Trident approving Great Britain, the soft North-Korea

The nuclear war head submarines that are  being built in Great Britain stand for empty waste-lands without hope or vision.
The approval of the Trident project,  is all but a vote for the nuclear armed submarine Trident. Members of one  political party casted their votes partially in this way , because they are in a messy conflict with its leader, who happens to oppose Trident, the other party voted  for Trident on the grounds of some sort of insane attempt to restore their British sense of self-importance. Once their ancestors subjugated half of the world under the force of the gun, dividing  up regions  with borders that still cause conflict and wars today.
Occurring just after the EU referendum results, the approval of Trident fits the nationalist lunacy that seems to be the Zeitgeist of the majority on this island. It represents the total capitulation to the mad blown-up but morally empty grandeur of Great Britain in the Brexit era. It is paid for by the  policy of continuation of up-keeping the social divide and inequality in the country.  Like in all times, Britain prefers to invests in its arsenal, rather than its people.
How can mass killings ever be justified for what any government does?  It is like threatening to bomb the bank in which bank robbers have taken hostages, it kills the perpetrators with their hostages. Take Syria and Iraq under Daesh. One could nuclear bomb the region tomorrow. The ideology, injustice and killings that go on there are amongst the worst on the planet. Why does nobody do this? Because in between there are people, who are themselves hostages to the situation. A general application of force on an entire area is not morally defensible, it will affect all, including children, elderly, all animals, plants, everything.
How can weapons that also endanger bio-diversity and ultimately everyone on the planet be defensible? Do we really need nuclear WMDs, because of the Kim Jong-uns in the world? What do weapons like that do to protect us from terrorism attacks, or to solve any one crisis? Is it possible they are to be a surrogate for a lack of power and strength otherwise? Again North Korea cones to mind.
I can understand the need for ordinary submarines, I can appreciate fighter jets (their solutions in general are often enough imprecise), or of armed ships, tanks, helicopters, guided missiles, missile defence systems, unmanned air-crafts, and troops.  Still  each one of these have their own problems, limitations and cause clear moral dilemmas, each one of them are killing machines, whose power is devastating and huge. Drones have known to hit the wrong targets, missiles gone astray, and so on,  but one cannot be blind in a world in which far too many countries and groups are armed to their teeth.
But a sub marine with nuclear war heads, costing more than anything this country affords, when there are huge pockets of poverty and social deprivation in Britain? In the UK the majority of politicians just stood up to defend this by voting for Trident. Large sections of the occupants of their island may not have to work in prison camps like in North Korea, they are certainly not getting executed, but by withholding investments, all tax payers’ money, from communities who need it desperately, keeping them poor and under-developed, and bickering about funds to invest in health and schools, care facilities and so on, whilst splashing it out at the same time on  nuclear sub marines, is not that far distanced  from the ways of North Korea, just softer, with its terror, less immediate with its consequences.  Any few millions spent now on social infrastructure here will look ridiculous and insufficient  in face of the billions spent on a few sub marines.
So if they want to be called an important progressive country on earth, the British,  let them instead invest £42 billion Pounds (the full sum required for Trident  with the safety lid of £10 billion) to turn around deprived areas, create the best health and community care, and introduce conflict education as part of every child’s education and part of their overseas mission.
But with the sanctioning of the Trident project yesterday  Britain has chosen rather to keep the wastelands at home for the time being, and they can continue to create such wastelands also at the push of a button  anywhere else their subs go. Wonderful? No shameful, for one of the richest countries on earth.
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Bombing Syria? The expression of the desire for a quick fix.

In Britain the question is currently waged before parliament if the country should support air strikes against Syria.

The question of bombing Syria or not is an interesting one. First and for most any action must not be carried out because of Paris, but because of the countless civilians killed and tortured in Syria and Iraq, doing otherwise looks out of proportion.

Throwing bombs from the sky is actually the easy thing. The hard issue is to deal with the power struggles of the Middle East. Shia versus Sunni, Russian Federation versus NATO, Muslim and Non-Muslim Minorities versus Muslim Majorities. The question therefore is what follows any bombardment of Syria?

The Middle East suffers in all corners from the way French and British forces settled and divided it nearly 100 years ago in the same fashion they had already done with Africa, Asia and the Americas, and the Middle East was only relatively stable before that, suffering many conquests and counter conquests before this. This is why in the end the only aim of military operations must be the creation of strongly protected zones for each of the groups. However the former Yugoslavia, the best modern example thereof, shows, that it created only cold peace and a bureaucratic machinery exploited by all sides (see Guardian here).  A plan for the Middle East must go beyond what has been achieved in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Image Source : sarajevo.svbtle.com

The issues are fundamental differences on ways of life, ethnic divisions exaggerated by external injections of support and arms, and the fragility of peace through quick escalations, when terror actions committed and dictated by usually but a few occur.

