An important moment for British parliamentary democracy

Free Syrian Army rebel trying to save his friend's life.I have been appalled, confused and dumbfounded by the Syrian situation, like many people.

The British parliament did a superb job today in articulating the doubt about military action and ultimately voting against it.

This has helped me to conclude that they are right.

Chucking in a few Cruise missiles, or even hundreds of missiles, is not going save a single life. Indeed, it would probably kill lots more people, none of them called “Assad”.

Over 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. A few hundred people are killed by gas. It doesn’t make an argument for a mad throw of the dice.

I’m afraid the best the world outside Syria can do is to provide humanitarian help and diplomatic effort as best we can. …And pray for a speedy political solution.

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