Saturday, September 27, 2014

Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it...

Of all the arguments advanced in favour of British military intervention abroad, the one that has always seemed to me most treacherous and least convincing is the one about “over there” and “over here”. It was much-used by Gordon Brown, when he was trying to persuade a sceptical public of the need for beleaguered UK troops to remain in Afghanistan, though it was current in the United States well before that. Now it is back, in nice time for today’s recall of Parliament.

The battleground is no longer Afghanistan, and the enemy is no longer al-Qaeda or the Taliban. The conflict has moved westwards to northern Syria and Iraq, and the new adversary is the self-styled Islamic State and its rampaging Caliphate. But the argument and the wording are practically identical.

As David Cameron told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, in tones that strongly suggested a rehearsal for today’s unanimity-fest in the Commons, Isis constitutes “a clear and present danger to the United Kingdom”. He had earlier described the behavior of Isis to reporters as “psychopathic, murderous and brutal”.

Our new Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, started preparing the ground last weekend. In an interview in The Spectator he said: “We’ve had attacks on the streets of London, on our transport system, at Glasgow Airport, the murder of Lee Rigby – how much more evidence do you need that this is a very clear and dangerous threat to our way of life and to all the democracies of the West? This is a new Battle of Britain.” Full story...

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  3. William Engdahl: 'ISIS is CIA false flag op, pretext for war inside Syria & Iraq'
  4. 'Peace' President? How Obama came to bomb seven countries in six years...
  5. ISIS is America’s new terror brand: Endless propaganda fuels “War on Terror”
  6. Castro compares NATO to Nazi SS, slams US, Israel for ‘creating ISIS’
  7. Fisk - Who are Isis?

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