Dan Majestic writes from New York: While pretty much everyone around the world has finally figured out that the Arab Spring did not actually turn out to be what everyone had expected it to be, with Islamists cunningly using people’s power to their advantage and gaining ground all over the place, one man remains convinced that it’s all worth it. Yes, British Prime Minister David Cameron has delivered a punchy speech at the UN General Assembly in which he confirmed that he is still a big fan of the Arab Spring.
In case you’ve missed the great occasion here’s what Mr Cameron said: one year on people are saying that the Arab Spring is turning into an Arab Winter. Syria has sunk into a civil war, the economy across the region isn’t performing well and Islamist regimes are springing up all over the place. But let’s keep the faith and redouble our efforts to make an even bigger mess.
Well, he didn’t actually say that last bit but it sort of came out of what he was suggesting.
And that was not all, oh no. Big Dave went even further and, without naming Russia and China, had a go at them, saying that the blood of Syrian children was ‘a stain on the United Nations’. (An Al Qaeda spokesman later said that his organisation is behind PM Cameron’s words 110 per cent, if not more.)
People who claim to know Mr Cameron extremely well tell Stirring Trouble that he is convinced that talking about Syria and trying to save its people from the repulsive regime of President Bashar al Assad is much easier than solving the economic crisis at home and forcing banks to release at least some of the money that they have received from the taxpayers. In fact, these same people say that taking a tough stance against al Assad is probably safer than taking on the money men and forcing them to lend to businesses. Not to mention that saving Syrian children looks cooler and less potentially explosive than standing up for the white children of Rochdale, a suburb of Manchester, who are targeted by gangs of Asian paedophiles with great success.
Later that same day Mr Cameron appeared on the Late Night Show with David Letterman and spelled out his vision of the new Middle East to a bunch of people who could not care less what happened there. The British PM obviously felt that he simply had to make that appearance as his friend and most likely successor, London Mayor Boris Johnson, had done that already and was a big hit with the public. Asked later whether they enjoyed listening to Cameron, several members of the audience said that they didn’t really understand most of what he said because of his heavy accent but liked him generally, especially his skilfully created comb-over which is making him look a bit like a young Donald Trump.
Cynically inclined observers say that PM Cameron will become even more outspoken about Syria and any other country that falls into strife as the situation in Britain gets worse. They point to the way Mr Cameron’s idol, Tony Blair, felt he had to start wars and generally spend more time abroad when his so-called reforms of public services stalled and the economy started to go pear-shaped. Syria offers the current British PM a useful distraction, as the civil war there promises to escalate all the way to the next general election in 2015 in Britain.