Dear Mr Cameron
As you finalise your speech to the British House of Commons today I wonder if you would spare a second to reflect on the almost simultaneous considerations of one of the world’s most influential business leaders.
After all, what you are about to say in your speech is about cementing your global influence. It’s about demonstrating that you are a man of substance and it’s about setting out the future of the planet for future generations.
Here’s what your contemporary, Mark Zuckerberg, said in an open letter to his and his wife’s daughter as he gifted 99% of his fortune to good causes.
“Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You’ve already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in.
Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today
We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation.
Today, most people die from five things – heart disease, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases…”
In Syria, David, you can add indiscriminate bombing to that list.
So, go on David. Make history as only politicians can by acting out their warped ideologies, their personal chase for fame and glory, their boyhood dreams as they lie tucked up in bed reading Victor or Eagle or Commando..
Or pause for a second. Take a moment. Rewrite your script.
“Right honourable ladies and gentlemen. You might be expecting me to be about to implore that you stand shoulder to shoulder with me, with France, with Russia and with the USA in smashing the Islamic State Militants under cover in Syria by the use of macho and indiscriminate means.
But, look, I’ve slept on this, I’ve thought long and hard about it and I’ve changed my mind.
Yes, I know, it might make me look indecisive, but I want to have a place in history that shows real wisdom and wealth in human terms. We can’t overcome the threat of Daesh by taking pot shots from planes. We should take a stance and lead a united NATO, non NATO states, including, I might add, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya and the whole of the Middle East that are all involved in this sorry affair one way or another, to reach a considered strategic and, most importantly, unified stance against the threat of Daesh.
I can see that bombs are not working; I’m not stupid after all. They are merely a western imperialist statement. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and, what’s more, most often, the wrong eyes, innocent teeth.
Ladies and Gentlemen of this much respected house I say to you; let’s draw breath; let’s invest our energies in finding a united strategic solution.
Ladies and gentlemen of the RAF. Stand at ease.
Mr Speaker, sir.”