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How my prime minister created a Terrorist Sympathiser 

I was sat on the fence.

Despite the memes and posts and righteous indignation from my left-leaning friends, I was truly willing to be convinced that, despite my better judgement, we couldn’t possibly be bombing the shit out of Syria motivated by a combination of blood-thirst, hubris and political opportunism. There had to be a genuine strategic reason why this government would plunge our men and women – and our taxes – into further endless carnage. Again. There must be a way that, by uniting with our allies and delivering a deliberate, defining, destabilising blow, we can crush the extremists in the middle east that have lain the world to their terror and thrall for as long as any of us can remember.

Then yesterday afternoon David Cameron told anyone that wanted to take five minutes to consider this course of action, that suggested to talk it out before pressing the red button, that posited that perhaps cooler heads may prevail considering the chequered political outcomes of our military’s involvement in global disputes of the last fifteen years, that they were “terrorist sympathisers”. In broad daylight.

We’re talking untold numbers of dead humans, austerity-stretching financial outlay, cataclysmic global destabilisation, and babies burning in their cots, and he reduces it to a hysterical, Orwellian soundbite. A statement thrown with cynicism and cowardice, serving only to galvanise cheers across the amphitheater of his latest parochial political grudge match, rather than assuage or address the genuine concern of a confused, tired, and fucking frightened, nation.

I was wrong to be sat on the fence.

Fuck this fence. Fuck this guy. Fuck this government. Fuck this war.

‪#‎terroristsympathiser‬

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