Sunday, 10 March 2013
Peter Hitchens writes:
Two years ago, Syria was an imperfect but reasonably happy place. Most people got on with their neighbours, went to work, raised their children and – almost uniquely in the Middle East – there was harmony among rival religious groups.
Now it is a war-ravaged hell, in which blameless people have been bankrupted, had their homes destroyed and been forced to become refugees. The red-eyed monster of religious hatred has been awakened and stalks the streets and villages doing dreadful crimes, which will of course be avenged with new crimes.
We, that is to say the British Government, helped to achieve this filthy thing. I suspect we did it because we expect some sort of favours in return from the fanatical despots who run Saudi Arabia, and who hate the Damascus government for being the wrong sort of Muslims.
Now the abject William Hague plans to make it even worse by stepping up our supplies to the rebels. Mr Hague’s pitiful performance in government is so hard to bear precisely because he is an intelligent and informed person who ought to know better.
But once again, are there no MPs willing to defy the official line, to say that, however bad the Assad government may be, war and chaos are worse for the Syrian people, and that we cannot possibly claim to be the friends of freedom in the Arab world if we ally ourselves with the Saudis?
Speak now, please, before it grows any worse.
Here's to a Commons vote immediately.