Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:13 pm on 26th September 2014.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (International Development) 12:13 pm, 26th September 2014

I will say more about internationalism shortly. Some people will say that the conflict is not our fight, and we should leave it to those who are closer by. For those who feel strongly, it is tempting to offer a counsel of despair and walk away. It is much harder to set about dealing with violent threats in a complicated context where the risks are high. In response, I say that we all want peace, and the only question is how to achieve it. The UK should not dictate the answer to the violence or carelessly interfere, but that does not mean that we should turn our back while the violence persists. In answering the question of whether we should do anything or nothing, we have to ask ourselves what good we can do.