I am not a political animal and hope that I am not opening doors to hate-mail. But I would suggest that Ms Eccles visit http://Centre de la mémoire d'Oradour personally; to walk in that place - that even today has a profound effect on any visitor and is a mirror image of what the people of Syria and other places in the middle east are experiencing today, thanks not to our allied nations or targeted bombing, as intimated by the above comments, but to the evil presence of Daesh. Targted bombing on oilfields and similar targets harms the cash cow of these terrorists and their ability to continue to torture, behead, murder all nationalities and use women and children vilely.
I have experienced terrorism first hand in more one country - as a mother of 4, now adult children with children of their own, I want a safer place for them, in their respective resident countries. Governmental alliances and mutual UN support is essential to any decision-making processes. Those elected representatives have access to non-public information that assists their informed decision-making process on behalf of their populace. I listened to the arguments in last night's debate - ten long hours of informed, excellent debate (for the most part). Tony Benn, in disagreement with some of his party, made a very honest and forthright statement of his position that, I believe swayed members of all parties in their voting process.
Here we are - for the most part comfortably ensconced in rural France but we, like many of our compatriots learned from our neighbours of cousins, family, friends killed, injured or attending places where they were lucky to escape with their lives from the terrible terrorist attack on Paris, two weeks ago. Rocket launchers were then discovered in Lyon, Grenades in Marseilles, a gun cache too near for comfort.... This conflict has now involved us, here in Franc and yes, I want to be safe too.
The decision made on behalf of those properly elected representatives of the UK was made also on behalf of us expats too (those who voted, which we are all entitled to do). I have confidence in their decision to join our allies as they have stood beside them to to prevent such atrocities as Oradour sur Vannes happening in Syria by Daesh today.
I am by birth Welsh, by nationality British, and proud to be both and very proud to be an integral part of the local French community in which we live. I also served as a diplomatic representative of a third party allied country, lived and worked in many countries internationally for many years in each. I have tried to maintain a neutral position in every country in which I have resided. I do however, believe that the evil that is Daesh has to be stopped. It is not for me to decide how, but I believe that I voted in the UK for someone who could make a decision on my behalf. (an elected minority party representative). I hope that Ms Eccles also used her vote to choose a suitable representative whom she trusted to present her views last night. She has every right to express an informed view, but to be ashamed of her own country, can only be explained providing she has exercised her right to vote and informed her elected representative of her strong feelings against last night's vote. I apologise for any offense I have might have inadvertently caused.