The Paris attacks

OK. Deep breath. Here goes.

Evil, murderous fascists.

There. I said it. Or wrote it. I wrote what I am really feeling about the perpetrators of the Paris attacks but shouldn’t really say.

Politicians should not get emotionally involved. Decisions should be taken based on evidence and long term strategy, not short term outrage and emotion. I certainly don’t want our foreign policy to be twisted by the actions of terrorists, because that means they are winning.

But sometimes you just have to say it as you feel it. And the attacks in Paris by so-called “Islamic State” terrorists have roused horror and fury in me and, I suspect, most decent people across the world.

IS are not Islamic and not a state. They are a fundamentalist, totalitarian and fascist organisation that seeks by violence to impose a totalitarian system devoid of humanity and devoid of freedom.

And all in the name of one of the world’s great religions that values brotherhood and humanitarianism as central themes.

IS must be defeated. There can be no negotiation with them. There is no common ground with IS. It remains a threat and what happened in Paris could just as easily happen in the UK or any democracy so hated by these fascists.

I am still not convinced that the UK bombing Syria is the answer and I am clear that there remains no public appetite at present for a ground war involving UK troops. Syria is entangled in a civil war, with five or six different warring factions and a leader, Bashar El-Assad, whom the UK wants rid of too, but who is a puppet of Russia’s President Putin and therefore protected by him. So we will have to deal with Putin to find common ground before we can take action.

The defeat of IS must be a truly international effort. It can’t just be left to NATO. Arab states must play a leading role too. And as well as a military defeat, we must defeat it ideologically too.

I cannot understand how people who grew up in this wonderful country of ours, can grow to hate it so much. But this is happening and we must press ahead with anti-radicalisation programmes.

We can have all the political arguments we like, but these terrorist atrocities will unite us in a way that IS will simply never understand. It is not going to be easy or quick, but we must emerge victorious from this dreadful struggle that we did not ask for. 

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  • commented 2017-11-17 05:51:18 +0000
    Great blog written by Joseph Charman because your selection of words is quite impressive and i really love your writing idea. You convey your message in a very easy way.
  • commented 2015-11-29 21:53:13 +0000
    Just ask yourself whether these ISIS people were born evil or if they have become twisted through susceptibility to an extreme ideology. Then ask yourself whether their susceptibility can be anything to do with desperation, unfairness or repression of their humanity. As tough as life is in the UK, we enjoy the top few % of any measure of wealth worldwide, and our standard of living is very dependent on resources from the Middle East.
    For decades we have propped up repressive regimes and sold arms to dictators in order to maintain a status quo and the flow of oil. Yes, we do need defence from those who have been radicalised. But put yourself info the place of a desperate, scared and hungry Syrian, whose only wish is for security and stability for their family. If all they see from the West is Reaper drones, Hellfire missiles and press vitriol, their enemy’s enemy may just become a flag of convenience, as distasteful as ISIS may be to them. If we offer them something better – we may just get better in return?
  • commented 2015-11-27 13:23:42 +0000
    I totally agree with your sentiments, its a shame that your leader choses not to, we need a joined up action against IS and a start would be by bombing them, this I think wil not destroy the infrastucture but will cut off arms and financial benefits. Once funds satrt to dry up the whole thing will lose momentum.