Bombing ISIS

This week the British Parliament voted to join the US in bombing Islamic State (IS or ISIS) in Iraq. This is wrong because:

1. It is part of an ongoing plan for changing the shape of the Middle East including the eventual bombing of Syria and the overthrow of Assad. Cameron said that any planned British bombing of Syria would require Parliamentary approval but that he reserved the right to bomb Syria if it was immediately necessary in the national interest. Miliband apparently supports this.

2. It is stupid and hubristic to intervene militarily in a region where all UK and US intervention have resulted in greater instability, death and destruction. That is, it is stupid if it is intended to do good for the people of the region. Given the destructive means and ends of prior interventions one must be forgiven for thinking that the motives are less than benign.

3. Cameron admits that this will be a ‘generational struggle’, in other words the people of the region are being condemned to continuing chaos and destruction. There is no ‘roadmap’ here to achieving stability.

4. It is only by setting up mechanisms for dialogue between nations in the region whether they are Sunni, Shia or secular and establishing protocols for conflict resolution that peace will have a chance. The FUKUS (France UK US) interventions have not been about promoting dialogue but have fuelled division and destruction.

The UK Parliament is increasingly giving the appearance of being irrational and irrelevant and it is easy to understand why so many people view them with utter cynicism. I agree with George Galloway except on his concluding point that Saudi Arabia should be encouraged to do the bombing .. there should be no bombing in Syria without the consent and involvement of the Syrian government.

Takfiris and the US

I’ve only watched the first 18 minutes of this but it is a very interesting perspective on ISIS and the other terrorist groups from a former Al Qaeda fighter who considers himself an Islamic scholar. From what I got so far is 1) ISIS and the terrorist groups are deluded Muslims who wrongly believe they should fight against other Muslims because of differences in interpretation – the calls them ‘takfiris’. 2) ISIS started in Iraq and was smuggled into Syria and are now returning. 3) ISIS and similar groups were funded and trained by the Americans, Saudis and Gulf States 4) ISIS owe their studied savagery to the model of Ghengis Khan not that of the Prophet.

There is a transcript here.

Ten Years After


After seeing this image yesterday I wrote in Facebook:

If anyone thinks that the war against Iraq which was launched ten years ago today was anything less that criminal and monstrous they should should look at the video at The use of depleted uranium by NATO forces has led to cancer and birth defects on an epidemic scale. The people who create suffering like this, our political leaders, Blair and a parliament which largely allowed a criminal act to go unchallenged, have acted in a way that has led to demonic consequences. Their interventions justified by lies and distorted moral calculations have resulted in literally untold suffering. It’s difficult to see how we can conclude that the people we elect to lead us are not evil. I don’t mean bad, dishonest or slimy as in having normal human failings; I mean evil as in torturers and serial killers. I watched the first images and had to look away and write here. Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were all murderous interventions that have had negative consequences. And yet we allow politicians from the same system that imposed this suffering to pontificate about the need to intervene in Syria and to impose sanctions and threat of war on Iran. Until we look clearly at the consequences of the wars in Iraq and elsewhere and force our politicians to do this, until we put Tony Blair in jail for his lies, let’s not imagine that Cameron, Millipede, Clegg, Hague or any of that gang have the moral competence to make judgments about going to war. I don’t want to but I’m going to look at the rest of the video.

Yesterday, 20th March 2013 marked ten years since the beginning of the assault on Iraq. A lot of people all over the world took part in the protests against the war. The political class ignored this. Most of us stopped protesting and let the politicians get on with the business of war and deception.