By Thomas Barlow
The beheading of journalists has us all disgusted and crying for a response, but before we take action we should look at the way the UK is really responsible for these deaths and the rise of ISIS – and what we should do to stop it.
1. WE HELPED FUND, ARM AND TRAIN ISIS
We have been funding, arming and training anti Assad rebels – albeit covertly – for the past year or so, which absolutely includes ISIS. More importantly we helped found, arm and train Al Qaeda, of whom ISIS is an off-shoot of.
2. ‘WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EURASIA’ IS NOT A WAY TO CONDUCT FOREIGN POLICY
As so often happens, in almost perfect Orwellian twists, the people we support rapidly become our enemies, and our enemies our friends. We are now thinking of supporting Assad, the same ‘despot’ we were arming ISIS to deal with. We even planned to arm and train 100,000 rebels as recently as June.
3. WE HAD NO PROBLEM WITH BEHEADING UNTIL NOW
Wahhabis and allied Arab royal families have been beheading people for decades, tacitly supported by us through our support for our allies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and others.
4. BRITAIN HAS HISTORICALLY ALWAYS BEEN ON THE SIDE OF THE BAD GUYS IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD
It is worth noting our other allies in the region include – or have included – Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, Qadaffi (who went from friend to enemy several times) and Wahabbi friendly states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE – all of whom we have financed, armed and trained using British taxpayer’s money.
We have been carving up the region and dividing it amongst terrorists and despots since the end of the First World War.
5. AND IS CURRENTLY ON THE SIDE OF THE BAD GUYS
We supported Al Qaeda in Libya recently, amongst many other corrupt militias, and we may be supporting Al Shabaab in Somalia. We support a puppet regime in Iraq that brutally murdered peaceful ‘occupy style’ protestors in their dozens just last year.
We support murderous, oppressive, homophobic, sexist, authoritarian, aristocratic regimes in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and across the gulf region.
We fund and supply Israel with weapons, even whilst it is killing children and bombing UN protected schools.
6. TONY BLAIR SAID IT ISN’T OUR FAULT – SO IT PROBABLY IS
There can be no doubt that the invasion and the subsequent pillaging of Iraq by UK corporations (with our money again), along with the installation of a corrupt, sectarian, puppet government (albeit nominally democratic) and no clear rebuilding plan or process, created the conditions for ISIS to thrive.
7. IT IS HARD TO HOLD OTHERS TO A STANDARD WE DON’T HOLD OURSELVES TO
The invading forces of Iraq murdered journalists too, amongst many others. They also tortured, raped and brutally oppressed many in Iraq. We didn’t openly publicise it and put it on youtube (except in this and a few other cases), but maybe that’s worse…
8. UK PMCS (OR MERCENARIES) ARE NOT LIKE THE A-TEAM
British PMCs (often funded by the UK taxpayer, using soldiers trained by the British army) operate in the region largely unchecked. We are not entirely sure what these guns for hire do all the time exactly, but there are reports of sex trafficking, gang rape, public executions, and so many violations of international law that it is hard to list them all.
9. BOMBING FOR PEACE DOESN’T WORK
Our history of military intervention has been shaky at best. Since the Second World War it is hard to name an example where military intervention has made anywhere safer – especially when the result of an intervention has created ISIS and many other terror groups.
The Balkans are often sited as an example of liberal intervention at it’s finest, but in fact, most official reports say the UK military intervention and the bombing that ensued cost far more lives than it saved.
10. DESTROYING LIBERTIES DOESN’T STOP TERRORISTS, IT JUST TAKES AWAY OUR RIGHTS
FINALLY – Destroying our own liberties to fight ISIS will not only not stop people from the UK joining them (dedicated nutters/disenfranchised and excluded people will find a way whatever), but will hand them the very victory they want – to take away the freedoms of the British people. Once taken away, they are nearly impossible to get back.
It is also worth noting that the terror threat level we are now at, has been at this level in Northern Ireland for the past 4 years – there have been no major law changes there.
IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT OUR HISTORY OF INTERVENTION HAS NOT BEEN SOUND AT ALL. AND THERE IS NO REASON TO THINK THAT IT EVER WILL BE.
WHILST FOREIGN POLICY IS CREATED TO SUPPORT THE SCHIZOPHRENIC DESIRES OF A TINY BRITISH ELITE, OUR TAX MONEY, SOLDIERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY WILL BE SACRIFICED TO SUPPORT DESPOTS, TERRORISTS AND FUNDAMENTALISTS.
WE MUST SUPPORT A POLICY OF COMPLETE NON INTERVENTION – WHICH MEANS WITHDRAWING EVERY MERCENARY, MILITARY ADVISOR, SECRET SERVICE AGENT AND ARMS DEALER OUT OF THE REGION IMMEDIATELY.
IN A WAR OF IDEAS, THOSE WITH THE BETTER IDEAS WILL WIN OUT, NOT BY FIGHTING, BUT BY LIVING THE CHANGE WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD – LET US FOCUS ON THAT INSTEAD.