I realise that I’ve been neglecting this blog recently. In fact, I’ve been neglecting politics recently.
I feel that it has become so contradictory with the current crisis in Syria that I, similarly to others in the general public, have no idea who to believe or what to think about this humanitarian crisis- and so, I just have stepped back away from it.
Certainly the footage, seemingly of the effects of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, is disturbing and compels me to want to prevent an attack of this sort happening again. However the shadow of the Iraq War hangs over this situation and bodes the question as to whether we should learn from our mistakes or follow our hearts.
Emotive events such as this always seem to evoke greater responses from the public. (Hence the protests that have already taken place in London and will continue to do so). There are the humanitarian- sympathisers who are keen to send aid to Syria, take in refugees and arm the rebels. On the other hand, there are those who question why it is always Britain who must intervene. Why not Germany, with it’s booming economy and arguably a larger political influence over European countries?
For someone who was too young to follow the Iraq War back in 2003, I have yet to witness such a divide in global politics. Despite initially being put- off by this disagreement, I am now interested to see how this event will pan out.
This country will be absolutely resolute in its stand against extremism and terror. This action was a betrayal of Islam and the Muslim communities that give so much to our country. We will defeat violent extremism by standing together. We will not rest until we know every detail. [The attackers told Ingrid Loyau-Kennett that] they wanted to start a war in London and she replied, “You are going to lose, it is you against many.” She speaks for all of us.
- David Cameron, Woolwich Statement