Friday, March 18, 2011

Libyan uprising - Condem posturing - the poor people suffering

Good morning God,
Sorry God, I don't get it
This unrepresentative, unelected government, not content with slashing social services, and decimating the educational, health and support infrastructure and income of the poorest in the land - is now going to take this country further into debt by going to war against a third country.
So much for cutting the deficit!

It's not bad enough I suppose that we are cutting back on the armed forces whilst still losing troops in Afghanistan and struggling to fulfill our withdrawal obligation to Iraq..? Of course not - that was some other government's doing - how can any of that make Cameron look good?

No - We needed another country - preferably Arabian, preferably Oil Bearing, preferably Muslim to demonstrate Cameron's statesmanship and the great creed of the West - 'Might is Right.'

The hypocrisy of a wedding invitation to the Royal family of Bahrain - and a planeload of bullets and bombs for the people of Libya says it all with regard to this country's foreign policy.

Here's a novel idea
Can you persuade Cameron to be a REAL man?  Help him to take the pat on the back (if you believe it is owed) for being the first to suggest a no fly zone - and then will him to step back.
let this 'no fly zone' be policed by the Arab states, not the Western World.

Help us God to ensure that we do not shed a single drop of Libyan blood in the name of the British people. (Hard to argue its in the name of the United Nations when it was Britain that pushed everything through the security council and Britain that seems to be chomping at the bit to get flying!)

how can we remind Cameron that he has no more of a mandate than Gaddafi has to rule!

Forgive us God
forgive us


  1. David,
    YES! There is always another way - but fewer men get to posture and preen before the cameras and fewer arms get sold.

    A little humility, a little grace..
    This is not OUR problem - and we haven't resolved the problems our kind 'intervention' has caused elsewhere.
    God forbid that we create another 'Iraq' where the number of civilian casualties outweigh the number of military - but that IS what we do.
    We go in and blow things up.

    Like it or not - Gaddafi still has majority support in Libya which is more than can be said for Cameron in the UK!
    Cut the deficit by making more arms to sell - isn't that the condem policy? Isn't that why Cameron was over there in the first place?

    God forgive the mercenary arrogance of 'our' leaders.

    If this is democracy - God forbid we impart it to the rest of the world!

  2. Angela,

    I agree with most of what you say (indeed in most of your blog posts too!), but I did have a couple of comments.

    I'm not quite sure how our government is unelected and unrepresentative? Of course nobody voted for a coalition per se. But the way people voted did result in a hung parliament, and coalition governments are not illegal under our (possibly unwritten) constitution.

    I'm also not quite sure why Cameron has no more of a mandate than Gaddafi. Cameron at least heads the party which gained the most seats in free and fair elections. You can say what you like about how unfair the first past the post system is, but at least he has the position he does after a democratic process. Which is more than can be said for Gaddafi...

  3. Alistair,
    The unelected is easy - nobody voted for a Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition, and if the majority of Lib Dems voters had KNOWN that Nick Clegg would sell his party so short - they would have had insufficient votes to be a part of anything. I will certainly never vote lib dem again.
    Unrepresentative - even easier - how many women in the cabinet, how many women in parliament? How well does the gender age and ethnic mix of parliament reflect that of the country?

    Cameron had less votes than Labour, Lib Dem and Independents combined - we do need AV

    BUT the main point
    Gaddafi may not be popular in the West, but he is still 'loved' by the majority of his people apparently. We don't like it - but the majority of his people still look upon him as the one who saved them from the corruption and abuse of the previous regime.. who are we to say they are wrong?
    The number of protesters were pathetically small given the size of the country.

    And no.. I don't approve of what Gaddafi has done or is doing, but that doesn't make our actions any the less hypocritical (where is the UN resolution against the Yemen?)

  4. Like it or not - Gaddafi still has majority support

    Since when was the majority The Law? Might equals Right?

    What happened to obeying God's Law? But you're not David ( more's the pity) and I'm not Nathan.