One might see military strikes as doing something, rather than nothing, but the real question is bombing what and for what? And to what extend will strikes cause more harm to civilians? Militants tend to hide amongst civilian populations these days (see Gaza, and in ISIS held Syria it is apparently not different).

If strikes are to occur mainly because of Paris, they will fail, because it feeds and confirms the believe that Britain and France stand at the root of much that is going on, and if not for what they did 100 years ago, for what the allied forces did more recently in Iraq. If however military operations  are part of a general drive towards a better Middle East, then monstrous hard work is ahead. There is no sense in anything without involving in a most intense way all regional direct and indirect players, and dealing with economic and religious issues.

Players like Iran and Saudi Arabia, The Russian Federation and NATO must then be able to see in each others eyes with a sense of purpose, just as much as the different ethnic and religious groups in the region must be prepare to do. With so many involved it always easy for one to walk out, but only when all feel they can agree for the benefit of a more settled and just Middle East will things have a chance to be different. Bombs are unlikely to do much here.

It is certain that the crisis in Syria and Iraq begs solving, and the ideology of religious inspired militancy that disregards respect for human lives needs to be halted. Morally such militants are in a state of deficiency already. The majority of people, including the majority of today’s Muslims reject this blind militancy. This fact is a great asset. Militant Islamism only had a chance due to power vacuums and general political incompetency and injustice, as in Syria with Assad before the outbreak of the civil war and in post-war Iraq, and through some externally driven access to arms and munitions.

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An example of diversity in Syria 1935. Image gulf2000.columbia.edug

 

The Middle East is complex and diverse. The problems it faces can only be settled,  if all agree that there should be increased justice and security for all, which for some means they need to concede for less, but gain through that greater acceptance. Not just in Israel, by the way. Whilst the borders between Israel and Palestine are discussed by many, the problems are actually everywhere in the region. When British and French bureaucrats took to ruler and pencil and drew lines in inches and centimetres on paper maps, in order to create their colonial protectorates which later became, often unchallenged in its borders, modern states, they failed to take into consideration any reality on the ground, because there was no other reality, but what suited France or Great Britain, the only real states that mattered being them.

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Image: iywkiwdbi.blogspot.co.uk

 

And so suitable local rulers where imposed in accordance to their allegiance to the colonial and imperial masters, usually with disadvantageous consequences for a host of local others, who also lived in these states, and some being directly ignored.

As we approach the centenary of these divisions and ask ourselves about whether we should bomb Syria, the damage of that legacy and its continuance into post-colonial times, all based principally on the security of mercantile routes, and oil and gas supply should be laid bare. It caused too many lives to end prematurely, too much injustice, hate and bloodshed.

It is not impossible to imagine a new more grown up reconfiguration, but in order to get there, we must no longer seek comfort in the status quo under benign dictators.

Israel for that matter was one area where the League of Nations attempted to be just to two equal valid claimants. That is long forgotten now, because the plan failed to secure agreement and assurances amongst feuding neighbours and could not prevent the outbreak of war and claims and counter claims to this day. But it was also driven by fundamentalist undertones and an ideology that only one religion should exist here or there autonomously. Whilst many areas in Israel no longer have Palestinian populations, though there are still Palestinians and non Jews living there, nearly the entire Middle East has been ethnically cleansed of its Jewish population. A symbol of how the border and nation politics of the West let to ethnically and religiously defined exclusiveness, the same that let further on to the division of the  Indian subcontinent  into a predominantly Muslim and  a predominantly Hindu half.

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Source Fair Play Campaign Group UK

Isis and other fundamentalist organisations are connected with the Arab Spring and the desire amongst ordinary people for revolutionary reorganisation. During the preceding autocratic dictatorships, which either favoured Russia and its predecessor the USSR or the West, political ultra conservative Islamic fundamentalism became often the main opposition force present and accessible. No wonder in the first elections, people tended to vote for these, as the main alternative they knew.

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One example of a redrawing from 2006. Image http://www.globalresearch.ca

If this force is to be discharged, one needs to take the argument out of its mouth that it can answer the difficult realities of the Middle East with its monotone, intolerant and often just as destructive order. But neither can bombs, even commando units going after its most ferocious and brutal leaders yield more than temporary gains, without a later reconfiguration of the Middle East, that takes account of all needs, rights and ethnicities, and that desires to come to fair agreements on those contested areas and sites and places upon which lie multiple interests.

One might add that this also must also happen in the other places still under the curse of imperial and colonial organisation around the world.

There are no easy answers here. Bombs, guns and explosive devises are perhaps at best the expression of a desire for a quick fix, on all sides.  The search for peace and security is a harder more time intensive task. But it could be less destructive and more long lasting.