LETTER: When it’s right to fight back

While on holiday in Eastbourne over the Christmas period I was interested to read the letter from 14-year-old George Kyprianou-Hickman. While all decent people will understand his well-meaning sentiments I think that it is necessary to answer the points he makes.

This is particularly valid as he is writing as a member of the Youth Parliament and must expect that others will genuinely disagree with the policies he advocates.

The UK and its allies are not taking action in Syria because of some innate love of warfare, or from a desire to conquer others, but because the evil murderers of Daesh must be stopped in their campaign to enslave and kill in the name of a twisted version of Islam. Churchill himself said that it was better to talk than to fight but he knew that, at some times, and facing some enemies, it is necessary to use force, unless one is prepared to surrender completely to the demands of the adversary. It would not have been possible to prevent a Nazi conquest of the world except by taking up arms against Hitler and the child-crucifying murderers of Daesh, who hate us for what we are, and for the values in which we believe, cannot be stopped except by force.

It is unjust to imply that our fighter pilots are going on missions to attack innocent civilians as the intention is not, as Mr Kyprianou-Hickman seems to believe, to bomb Syrian homes, but rather to destroy military targets and thereby the ability of Daesh to continue to oppress women, murder children, most of whom are Muslim, and to prevent them plunging the Middle East into a massive sectarian war. His statement that one cannot fight fire with fire is incorrect, as has been demonstrated many times in the past, and when he is older perhaps he will come to realise the truth of the statement that ‘The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing’.

Colin Bullen

Douglas Road, Tonbridge

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