Remember when we said that Donald Trump would start WW3 on Twitter and we thought it was a joke? There he was the other day boasting about how smart his missiles are, which made everyone wonder if the missiles wouldn’t be a more intelligent American president, and now along with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron he’s gone and blown up Syria. Or more accurately has blown up Syria a bit more than it has already been blown up.
At least I managed to get back home from my holidays before it broke out. Yay! I live just 25 miles away from the biggest nuclear arms dump on the planet and it is totally not a target for the Russians in the event of Armageddon. Thanks Jackie Baillie! I feel so safe now. In the seconds before the whole Clyde Valley is blown to pieces in the blast the people of the West of Scotland can console ourselves with the thought that your determined defence of Trident guaranteed the existence of a medium sized Tesco Express in the greater Helensburgh area whereas people in the rest of the country get on with the important business of wondering which of Tesco’s sandwiches best resist radioactive contamination.
We’re being told that the UK, the US, and France had no choice but to unilaterally bomb Syria because the only way to demonstrate your disapproval of the Syrian government running roughshod over international law is to run roughshod over international law. It’s a bit like expressing your disapproval of people leaving dog crap on the grass in the park by smearing it all over the pavement. Nevertheless, the military action was entirely legal, because Theresa May and the right wing press said so. This is the only standard of legality that matters in the UK. International law might have a different opinion, but international law doesn’t right the editorial column in the Daily Mail so it doesn’t count.
Still, it’s silly of us to worry about provoking WW3, because it worked out so well the last time that the UK got involved in bombing the crap out of some Middle Eastern country. Iraq and Libya are now glowing examples of peace and stability, in much the same way that Richard Leonard is an outstanding representative of the power of charisma and charm and Ruth Davidson has never been known to obsess about opposing independence referendums.
There is certainly no doubt that the Assad regime is comprised of some deeply nasty and unpleasant people. It is alleged that there was a chemical warfare attack in the rebel controlled city of Douma, carried out by the Syrian government. I have no idea what happened in Douma. The point is that neither does anyone else. The UN chemical warfare investigating team was due to visit the area this coming week in order to ascertain what really happened. There’s no pressing reason for the rush into military action this weekend.
Neither was there a pressing reason for the UK to rush into military action before Parliament comes back after the Easter break, giving our representatives the opportunity to debate the matter. Remember how we were told before the EU referendum that it was vital to restore the sovereignty of the British Parliament? That’s working out as well as the promise that Scotland was going to be an equal and much loved partner in the UK and would be secure in its membership of the EU if only it voted against independence.
There’s nothing like a spot of military porn to get the media frothing. What bombing the crap out of some Middle Eastern country really is best for is diverting attention from other more pressing political difficulties. There is a real and serious need for urgency when it comes to taking action in Syria, and that would be Donald Trump’s need for urgency in changing the news agenda in order to distract attention from the criminal investigation that the FBI is carrying out into Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, and the alleged payment of $130,000 in hush money to the porn star Stormy Daniels. According to reports, Stormy Daniels was paid the money during the US presidential election in order to keep her quiet about having sex with Donald while his wife was pregnant. Trump denies that he had sex with her, which means that she was paid the money to keep quiet about not having had sex with Donald Trump. I’ve never had sex with Donald Trump either, and there’s a donate button at the bottom of this blog in the unlikely event that the American president is reading.
What I do certainly have in common with Stormy Daniels is that she denied that she was ever sexually attracted to Trump, who says that claims he has a fake tan are fake news. I’m not sexually attracted to Trump either, but I’ll admit that in my case this is due to an aversion to consorting with orange people. That’s more a Scottish Tory thing.
There’s an equally real and serious need for distraction in the UK, anything but anything to take attention away from the galactostrophe that is Brexit. If it takes dropping a few bombs at £800,000 a bang on some random Middle Easterners then that’s a price well worth paying. After all it comes along with the opportunity to condemn anyone who’s opposed to rushing into war as betraying our troops and being a stooge of the Kremlin and the one thing that the British media really needs is another excuse to beat up on pacifists and people who think that it’s a national humiliation for the UK to sook up to Donald Trump. Condemning Jeremy Corbyn for calling for consultation in parliament is just a bargain bonus. The only way it could be any better would be if the British nationalist media in Scotland could find some way of blaming the SNP for the gas attack in Syria. That will probably be the lead story in the Hootsmon next week.
Theresa May is on the telly claiming “mission accomplished”. The mission has been accomplished. The mission is the derailment and distraction of the news agenda away from the surrounding stench of sleaze that envelops Donald Trump. The mission is the further debilitation of what passes for democracy in the UK and the conversion of the UK into an adjunct to Trump’s vanity. How’s that safety, security, and stability of the UK working out for Scotland? It’s high time we accomplished a mission of our own, the mission to get Scotland out of this failing state.
And finally, a big thanks to Macart for his excellent posts in my absence. That’s a mission that he accomplishes with style and panache. It’s hugely appreciated.
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