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Bombing Isis will not bode well for the United Kingdom

I was on the BBC's Any Questions? recently with the columnist Simon Jenkins, Tory William Hague and Labour's Yvette Cooper.

The main topic was the parliamentary vote that enabled the Government to send RAF Tornado warplanes into Iraq, to stop Isis or Isil as it is now called for reasons unexplained.

Jenkins and I were sceptical of this latest military adventure and the two politicians soberly explained why it was essential. Now I am not a pacifist and really do like and respect both Cooper and Hague, but they came up with no credible strategy.

After Iraq and Libya, I would have hoped for better planning and carefully thought-out objectives. It seems to me that politicians don't know what to do about Isis and so have decided to do something; anything. Bombs are the last resort of the panicked.

My colleague Patrick Cockburn has written with great wisdom on these organised and...

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