly unlikely that airstrikes would resolve anything. The only certain outcomes of the UK’s participation would be further civilian deaths and the transfer of public wealth into private hands (through the arms industry, at the very least). A likely outcome would be the generation of further so-called “terrorism”. (In reality, as I hope you will acknowledge, “terrorists” are simply our enemies du jour; to many we are the “terrorists”.

I would also suggest that you might like to refresh your memory of George Orwell’s 1984. The parallels with the present-day UK are striking. I shall not insult your intelligence by pointing them out for you.

Thak you for considering this. I look forward to your response.

Best wishes

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1 Response to Letter to my MP: Please vote against the UK taking military action

  1. biowrite says:

    Here’s how my MP responded:

    Thank you for writing to me regarding the vote in Parliament regarding possible air strikes in Iraq. I can tell you that at the end of the debate I voted against the proposal for the UK to take part in this action.

    The choice before Parliament last week as to whether or not to support UK participation in air strikes on ISIL in Iraq was difficult. There is no doubt that ISIL is a murderous organisation which has caused the deaths of thousands and made many more refugees, from many communities in the region. They must be stopped, and for that reason I was originally supportive of the motion calling for UK intervention including possible airstrikes.

    However, during the course of the debate in Parliament, I grew increasingly concerned that the UK would be drawn into a much longer and more extensive campaign than appeared to be the case at first, and that the government had no clear political and military strategy for the objectives of such a campaign. That in itself made it much more likely that a campaign of airstrikes would be seen by many in the region as yet another unwanted intervention by Western powers, particularly when accompanied by the civilian casualties that would inevitably arise in such a campaign, no matter how ‘smartly’ targeted.

    The course of the debate confirmed me in the view that it is the countries and peoples of the region who must take the lead in tackling ISIL and other extremist groups. That action needs not just to be military, but logistical (including the cutting of the supply of funds to such groups), and above all political. The international community should be prepared to support that action, but the history of Western-led interventions in the region over the decades has not been a happy one. We should learn from that history and recognise that an approach to conflict in the Middle East that is based upon repeated instances of Western-led military intervention does not provide the basis for long term peace and security. The UK and other Western powers must work to back an international peace and security initiative, involving all major regional players rather than a repeated cycle of ‘intervention-withdrawal-intervention’. For these reasons, I decided to vote against the motion at the end of the debate.

    Thank you again for writing to me on this important issue.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Mark Lazarowicz
    MP for Edinburgh North & Leith
    For more information about my work in Parliament and in our local community, visit http://www.marklazarowicz.org.uk

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