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The arrogance of Prime Minister Cameron in wanting to take the UK into further military action in Syria (your report, 20 July) knows no bounds.

We now know that UK military personnel have already been involved in conducting air strikes in US-led bombing missions, without the approval of Parliament. Yet just two days after this he is determined to push for further action without first providing answers to our current involvement.

The House of Commons rejected bombing in Syria two years ago and the case for undertaking this has simply not been made. The involvement of British service personnel in bombing without the approval of Parliament therefore clearly flouts the democratic decision taken by the House.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon led a Commons debate on Syria only this month – before which he briefed the media about the likelihood of the UK bombing in Syria in the future – yet he didn’t say a word about UK military personnel already sent into action.

The government’s policy in this matter is entirely unacceptable – effectively overseeing a bombing campaign by stealth.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh

David Cameron’s attack on people who blame the rise of the Islamic State on the actions of the West can be likened to the fox accusing the chicken of discrimination for the annihilation in the chicken run.

Time will never change the fact that the illegal invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya was indefensible. The emergence of the Islamic State can be seen as a direct result of the West’s interference in these countries.

It was inevitable that the replacement of these countries’ leaderships with compliant, puppet regimes of the West would bring into existence some form of Islamic united front to right the wrongs of the past.

Whether it is called al-Qaeda, IS or any other label is irrelevant; what is important is that they can justifiably be regarded as a direct creation of the West’s geopolitical tactics and atrocities in these wretched countries.

If the political leaders of the West could not foresee this vacuum being filled, they must be either thick-headed morons or are themselves puppets of the West’s financial elitists.

Their latest tactic is to claim that the youth who join the likes of IS are being radicalised.

Some might substitute radicalisation with education.

If David Cameron must attack anyone, he ought to direct his offensive against the West’s political leaders of their respective periods; whether or not they 
were simply lackeys of faceless tycoons.

William Burns

Pennywell Road

Edinburgh

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