ALL they are saying is give war a chance. Ticking another box on the Things To Do list, the Heir of Blair last week managed to initiate a war he could call his own.
True, Dave inherited the Afghanistan debacle, but that was a hand-me-down conflict originally the property of his hero Tony. What Dave wanted was a piece of action of which he could take personal ownership; nothing too bloody, nothing too protracted and certainly nothing too expensive - ideally, a wee pretendy war to boost his status.
Libya looked like the answer (as Iraq did to the Great Charlatan). In view of Britain's diminished military capability, Dave could only wage war as part of a consortium. Since the term "war" alarms the masses, the euphemism "no-fly zone" was employed. It was also imperative to accelerate the opening of hostilities before the last British warplanes were consigned to the crusher by an economising Treasury. Fortunately, other beleaguered comic singers such as Nicolas Sarkozy and Don Giovanni Berlusconi were game to buy into a time-share conflict under the auspices of the United Nations, that robust champion of human rights, whose Security Council speedily endorsed the imposition of a no-fly zone in Libya.
This is the same United Nations whose forces systematically raped women in Sierra Leone and sexually abused refugee children in Liberia and Guinea; whose 600 Dutch "peacekeeping" troops in Bosnia stood by as hundreds of civilians were massacred in Srebrenica (in a no-fly zone); and whose Food-for-Oil scam in Iraq saw $21 billion (13 billion) filched. The UN has repeatedly elected Cuba on to its Human Rights Commission. It only suspended Libya from the same commission at the start of this month - 42 years into Gaddafi's reign. If, however, that august assembly approves an attack on Libya, so far as the BBC and the kleptocracy on the slime-green benches at Westminster are concerned, it is sanctified as a crusade.
The United Nations is a world government-in-waiting, just as the European Union is a halfway house to that Utopian state of affairs. The necessary precondition for world government is that all countries should be forced into an identical political mould, the chosen format being "democracy". This, as interpreted by today's political class, is the most perfect system of tyranny ever invented, since the mug punters not only acquiesce in being ruled but even imagine they are in control because, for example in Britain, they are given one forty-millionth of a say, once every four years, as to which gang of corrupt political clones runs the country.
Imposing democracy universally is now the preoccupation of European and American governments, just as the Victorians believed in the moral duty of the British Empire to export parliamentary government, Protestantism and cold baths to the farthest corners of the globe. We are in the throes of Neo-colonialism.So long as "protesters" - a catch-all term that embraces putschists, jihadists, useful idiots from university campuses and straightforward looters - proclaim "democracy" on their placards they are to be encouraged to overthrow every government in the Middle East.
The wave of mindless, modish revolt sweeping the Middle East is reminiscent of the similar experience in Europe in 1848. Reliable allies of Britain such as King Hamad of Bahrain are being demonised by the media studies graduates who run the BBC. Once a government falls, the media lose interest and move on. Democracy has arrived in Egypt, as evidenced by the burning Christian churches, and in Tunisia where the first Catholic priest has had his throat cut. Similar liberties must be extended to every other Middle Eastern country.
"Out of chaos something will arise," proclaimed Herbert Marcuse. Having embraced Frankfurt School Marxism in social policy, it is consistent that Dave should incorporate it into his foreign policy. Nihilism is now the prevailing philosophy in the chancelleries of Europe, with the notable exception of Germany. A no-fly zone means destroying 13 military airbases in Libya defended by more than 400 surface-to-air missiles. It is an act of war. If the hybrid "air strikes but no boots on the ground" resolution creates a stalemate, the no-fly commitment could last 10 years, as happened in Iraq. A 24-hour interdiction requires 200 aircraft per day. At what cost?
Iraq and Afghanistan should have taught Britain it is easier to start a war than to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion; but the adage that the burnt child fears the fire is untrue. In 1969, British troops were welcomed in the Falls Road, Belfast with cups of tea. Six months later they were being bombed and shot. Already the UN resolution has flooded Facebook with unexpected support for Muammar Gaddafi across the Arab nations. Hatred of the Western neo-colonialists trumps all other considerations in the Islamic world. Another fine mess…