Should Britain Become Involved In Foreign Conflict?

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John F. Kennedy once said that "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind." These words were said years after two World Wars had torn apart our precious planet, and millions upon millions of human beings had lost their lives. Decades later, have we learned our lesson? No. In the 21st century, with the extremely valuable knowledge and hindsight we now possess, why is it that war is still seen as a reasonable solution to differing opinions and disagreements over religion, political viewpoints and social norms? It seems clear to me that alternative solutions to warfare must be found and so I firmly believe that Britain should not become involved in foreign conflict.
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It is estimated that 179 British men died whilst fighting in Iraq, and well over double that number - 445 British soldiers - died in the Afghanistan conflict. The countries in which Britain could intervene, such as Syria and Libya, could be very unpredictable for those fighting there and it is extremely important to remember that there are lives on the line: not only of the brave soldiers directly involved, but also of the innocent civilians that live in these war-torn conflict zones. In our constantly changing world, weapons are not only becoming more intelligent, they are also becoming more and more dangerous. The IED (Improvised Explosive Device) became extremely powerful towards the latter end of the Afghanistan conflict; in 2009 alone there were 7,228 IED attacks in Afghanistan and of the 512 foreign soldiers killed in the same year, 280 were killed by an IED. Overall, if Britain did become involved in a foreign conflict, there would be no guarantee of a safe return for anyone.

In addition, I simply believe that the idea of going to war is, at its very core, immoral. The thought of sending men over to a foreign country such as Syria ‘guns blazing’ is just wrong. The money spent on weapons and soldiers could instead be put to better use through humanitarian aid. This would allow us to help the Syrian people through providing them with medical support, food and water, without putting any of our own men at risk.

Some may argue that giving the Syrian rebels arms...

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