Why The ‘Don’t Bomb Syria’ Protest May Sadly Be A Waste Of Time
The protest before Iraq was ignored, too.
As expected, anti-war demonstrations took place this weekend, as the vote on defeating Syria and ISIS nears. But the fact is, the people who are completely right to be protesting have only wasted their time. As with the Iraq war protests, this one has unfortunately fallen on deaf ears.
The Government have given the public and, indeed, the Labour Party an ultimatum of sorts. The only real offer on the table is “Do we take action in the form of airstrikes over ISIS”. Unsurprisingly this has caused splits in the divisions of Labour and has split the general public into two sides.
However straight the action against ISIS has to be, the offer is really lacking a second option. Due to this, thousands took to the streets of London to protest, and rightly so. But this isn’t the first time this has happened, is it. The unwanted and allegedly illegal Iraq War had much the same fervour about it too. The Tories insist that the lessons have been learnt from Iraq, but what’s interesting is that they really haven’t with such an ambiguous and one-dimensional proposal put forward.
Cameron himself knows that staging this vote in itself is a risk to him, but in the stubbornness of a strained Conservative government he’s still going to go for it. Of course the Syrian civilians of the UK don’t want it, particularly the refugees who have had to flee the country. One even told The Mirror, “I would like ISIS to be defeated but air strikes are not the answer.”
Now thousands of UK citizens have protested and it probably won’t matter in the long run as Cameron pushes for the vote. A ‘Stop The War’ organiser told the demonstrators “We are very much opposed to David Cameron's plans to have a vote in Parliament to bomb Syria. The bombing has already been going on for more than a year by other forces.”
Unfortunately, as strong as the case is that the demonstrators and in fact, the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have, the last time such demonstrations took place, the country went to war for around 10 years. Ironically, the people who are working on behalf of the general public were sat outside Downing Street, whilst their foes sat inside of it.