Thomas Mathew reports from London: Some 21st century we’re having, eh? Man will fly to the Moon soon, again, and plans to send some more men, and women, to Mars are already being discussed. And yet, we have a civil war raging in Syria for nearly three years now, with chemicals weapons used in abundance, and no one can do anything about it. So America says it’s going to attack Syria, to teach President Bashar al Assad a lesson for supposedly using toxic agents against his own people. Even though there’s no conclusive evidence that the Syrian regime carried out the attacks.
It’s a silly situation really. Looks more like 1939 than 2013. Western politicians and some of their allies in the Middle East, who’ve lost the moral high ground ages ago, having been embroiled in all sorts of scandals in the past years, are obviously determined to achieve regime change in Syria, even though the majority of their people are opposed to it.
And how about that US President Barrack Obama, feeling the pressure of some scandals his Administration in embroiled in, getting all gung-ho and having his photo taken of talking on the phone, standing in front of his desk in the Oval Office, with one foot resting on its surface, cowboy style. Where are his manners? This is the office of the American head of state and that is an expensive valuable oak desk that other presidents had sat behind. (Although, of course, we had Bill Clinton ‘not having sexual relations with that woman’, while sitting behind that very same desk.)
We then had the image of Mr Obama’s former Republican rival, Senator John McCain, playing a couple of games of poker on his iPhone, while the US Secretary of State John Kerry, was arguing the case for war against Syria. When Mr McCain discovered he’d been photographed while playing poker, he announced that he had lost not one but two games in a row, as if this made him look above board. (Have they all gone crazy in Washington?)
In the meantime the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who is sulking after the House of Commons refused to support his motion that Britain should have the option to attack Syria whenever it wished, has started to sack MPs who did not vote for his plan. Mr Cameron has also expressed ‘regret’ at Labour’s stance over the military intervention in Syria, blaming Ed Miliband and the gang for undermining the unity of the House.
And then we have President Françoise Hollande of France, who has gone all aggressive, vowing to send his troops to fight along with the Americans. If they decide to go in, that is. Mr Hollande looks very odd these days. He seems to have grown shorter in the past couple of months. Maybe worries about his low popularity ratings are getting to him.
And how about those Saudis and the Qataris, eh? Quietly providing the Syrian rebels with weapons and money, hoping that Assad falls and they could build a pipeline through Syria to Turkey, to supply Europe with gas. Clever buggers, aren’t they? Say they live by the Koran but when it comes to money matters, they’re all secular.
Need I mention the Arab League? No, I don’t think so. It’s such a weird gathering that there’s no point talking about it.
Russia and China are trying to prevent the war but Western leaders and their allies are adamant: missiles must fly and bombs fall. While having no idea how it may all end.
Crazy times really. Smack of 1930s.