Ted Obvious reports from Cairo: So let me get this straight: when the nasty President Bashar al Assad and his regime were not opposed by anyone there were no Syrian refugees, apart from the ones who had fled abroad and formed opposition groups in the hope that their time would come one day. Which was probably not a high number. But now, two years into the uprising against the tyrant that is supported and financed by the West and its allies in the region, there are 1 million refugees who have already fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. Coupled with the fact that up to now the Syrian army remains loyal to Assad & Co and none of the predictions that the Syrian people would dispose of the dictator and his henchmen have been proven true it basically means that the West and its allies in the Middle East are themselves to blame for the humanitarian catastrophe that is unravelling in the region.
And now comes the hard-hitting bit of this analysis: what the f..k is wrong with politicians in the West. I can understand what Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Turkey are playing with. They want to shift the balance of power in the Middle East in their favour and sort out some of their long-running religious issues. But why the Western governments are behaving like a bunch of trigger-happy opportunists and chancers, who are contributing to creating even more mess in the Middle East and North Africa – Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia – is a mystery to me. You really, really have to be stupid to think that arming and financing jihadists, who are fighting against the regime in Damascus, will bring an end to the conflict in Syria. Yes, Mr William Hague, I’m talking about you and your stupid statement on Syria in the Commons yesterday when you announced more non-lethal aid to the ‘Syrian people’.
Do politicians in Washington, London, Paris and some other European capitals live in some la-la land? Or maybe they have some sort of secret agendas that they are pursuing without telling their people? Because what they are doing at the moment borders on criminality. They should have learned their lessons in Iraq, Libya and other countries where they really, really screwed up. But they just keep on making one stupid move after another, creating more tension and chaos in the Middle East and North Africa.
One school of thought says that the West is actually protecting Israel’s interest by siding against the local dictators. But this suggestion makes no sense at all. Ask yourself this: is Israel any safer now, after the Arab Spring and the idiotic interventions by the West, than it was before the upheavals started? And the answer would be: no, it is now in more danger than ever before, with Islamists having come to to power in countries where formerly secular regimes were running things. How does Israel benefit from the Islamisation of the Middle East? And when was the last time that US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron had a reality check?
Conspiracy buffs, who are usually closer to the truth than most of the academics and all sorts of experts and analysts, say that Western governments create even more mess in the Middle East and beyond because they need a big distraction from the economic crisis at home. These well informed people, and all conspiracy buffs are very well informed, say that politicians, encouraged by the money men, are doing everything they can to create a smokescreen for the approaching collapse of their respective economies. And if things get even worse, which they will, according to fans of conspiracy theories, then a great big war will erupt in the Middle East and governments and banks will be able to write off a lot of dodgy debts and break just as many promises.
Difficult to understand really what drives Western politicians these days when they take their decisions on the economy and foreign policy. But common sense and national interests sure have nothing to do with it.