Strange Bedfellows

Update: After I wrote this, I listened to Jason Stapleton’s thoughts on the matter. This is a man who knows a thing or two, and he’s not the “cowardly civilian” I could be accused of being. He’s seen it and done it.

If you listen to this and disagree with him or me, then I’d like to know about it.


It is not at all comfortable that I find myself broadly in agreement with Jeremy Corbyn, Dennis Skinner, Caroline Lucas and the SNP, all of whom I otherwise consider risible or despicable, or both.

I do not support getting involved in airstrikes in Syria.

Don’t get me wrong. I despise ISIS and all other Islamist death-cult sects, but as long as they stay in the middle east, I don’t give a fuck about them. I think keeping them out of the UK and Europe should be our only priority.

I just can’t bring myself to believe that dropping bombs on people can possibly be the answer.

Perhaps I – and others of a similar mind – are lacking “clarity” as a result of the hangover the West has thanks to the misadventures of Blair and Bush. Their toxic cocktail of stupidity, mendacity, venality and narcissism has perhaps forever tainted the West’s belief in its ability to do anything that is on the whole a good thing by military action. And perhaps this is a mistake. But perhaps not.

The Iraq invasion was ill-considered and unjustified. Not long after it happened there was widespread acceptance of the fact that there had been far too little thought given to what would happen – and what should be done – after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

While it’s true that 9/11 happened to the US before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, those who committed that atrocity claimed it was an act of revenge and defiance against US imperialism in the middle east, where they retained military bases after the end of Desert Storm in 1990/91.

Since our participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, we have seen various attempted and consummated acts of Islamic terrorism in the UK. Correlation may not be causation, but the correlation is pretty fucking strong. Recently, even Blair admitted that “there are some elements of truth” in the argument that the Iraq invasion was to blame for the rise of ISIS.

Perhaps, all other things being equal we ought to be involved in crushing ISIS by means of bombing the crap out of their holdings in Syria. But if this is the case, then there are a number of questions that need to be answered, and I haven’t heard anything approaching a satisfactory answer yet to any of them, and until I do, I will not support more destruction and cock-waving from shitheads who are sitting pretty and sending other people to kill on their behalf.

Questions I’d like answers to:

1) What can be said to convince me that the inevitable collateral damage caused by bombing will not give rise to radicalisation of further individuals who have seen their kith and kin conflagrated before their eyes, and who, with their locality in ruins and their business or job in a pile of rubble, have nothing to lose, and much righteous anger to sink into retribution?

2) Given that we apparently see deposing Syrian President Assad as part of the answer to the question, and yet Russia is sworn to defend Assad and his regime as a stabilising influence in the country, how are we not on course for a proxy war – or even a direct war with Russia? Is that what we want? I’m afraid that as egregious as Putin’s Russia is, when it comes to their contretemps with Turkey, I’m on Russia’s side. I do not trust closet Islamist Turkey, I do not want them in NATO and I do not want them in the EU.

3) We seem to have supported and opposed all sorts of factions in the middle east, to the point where in order to defeat ISIS, factions of Al Qaeda – AL FUCKING QAEDA – are seen as ‘moderates’ with whom we should do business (i.e. arm them) in pursuit of our goals. Can anyone show me I’m wrong, or if I’m right, explain why we would want to do any such thing?

4) The ‘noble’ overthrow of ‘tyrant’ Gadaffi in Libya resulted in that country degenerating from a despotic cauldron that had a lid on it into unbridled chaos. How will Syria be any different if Assad is deposed or otherwise removed? How will an alternative power structure be enabled – not imposed by the west, but enabled – that will lead to some semblance of peace?

5) Given the surge of ‘refugees’ from the Islamic shitholes of the Middle East and North Africa, would we not be better off doubling down on border controls, immigration controls, repatriation or internment of unwelcome immigrants, internal anti-terrorism operations and – yes – using racial and religious profiling in doing so? (And no, giving the police, the council and Theresa May’s typist access to my emails and web browsing is NOT a part of that strategy)

6) Given that ‘refugees’ were shown to have been involved in the recent Paris atrocities, is the unlikelihood of (5) occurring not likely to vastly increase the chances there being domestic terrorism repercussions in the event that we go anywhere near this inevitable clusterfuck?

Quite honestly the whole thing smells of virulent horseshit and I want no part of it until some of these things are cleared up for us.

Here’s my prediction: If we join in bombing Syria, we’ll see a successful terrorist action in the UK within 3 months. If we decline to get involved, we wont see anything for three months from today at least, and we may dodge the bullet entirely if the UK gets serious and honest about the threat that Islamists already in the west pose to our civilisation.

I’m not holding my breath for any satisfactory answers from any of these self-interested glory-seeking dickheads in power.


P.S. Come on, Chilcot, fucking get on with it. I want Blair in the Hague and Alastair Campbell being bummed by “Big Abdul” in Belmarsh.

Update: After I wrote this, I listened to Jason Stapleton’s thoughts on the matter. This is a man who knows a thing or two, and he’s not the “cowardly civilian” I could be accused of being. He’s seen it and done it.

If you listen to this and disagree with him or me, then I’d like to know about it.

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