As the title of this blog entry explains, since my last post (January 2013) nothing much has changed in global current affairs.
Israel is once again bombarding the Gaza strip whilst Western media organisations bombard us with blatant partisan coverage of the entire affair.
The United States and Russia are once again at odds over former Soviet states.
Syria not only remains in a state of civil war but has in fact deteriorated, through this we have seen the rise of ISIS – an organisation so radical, so dangerous and so hard-line in their tactics that even Al-Qaeda have distanced themselves from the barbarism of this rabble.
Yes, Al-Qaeda, an organisation responsible for the murder of countless civilians has sat back and said “Wow, these guys are scary”.
Today’s events prompted me to finally speak my mind on the issue in the Middle-East however.
Former head of the British Army, Lord Dannatt, as well as former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind have called for Western governments to consider an alliance of sorts with Bashar al-Assad’s regime, you know, the tyrannical dictator at the head of a regime responsible for gassing its own citizens.
Now the justification for this proposed alliance is the age old saying – “The enemy of my enemy, is my friend” – and I agree that in times of such turmoil, rather desperate measures are required to be taken. There is absolutely no denying the risk the Islamic State poses to regional stability (And i use the word ‘stability’ lightly). However aiding, or even the mere suggestion that one evil should be given a weight off its shoulders – all in the effort to eradicate another – is typical of the short-sighted, irresponsible foreign policy methods that Western nations such as; The United States, The United Kingdom and France have maintained for nearly a century.
Policies I may add that have largely resulted in why this region is in such a state of perpetual turmoil.
Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond claimed the policy would not be “practical, sensible or helpful” – Which makes this a truly sad day – A member of arguably the UK’s worst ever government can see this is utterly ridiculous.
We are dealing with age old sectarian issues within Islam that play an enormous role in the instability of Iraq and Syria.
In many things, i look to the past – and how it has led us to this point. It seems that today we are seeing the backlash of colonialism within the region. Old law-makers sitting in a room in Whitehall, or Paris, or New York, discussing how they will redraw borders that will ultimately separate sect from sect, culture from culture, people from people.
I’m sure it seemed like a fantastic proposal at the time. Had we simply left the region, and its people alone, it may have worked, it may have failed, borders may have been redrawn again and again. However we couldn’t leave them alone, we had to meddle, we had to pry as we always do and one day it truly will be our downfall. Perhaps the dominoes are falling already.
(I should probably add that in the 69 years since the end of the second world war, Western powers have; Supplied Iraq and Iran with weapons and munitions, supplied the Mujahideen in Afghanistan (Which through a series of civil wars resulted in the Taliban seizing power. Remember them?) Overthrew Iran’s democratically elected government, led by Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and placed The Shah at the helm of the nation (Whose barbaric tactics ultimately led to the Islamic Revolution) and maintained an utterly preposterous policy of arming Israel to the teeth.)
But hey, I’m sure we’ve made a great few bucks down the line.