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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Britain's parliament in London to protest the government's determination to press ahead with air strikes on Syria. Most of the protesters stood at the centre of the square but a few took their placards on to the pavement outside the House of Commons.
Some protesters told me they feared that bombing Syria would only create more casualties which in turn would only help IS gain more local and international recruits to its' cause.
There is no obvious end game as to what the ultimate goal of any war would be. Would, for instance, Syria's brutal dictator Assad be allowed to remain in power if all opposition in Syria was crushed by bombing ? It was also not clear as to how long the war might last or whether the U.K. might ultimately escalate its' involvement with the use of ground forces and all this action without any UN mandate.
There was also anger that at a time of unprecedented welfare cuts, Cameron was embarking the U.K. on action that would be highly costly to taxpayers even if also highly profitable to Britain's arms industry.
A poll on Saturday in the Daily Mirror suggested the U.K's population is divided and without a convincing popular mandate for David' Cameron's plan to bomb IS positions in Syria.
According to the paper
"48% back British air raids on the extremists, contrasted with 30% who want the RAF to stay out of the fight, and 21% who don’t know. But an overwhelming majority - 59% believe sending Tornado warplanes into action over Syria will increase the risk of terrorists inflicting carnage in the UK."
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