The Syrian conflict has echoes of Herod slaughtering the innocents, claims the Chair of the Union of Welsh Independents’ Peace Network. At least 30,000 children have already been killed in the fighting, said the Revd Guto Prys ap Gwynfor. “As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace it’s tragic that Britain should consider adding to the slaughter by joining the conflict,” he said.
“It’s claimed the action is necessary in order to defend the United Kingdom. Herod perceived a similar threat to his kingdom after the birth of Jesus. He considered his action in killing the children of Bethlehem as “the right” thing to do under the circumstances. Today, his action is viewed as being exceedingly cruel and unjust.
“According to the respected human rights organisation I Am Syria, at least 30,000 children have been killed in the conflict. Aerial bombing cannot differentiate between an ISIL gunman and an innocent child or other civilians.
“We appeal for MPs to show restraint and compassion by voting against the motion to join in the bombing of Syria. It would only bring more death and suffering to innocent civilians over Christmas and drive even more people from their homes as refugees.