This is what I told muslim settlers via (a rather seedy looking) translator, what are you doing here in Finland, if you love your country, why aren’t you there fighting for it?
The reason why they’re not, is that they have no fidelity to the country outside of their own family, clan and tribe. They will not lay down their lives willingly for another, they want the West to do that for them.
‘We have thousands of migrants coming from Syria. Most are young men. We should train them up, arm them and send them back to their own country. And that is the way to do it.’
He’s right. Why should we risk British lives when there are Syrian men, fit enough to fight for freedom in their homeland, fleeing to safety here?
The answer is obvious, the political will, not so obvious.
PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Shouldn’t the Syrian men flocking here fight to free their nation?
Corporal Simon Miller, 21, is one of the six British troops slaughtered by a baying mob inside a police station in southern Iraq in 2003
The drum beat to war in Syria is becoming ever louder. It seems inevitable now that our MPs will vote for air strikes, beginning perhaps as soon as next week.
Many, like me, have a deep sense of foreboding. Military experts say there can be no defeat of Islamic State by bombing alone; no prospect of peace without troops on the ground.
But whose troops? Whose lives on the line? Surely not those of our young men and women — again.
Despite the PM’s pledge there will be no British ‘boots on the ground’, many of us fear inevitable mission creep.
That apprehension was perfectly articulated by a man named John Miller, from Tyne & Wear, who called BBC’s Five Live during a debate on the Syrian conflict on Wednesday.
John is the father of the late Corporal Simon Miller, 21, one of the six British troops slaughtered by a baying mob inside a police station in southern Iraq in 2003. The memory of that atrocity still haunts us all. Now Mr Miller is fearful more British lives will be needlessly lost and more parents like him left to grieve.
‘What Cameron is saying doesn’t half smack to me of how Blair built up to Iraq,’ he said. ‘We are certainly moving to mission creep, boots on the ground there. And we will have body bags coming home every day again.’