Thursday, 26 November 2015

To Kill Or Not To Kill?

Today David Cameron is taking a step forward in his determination to strike at the heart of the organisation calling itself "Islamic State".

He has made clear his intention to bomb them out of existence.

He has some support and quite a lot of opposition to this course of action.

Those who support him believe that this will end the threat to the rest of the world posed by this extremist fundamentalist group whose doctrine of hate has been clearly demonstrated by the events in Paris a couple of weeks ago.

I have no expertise in military matters but, like most people I do have opinions, and a political and ethical view of such strategies.

Many people are torn between seeking a violent revengeful solution and wanting some other way of ending this frankly terrifying threat.

My own view is absolutely unequivocal, I do not believe in killing.  Nor am I naive enough to believe that a peaceful solution could ever be found.

What I don't understand is why, if 'they' the Governments of all the countries prepared to bomb the
terrorists, know where to  find them, are satisfied that their target is accurate, and think that bombing will put an end to the threat, they cannot find a means of isolating the terrorists.  That done, the brilliant technology available should be able to remove all means of communication from them.
Once separated from all outside contact they would then in effect, be under siege, and, as in times gone by could then be 'starved' of all their support.

Game set and match!

Well it is at least a different way of tackling what threatens to be one of the greatest evils of this century.

Evil feeds on contact and support.  Take that away and it will eventually wither and die.

Naive?  Probably.
Simplistic?  Certainly.

Possible?   Maybe.


  1. Brilliant thought Ray....I suspect it might even be possible....I vere from wanting them gone and knowing that killing is wrong....but if we could cut off their internet ....... Wifi castration might be the ultimate answer though suspect someone somewhere has thought of it!

  2. It only needs enough people to think the same way and who knows what might be achieved.
    Sadly I suspect the wolves will win the argument and Cameron and co will once more wade in mob-handed, and more innocent people will die,

  3. Ray I have quoted your blog this morning. I hope that's alright with you....if you are not happy with that I'll remove it of course....but it was a good idea!

  4. Perfectly happy Jean. Anything I blog is for public consumption. Warts and all:-)

  5. More power to your peaceful arm Ray.They bombed us in but can't bomb us out

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  7. Blessed be the peacemakers Freda

  8. Yes, blessed be the peacemakers. We have to continue to ask the question rather than follow the mob, even if it seems futile.

    1. My thinking also Penny. What are we worth if we cannot stand up an be counted.

  9. Well said, Ray. Even if I were in favvour (which I'm not) I just can't see how our few planes will make a difference, given how many bombing raids have already been carried out and yet ISIS is still there. There has to be a much more comprehensive plan, which could include the kind of isolation you suggest. It's an almighty mess and I'm very much afraid it's going to get even worse. :(

  10. Sadly Perpetua you are almost certainly right. Lateral thinking is not a conspicuous quality of many world powers, and in this particular case something totally different is called for.

  11. And good common sense, Ray, and this on a day when Parliament looks set to take the decision to go ahead with the bombing. My fear is an escalation and a long drawn out war with too many factions on either side. Sorry to be so negative.

  12. I greatly fear that the voice of reason will be shouted down once again and we will yet again be dragged into indiscriminate violence against an already suffering nation. Whether it will make any difference to the IS domination in that area is unlikely.
    God help us all.