Answer to Syria conflict will not be found in missiles
AS I write, one issue understandably dominates the media headlines (apart from football transfer fees), and that is the fierce debate surrounding the use of chemical weapons in the Syria conflict.
While I am sure that there is much more to this issue than I can possibly know, I am sure that the use of such weapons by anyone is absolutely unacceptable.
However, I am thankful that our MPs, after careful consideration, have decided to reject military intervention as a way of addressing the problem. To me, it seems that any answer is to not to be found in missiles and bombs which could only bring further deaths of innocent people.
As a Christian, I believe that the actions of politicians must be aimed at seeking reconciliation, and our prayer should be that all peaceful means will be used to bring the different factions involved in this conflict together in negotiations to seek a future which will be good for all parties – however difficult that task might be.
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But there is another issue related to the conflict – the millions of suffering people who have fled from their homes, many of whom are now living in desperate poverty. I realise I will be told the two are not related, but in the context of their plight the sums of money spent on buying football players seem out of place.
The humanitarian needs of Syrian (and other) refugees, and those of their hosts, must be a priority for our actions as well as our prayers.