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Surely this is the only consistent moral course? Why stop at Islamic State Isiswhen the Syrian government has murdered and tortured so many? How about blasting the Shia militias in Iraq? One of them selected 40 people from the streets of Baghdad in June and murdered them for being Sunnis.
Another massacred 68 people at a mosque in August. What humanitarian principle instructs you to stop there? In Gaza this year, 2, Palestinians were massacred: including people taking shelter in schools and hospitals. Surely these atrocities demand an air war against Israel? Surely that should inspire humanitarian action from above? Pakistan is crying out for friendly bombs: an elderly British man, Mohammed Asghar, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, is, like other blasphemers, awaiting execution there after claiming to be a holy prophet.
One of his prison guards has already shot him in the back. Is there not an urgent duty to blow up Saudi Arabia? It has beheaded 59 people so far this year, for offences that include adultery, sorcery and witchcraft. It has long presented a far greater threat to the west than Isis now poses.
More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them. Why take out the subsidiary and spare the headquarters? The humanitarian arguments aired in parliament last weekif consistently applied, could be used to flatten the entire Middle East and west Asia. Muslim free world this means you could end all human suffering, liberating the people of these regions from the vale of tears in which they live.
Perhaps this is the plan: Barack Obama has now bombed seven largely Muslim countries, in each case citing a moral imperative. The result, as you can see in Libya, IraqPakistan, Afghanistan,Yemen, Somalia and Syria, has been the eradication of jihadi groups, of conflict, chaos, murder, oppression and torture. Evil has been driven from the face of the Earth by the destroying angels of the west. Now we have a new target, and a new reason to dispense mercy from the sky, with similar prospects of success.
Yes, the agenda and practices of Isis are disgusting.
It murders and tortures, terrorises and threatens. Worse still, a western crusade appears to be exactly what Isis wants.
More than 6, fighters have Muslim free world Isis since the bombardment began. They dangled the he of their victims in front of the cameras as bait for war planes. And our governments were stupid enough to take it. And if the bombing succeeds? Never mind the question, the answer is bombs. In the name of peace and the preservation of life, our governments wage perpetual war. While the bombs fall, our states befriend and defend other networks of death. Just as crucial evidence was about to be released, Tony Blair intervened to stop the investigation.
The biggest alleged beneficiary was Prince Bandar. And still it is said to go on. When a whistleblower in the company reported these payments to the British Ministry of Defence, instead of taking action it alerted his bosses. He had to flee the country to avoid being thrown into a Saudi jail. There are no good solutions that military intervention by the UK or the US can engineer.
Oh, and ceasing to protect, sponsor and arm selected networks of death. Whenever our armed forces have bombed or invaded Muslim nations, they have made life worse for those who live there. The regions in which our governments have intervened most are those that suffer most from terrorism and war.
That is neither coincidental nor surprising. Yet our politicians affect to learn nothing. Insisting that more killing will magically resolve deep-rooted conflicts, they scatter bombs like fairy dust. A fully referenced version of this article can be found at monbiot. Opinion Foreign policy. This article is more than 6 years old.
George Monbiot. Humanitarian arguments, if consistently applied, could be used to flatten the entire Middle East. Tue 30 Sep Reuse this content.Muslim free world
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