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THE ESSENTIAL HITCHENS

By Pete Moore On April 15th, 2018

Any fool can kill a man in a second and ruin a city in a week. But it takes long years of nurture to raise a child to adulthood, and centuries to build a civilisation […]

Haven’t we got enough misery in Syria already? The place is a mass of ruins, graveyards and refugee camps. To what end? The only mercy for Syria will come when the war ends, yet we seek to widen and extend it.

Don’t we have more than enough of such disaster in Iraq and Libya, where state-sponsored panic and emotional claims of atrocities excused the launching of wars so stupid and dangerous that I wonder if these places can ever recover?

Perhaps worse, by creating an unending river of migrants through the Middle East and the Mediterranean, I suspect they have ruined Europe for good.

I agree with Oborne. Peter Hitchens today is an essential read. I commend it particularly to those who haven’t thought about Syria beyond virtue-signalling militarism. One of those is the Prime Minister, who is beyond foolish. I’m pretty sure that most British people are firmly against any action in Syria, now and at any time in the future. We might not have fancy analysis and smart commentators on the phone, but our instincts are better. She suspects that Parliament is against it too. That’s why she rushed out the Tornados so quick. She’ll regret that. For a bit more around this, I also commend this short discussion. George Galloway had Hitchens on his radio show this week. They’re hardly bedfellows, but they think about Syria more deeply than most –

 

6 Responses to “THE ESSENTIAL HITCHENS”

  1. The only mercy for Syria will come when the war ends

    Exactly !!!

    Good post.

  2. I’m pretty sure that most British people are firmly against any action in Syria […]

    She suspects that Parliament is against it too. That’s why she rushed out the Tornados so quick. She’ll regret that.

    Agreed on both points.

    Goodbye Theresa, hello Borris, how are ye Corbo government?

  3. PM May said she joined the action exclusively to stop the further use of chemical weapons. Do you believe her, or do you think that is cover to get fully involved in the Syrian civil war?

    As for a fairly swift response, perhaps it is to prevent Assad from follow-up chemical weapons attacks. There is a fast moving war going on and no time for long periods of deliberation. The recent missile strikes could save many lives, but further Assad chemical weapons attacks would take many lives.

  4. George Galloway and think deeply used together is great comedy.

  5. Galloway may be insane but he’s still a hell of a lot more of a nuanced deeper thinker than the guy who gave the order for those missile strikes.

  6. Patrick Van Roy, on April 15th, 2018 at 3:41 PM Said:
    George Galloway and think deeply used together is great comedy.

    I’m not so sure about that one Patrick, Galloway tore the Senate to shreds, and gave them both barrels.

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