Ed Milliband’s brave decision to abstain in the warmongering vote todaywould have seen the government fail to reach the majority it needs to enter another war on flimsy or non existent grounds. So today they’re debating it, pending a UN resolution.
There seems to be no public outpouring of support for this proposed conflict and if you want a really great primer on the situation, the Independent’s Robert Fisk’s piece here is a great read. He is one of the most respected and knowledgeable Middle East correspondents alive and frankly what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing.
It’s blooming complicated in the Middle East, and it’s nothing a few cruise missiles fired from the Med will sort out, as this graphic explains:
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If you’ve got older teens, I’d recommend pointing them at this editorial from the as usual excellent Vice on the reasons we shouldn’t go to war. Assuming of course you think we shouldn’t go to another pointless war for entirely the wrong reasons.