Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Pass the Kalashnikov
Someone has to mention this. It is beginning to look like the U.S. is about to get deeply and bloodily involved in the current crisis in Syria, and - as always - the U.K. will be going straight in behind (or 'alongside', as it is put by the defence departments) to help drop hundreds of tons of high explosives on 'strategic targets' which - with a bit of luck - will include at least a few of Assad's installations.
In his second term of office, President Obama has been a deep disappointment to all those who had high hopes for him, and the biggest mistake he has made so far is to commit himself to some sort of action if the Assad government stepped over a 'red line'. My God - and didn't they just step over that line in a spectacular way when they dropped the chemical weapons on civilians, only six miles away from where weapons inspectors were being hampered in their hunt for evidence of chemical weapons.
Not believing that Assad would ever dream of committing such an outrageous act of multiple murder - let alone under his very nose - Obama is now in the humiliating position of actually having to act on his threat, unless he wants to be seen by the Right in U.S. politics as a wet and useless Pinko.
Everyone thought - about 2 years ago - that the whole, glorious uprising by ordinary people against a vicious dictator would be all over in 2 weeks, but that was before the Russians stepped in to further arm the Assad forces.
When the Russians armed Assad, Al Quaida armed the rebels, and that was when thousands of innocent civilians began seeking refuge over the borders, turning the whole region into a tinderbox which could go off without any further warning, should the fighting escalate to the extent that the U.S. will be - effectively - fighting on the side of Al Quaida and against Russia. The death toll will undoubtably include citizens from many other countries other than Syria, and if (as they have so far 'promised' not to) ground troops are sent in by opposing supporters, then it will include U.S. and U.K. forces as well as ordinary men, women and children.
It is hard to sit back and watch events like the gassing of civilians in countries we know nothing about because of complete ignorance of local history and culture (as in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.), but we should really learn to keep our noses out of situations which we cannot afford to get involved with, having been all but bankrupted in other parts of the region by trying to impose a Western model of Democracy on people whose tribal heritage makes it almost impossible to instantaneously adopt.
We have now all but got out of Iraq and left the locals (and non-locals) there to carry on killing each other in peace. 50 died in bomb-blasts yesterday alone - an average rate of daily deaths far higher than any Saddam could hope to achieve before he was toppled.
What did we do when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against the Iraqi Kurds? Nothing, because - at the time - Saddam was an 'ally'.
Right now, I really wish our Prime Minister would show a bit more guts than the U.S. President by temporarily curtailing the 'special relationship' between our two countries, and telling him that he is on his own with this one.
To do so would probably lead to the U.S. taking away all our lovely nuclear weapons, but I don't think I would miss them very much.