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Live and let live

By August 29, 2013February 18th, 2021No Comments

If any other country than the United States (Russia or China, for example, let alone Iran or North Korea) were to behave in the bellicose, expansionist way in which the US pursues what it is pleased to call its foreign policy, can you imagine the synthetic uproar that would be generated in the western world’s media?

America’s policy of bellicose interventionism is reminiscent of that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Furthermore, the ostensible casus belli of the Syrian government’s alleged use of poison gas reminds one of the Nazis’ staged attack, on their own radio station at Gleiwitz near the German-Polish border. A piece of phoney propaganda that Hitler used in an attempt to justify before world public opinion the German invasion of Poland which began the Second World War. 

The United States is not the world’s policeman but is acting more like a school playground bully.

We’ve seen the chaos, the ‘collateral damage’ to civilians and the breakdown of civil society, caused by American-led intervention in Iraq. A war into which Britain was led on a false premise. When will our politicians learn that Britain needs to pursue its own, independent foreign policy, based upon a rational calculation of its own national interest? No foreign military adventures should be embarked upon unless significant British interests are at stake. No significant British interests are at stake in Syria and so it follows that Britain should not intervene in Syria’s civil war.

It’s not rocket science, is it?

War for war’s sake does nobody any good, with the exception of the stakeholders of the US military industrial complex and publicity-seeking celebrity-politician airheads like Tony Blair, George W Bush and Barack Obama. And it harms many. It makes many poor in order to make a few rich and so, in the words of Oliver Cromwell, it ‘…suits not a commonwealth’, that is to say, a democracy or an independent sovereign state.

If, as Clausewitz claimed, war is a continuation of politics by other means, then it is a sorry judgement indeed on the state of our politics that those ‘other means’ are resorted to so eagerly by countries like the US and Britain, whose leaders speak so sanctimoniously and yet so unconvincingly, of democracy and human rights.