Lord Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, has said that ISIS should be crushed even if this means using military intervention.
Carey’s intervention comes after Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn said that he would not use military strikes in Syria even if the international community requested help. As David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has said that military action would require the support of the Leader of the Opposition this would mean that the UK might be unable to join in an international effort if Corbyn wins the Labour leadership.
Carey wrote in the Daily Telegraph:
“The dramatic and disturbing developments of the past few days have introduced a new, heart-rending dimension to this refugee crisis. Undoubtedly, the most disturbing aspect is just how impotent Europe is proving itself to be. If the EU is not resilient in the face of this disaster, it could be torn apart.
I can’t help thinking of Corporal Jones’s catchphrase – “Don’t panic!” But even the Germans are panicking as Angela Merkel, in a desperate attempt to cajole her fellow European leaders into accepting binding quotas, has declared open season for up to 800,000 Syrians to come to Germany.
Isn’t it a bit rich for the Germans to criticise other nations, including Britain, for failing to accept refugees? For years, our warm-hearted land has consistently accepted more asylum-seekers than Germany.
Besides, it would be a mistake to give way to bullying calls to immediately open our doors to tens of thousands of refugees. We are a small island and recent immigration figures are highly disturbing. Last year, a net figure of 330,000 people settled among us – more than the population of Sunderland. Imagine this continuing, year after year”.