I was proud to be British. When I was a mere gossoon of five years or so, I remember my father telling me that to be British was to be safe. Wherever I was in the world, if I was in trouble the British government would ensure I was not harmed. If necessary, he said, they’d send a gunboat to rescue me.
As I grew older I learned of the great land across the ocean, America, where citizens could rely on their government to ensure they were safe, wherever in the world they were at the time. I felt proud that my country was allied to the great power of America. To hold either a British or American passport meant security from harm. No foreign power would dare to meddle with an American, or British, citizen.
It may have been something of a fanciful notion, even in the 1950s, but there’s no doubt both governments held more power in the world then than they do today.
That young lad of five years or so, is now a man of sixty-eight. Given the appalling events in the Middle East over the last few months, and the foul slaughter of British and American citizens by the abomination that passes by the name, ISIS, or IS, or ISIL, I can only ask myself, “What happened?”
Following the latest beheading of a US aid worker, British leader David Cameron, told Parliament, “The UK won’t be cowed…”, before retiring to 10 Downing Street for his nightly supper of caviar and chips.
America’s leader, Barack Obama, called this latest cold-bloodied murder, “Evil.” He then collected his clubs and headed back out to the golf course.
Why are we sitting back and letting this group of thugs torture and behead our citizens while we do absolutely nothing about it? Well, not quite nothing. The British Ministry of Defence released a video of a missile strike on an ISIS communications vehicle. If that doesn’t get them on the run…
There can be no doubt that the dire situation in Iraq today is a direct result of the US/UK 2003 invasion of that country. The political vacuum left after the demise of Saddam Hussein allowed ISIS easy entry, and their barbaric actions have fueled both fear, and a misplaced loyalty, among those who purport to support the organization.
Sparrow Chat has never been an advocate of warmongering, but when evil – not satanic, but man-made – threatens to destabilize the world it must be quashed, quickly and efficiently.
The world gradually became aware of that in 1939, when the evil of the Nazi regime erupted over Europe like a poisonous, pyroclastic, cloud. Its eventual defeat resulted in the formation of NATO, a joint military task force designed to prevent such evil beings from gaining power again.
Where is NATO today? America halfheartedly bombs the occasional ISIS convoy; Britain, even more reluctantly, takes out the odd ISIS pick-up truck. Why does no-one mention NATO anymore? Surely, this situation is right for a joint strike force, so Islamic militants can’t point a finger at any one Western power as being the enemy?
Virtually every US political commentator given airtime on the media is quick to state that, “It’s not our fight. We should leave them to sort out their own problems.” Just two weeks ago, Bill Maher’s panel, along with the man himself, was 100% in favor of ‘washing our hands’, like a concert of little Pontius Pilate’s happy to delegate the responsibility to some other authority.
The mess in the Middle East is entirely down to the irresponsible antics of Western powers over the last one hundred years, culminating in the criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003. It is solely our responsibility. We broke it. We must mend it. If we don’t, we may well continue to pay for it for a long, long, time to come.
I’m no longer proud to be British, or American. I’m no longer that gossoon of five years or so. I’ve grown up, and now I see things as they truly are.