I have little enough to say on the proposal to bomb Syria, apart from this. Did we learn nothing from the invasion of Iraq? Have we forgotten everything about the fabricated evidence, the childish Powerpoint cartoon presentation to the UN by Colin Powell, the insane demonising of the entire Iraqi administration?
What on earth are the military powers of the west thinking? What on earth are their political masters thinking?
The world is full of murderous despots. Africa is overrun with them. North Korea has a murderous despot threatening to fire missiles at South Korea, a US ally.
In Saudi Arabia, the murderous despots are the royal family, strong supporters of the US, hypocrites who preside over an extreme Islamic tyranny while happily pursuing their private lives of drunkenness and whoring.
I didn’t see anyone clamouring to invade these tyrants. Did you?
What exactly could be so special about Bashar al-Assad then? Could it be that his particular brand of despotism happens to be politically inconvenient to America, Britain and Israel? Is that why everyone is suddenly so angry? I don’t know, but they haven’t been so quick to unseat murderous dictators anywhere else in the world.
There’s no sign of American cruise missiles pounding the Saudis into submission, despite their support for al Qaeda and the involvement of their citizens in the 9-11 attacks. No sign of the West invading North Korea.
A full week after the event, nobody has yet explained why Bashar al-Assad might benefit politically from an attack on Syrian civilians. And yet, as a result of the attack, Americk and British politicians are now talking about an attack on Syria.
What a wonderful thing moral flexibility is.