AS MUCH as we may deplore it, Syria’s conflict is a civil war and not one Australia should be dragged into by politicians strutting the world stage and wanting to beat a war drum to America’s tune. Death by gas is a terrible way to die, no doubt about that, but by the same token, so is the death and suffering caused by an atom bomb, so let’s not equivocate too much on which is the most dreadful way to die.
Syria’s civil conflict has gone on for two years and has cost one hundred thousand lives. These people were killed by so called convential means, to hear of forty or fifty blown up by a bomb is a weekly event, men, women, and children are killed. Dozens of others are mutilated. Nothing convential about that either, but just as shocking to see yet, there is no call to outlaw bombing.
Every major country in the world would have, along with the atom bombs, supplies of lethal gas well tucked away, a frightening thought indeed.
We must not let Australian troops be committed to another useless war so some politician can stand tall at UNESCO and bask in the limelight.
War is a vortex the faster it grows, the more are drawn into it, with terrible results for all. There really are no winners, unless of course it’s the politicians who make damn sure they are never near the firing line.
During World War II, I spent a couple of weeks in Rosemount hospital in Brisbane and saw some of the terrible turns from mustard gas on some of the old chaps from World War I. I have never forgotten that. John N Tyree WILSON BEACH