By Ben Myring
David Cameron’s dormant plans to expand British bombing to Syria have been jolted back into life by the Paris attacks, but he faces the same problems he had before – namely, a small group of rebellious Tories and the implacable resistance of Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour leader insists that “bombing solves nothing” and wants no further action without a wider peace plan. Morally, he’s wrong. Just ask the Kurds, whose secular and relatively democratic statelets would have been overrun if it wasn’t for Western airpower. Yet Corbyn is correct to say that a broader strategy is needed to end the conflict, and right to insist that all parties save Isis must be brought to the table. What he may not have realised is that this strategy quickly takes us to some very difficult moral areas, such as the partition - or at least segregation - of Syria and Iraq along ethno-religious lines.
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