Where have you been looking these last few days? While everyone has been worrying about the nuclear accident in Japan, World War 3 has kicked off without fanfare or ceremony. Sudan has been bombing the newly independent north; more than 70,000 refugees have fled violence in Darfur, bloodletting is tearing apart Côte dIvoire; 43 people have been killed in Karachi in the last few days. Yemen, its president tells us, is teetering on the edge of a civil war; anothers looming in Syria.
In Afghanistan the military leaders of the western alliance tell us it’s all going to plan and the Taliban are on the back foot. They have been telling us the same for at least five years it seems.
The embattled Palestinians in Gaza have launched missiles at Israel and sent suicide bombers into Jewish territory, there is still a little kerfuffle in Egypt to be sorted out but it looks like the next government will be led by the Muslim Brotherhood, new best mates of Mad Jad in Iran. Saudi Arabia is on the brink of a sectarian insurrection.
Oh, and theres a small matter in Libya that the western nations have recently become embroiled in.
For several days, western leaders have been trying to convince sceptical voters that the war in Libya is driven by ethical and humanitarian concerns. They really do not understand the electorates they represent. The voters want our forces to get in there and secure the oil before it is costing us a year’s wages to fill up the car…
David Cameron was outraged that the world has watched as Muammar Gaddafi brutally crushed his own people. (We didn’t Dave, we watched football, rugby, celebrities ice skating and Red Nose Day.) Barack Obama says the war is intended to make the Colonel face the cost of continued violations of human rights. Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, invoked the history of his parents, who found refuge in Britain from Nazi Germany thus hinting that if he was Prime Minister he would invite them all to come and live here. What a bunch of c…..ompletely deluded idiots.
Humanitarian concern is a more justifiable reason to go to war than most but still not very good. If Cammers had any humanity he would have William Hague humanely put down.
But what is it Gaddafis regime has done, or might have done, that makes it different and more blameworthy than Zimbabwe or Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or Burma which have abused human rights just as blatantly but have not warranted intervention? Under what circumstances is going to go to war justified? And when is it OK to do nothing? Could the distinction be related to oil perhaps? Then let’s stop pussyfooting around and admit it.
Ming – Mong – Moon, the UN secretary general and the leading
useless fucker international bureaucrat referred to egregious violations of human rights in Libya. WTF? What’s the difference between an egregious human rights violation and cutting some poor bastard’s head off or boiling them alive. The UN official has apparently not heard there are similarly egregious goings-on in Iran, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Darfur and a bunch of other countries that he has not yet asked anyone to bomb.
Liberal interventionists who only go to war in the name of peace (like Tony Blair), who argue that violations of international norms must be punished, and who insist “if I say going to war is justified then it’s effing justified, OK?” will argue that other people being just as egregious isnt the point: making an example of Colonel Gaddafi is intended to deter other would-be violators. Ming Mong Moon, Obama, CAmeron and the others have not learned that making an example of the very very egregious Saddam Hussein quite clearly did not frighten other egregious tyrants into being nice children…
Children being children however, for intervention to be effective the same rules must apply. Why should Gaddafi learn his lesson from being made to stand on the naughty step when he sees Mugabe being rewarded for being even naughtier. Children are obsessed with fairness and if Gadaffi thinks he has been treated unfairly he will lash out and hit us in the oil wells.
Another danger is that if the west claims Gaddafi’s slaughter of civilian non combatants justified the intervention might opponents of the regimes in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere not be tempted to provoke similar attacks on civilians in order to secure western military support for their cause. The jug eared streak of piss in the White House, the simpleton who leads the world’s most powerful nation has already encouraged rebels to think this way. He has said if the USA sends ground forces into Libya it must be to support the rebels and help depose Gadaffi.
Now that goes way beyond humanitarian intervention. but it was a similar to that given by Barry in his speech in Cairo in 2009, his promise of US support for Islamist groups trying to overthrow some pretty nasty but broadly west – friendly regimes that led to the present deteriorating situation in the middle east. So World War 3 it seems it will have started not with a bang but with a wimp.
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