Been playing a little catch up and saw Boris Johnson’s comment in parliament encouraging UK Citizens to march and protest outside the Russian Embassy in London regarding the current situation in Syria and just thought to myself, here we go again.
I won’t pretend to understand all the complexities of foreign relations, and pretty much all of ours have been a disaster for the whole history of the United Kingdom, but are we starting to have to consider looking into the abyss.
Reading the article in the Sunday Herald yesterday, Russia v The West, it does appear that both sides are playing very dangerous games in the Syrian conflict. RAF pilots are now flying with air to air missiles, Russia is planning on sailing it’s biggest Aircraft Carrier and support vessels through the English Channel, and like when Russia parked an Aircraft Carrier off the coast of Scotland, we have little or no navy to keep an eye on things or respond.
Admiral Kutznetsov v British Royal Navy
There is no doubt that the world has to do something about Syria, that might and is now looking increasingly likely, involve more military action against both Syrian forces and heaven help us Russian Forces. UK and USA foreign policy has been a disaster. People like Boris Johnson sabre rattling is not going to make this situation any better. The Russian economy, like our own, is pretty much in the toilet. Throw in the EU and USA economies and we pretty much have the perfect storm that we cannot afford economically or in the loss to human life.
Many people, stupid people, believe that war is good for the economy and given that ours is pretty much in the toilet do you trust the Tories to do the right thing, I certainly don’t. As Economist Dean Baker notes:
It is often believed that wars and military spending increases are good for the economy. In fact, most economic models show that military spending diverts resources from productive uses, such as consumption and investment, and ultimately slows economic growth and reduces employment.
I don’t know who to believe on the ins and outs of what is being reported because we know we can’t trust the media, and certainly cannot trust the Tories, but it’s not looking good. As Assad threatens to clean out Aleppo, standing by and watching is not going to be option, however the Conservatives and Labour have shown in the past they like a good war, is that what is coming? Can we afford another major conflict?
People need to take a step back and talk, all sides need to get a grip, the children of Aleppo certainly deserve better. I do know one thing though, in my opinion messing with Russia is something that we cannot afford to do. That doesn’t mean we don’t defend ourselves, that doesn’t mean we sit back and allow Russia or anyone else to do pretty much what they like in the world, but it does mean we have to be careful about what we say and what we do.
The UK cannot afford any war let alone a conflict with Russia, this is the time when the EU and the UN have to be allowed to take the lead in this horrible conflict. Britain will make this situation worse if our recent history is anything to go by, who will stand with the UK if it balls the whole thing up, the USA, NATO! Can we trust them to support us if we make an even bigger mistake because of idiots like Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. Ruth Davidson sitting on a tank won’t scare Putin, it might keep Willie Rennie and the yoons happy, but it won’t stop us stepping off into the abyss if we are not careful.