We can't just do nothing.
GEOFFREY Bulmer (The Gazette letters 26.09.14) that by authorising the bombing of ISIL forces in Syria and Iraq US President Obama "is acting as front man for the military-industrial complex who are motivated by their own vested interests". Whatever the selfish motives of the 'military industrial complex' may be. that is no reason for any civilised people to ignore what the medieval barbarians known as ISIL are doing in Iraq and Syria. Crucifying people, beheadings, gouging out eyes, kidnapping and raping women, killing their men, genocide against people of a different religion to Islam. When I was a child our education included the Parable of the Good Samaritan who did not cross the road and pass by when he saw a human being in need. Bulmer makes clear in a further letter (03.10.14) that the request of the Kurds, the Iraqi government and the pleas of the terrified people for ISIL to be bombed should be ignored. "Wars are not won by dropping bombs and risking civilian casualties" he writes. When the Americans dropped two atomic bombs on Japan the Japanese government surrendered immediately and unconditionally. Circumstances alter cases as the history of WW2 demonstrates. The policy he is advocating was tried in the 1930s. Then it was called 'appeasement.' .' Country after country fell to Hitler's army and air forces until we stood alone. Hitler's decision to attack the Soviet Union in June 1941 saved us. Appeasement didn't work then, and it won't work now. BERT WARD, Marton