All this stuff with the Islamic State crew is certainly making The Powers That Be (TPTB) hot under the collar, isn’t it?
The slaughter of James Foley was barbaric. Generally speaking war is barbaric, even when it’s fought within “rules”, so to speak. However, I’m going to need some convincing that we – the UK, the US, other developed nations, Uncle Tom Cobley and all – now need to go projecting power hither and thither to kill, er, well whom exactly? ‘Jihadi John’ and his mates from London and other parts of the UK, currently serving abroad, perhaps? The fact is that we don’t have much power left to project these days, because we’re bankrupt apart from anything else.
The map above says it all for me. Where do you start to take on this lot? Can anybody spot the (so-called) enemy’s Centre of Gravity? You know what? I’d rather we started by securing our borders. Fat chance of that though, eh, for as long as we’re ruled by a spectacularly well paid bunch of bureaucrats residing in a gin palace in a foreign country – who tell us that freedom of movement will be our salvation. It’ll be the death of us more like. Just one unintended (if not entirely unforeseeable) consequence of ceding the nation’s sovereignty to some unelected, unaccountable bods elsewhere.
The next few years are going to be interesting, very interesting indeed. But like I said, sallying forth to bomb, bombard and bayonet some nutjobs inhabiting red streaks on a map straddling several countries somewhere in the Middle-East seems a bit far-fetched to me. What’s the rationale for us crusading against a form of religious fanaticism and tribal conflict being conducted in foreign lands that’s been going on for centuries? What’s our role in this, and why? Do we have a duty to intervene? And what’s the blood and treasure budget to be approved by the electorate over here before we get cracking over there?
The world’s going mad, but TGIF: I shall be making the usual extraordinarily hot Moraymint Special Curry this evening. Meantime, all the best to TPTB in their war on the Islamic State; wherever and whoever that is …
PS This couldn’t be something to do with oil, could it?
“ISIS Thirst for Oil Could Lead to Global Catastrophe if Left Unchecked”: http://tinyurl.com/khkbmgx
PPS Please bear in mind that I don’t make these sorts of seemingly appeasing, pacifist observations lightly – having previously served as a commissioned officer for 20 years in the British armed forces, which included operational tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the first Gulf War.