Morons to the right of me, idiots to the left. What are us libertarians to do as we find ourselves in our customary position, clinging to a raft of common sense as we try to navigate a course through a sea of insanity.
My stance on the trouble spots of the middle east has always been the same, firmly non interventionist and I am not shifting as the propaganda peddlars of mainstream media intensify their calls for us to get involved in another Afghanistan.
Or another Libya which having been liberated by western bombs from a tryant is now a failed state with gangsters and tribal warlords running the show.
It is none of our business. Yes we know Assad is a bastard and that information alone is enough to set the bleeding hearts and hand wringers calling for the western powers to overthrow him. Yes we know Syria has oil and that is enough to set the right wingers off about securing oil supplied by installing a puppet government.
The fact is that while the rebels are being armed by the Narcissist in Chief via Turkey and Saudi Arabia and while Russia and China are supporting Assad it is a conflict to stay well clear of. Intervention in Afghanistan has cost hundreds of British and thousands of Afghan lives and achieved nothing. Syria is likely to turn into an even bloodier mess.
Peter Hitchens' blog has some interesting information on what the situation in Syria isv really like. Now I know lefties are apt to fly into a blind fury at the mention of Hitchens' name but he is a fine journalist when writing on foreign affairs so for once in your lives try to behave like rational human beings and consider that part of the evidence that does not affirm your prejudices.
Here's part of the blog. Click the title to read the full thing (but you migh have to scroll down past the jubilee bit because someone forgot to put the "div id" container in.
I have been contacted by a group of Western women who live in Syria and who believe that most of what the world is being told about that country is false.
As far as I can discover, they are not stooges of what they agree to be a rather nasty government in Damascus, but exactly what they say they are: normal human beings caught up in a political tornado. For obvious reasons, I have promised to protect their identities.
I urge you to read what follows, because it is important, because our emotional interventions in other countries never do any good, and because it is vital that people resist attempts to drag us into Syria, too, by feeding us one-sided atrocity propaganda.
This sort of propaganda has a price. I hope you have noticed the continuing tally of deaths of selfless British soldiers in Afghanistan, in a cause long ago abandoned.
And I hope you have also noticed that Libya, 'rescued' by us a few months ago, is now a failed state whose main international airport was recently taken over by gangsters, and where unjustly arrested prisoners are starved and tortured in secret dungeons.
One of my informants from Syria writes of the 'activists' we hear so much about: 'These protesters are not peaceful, flower-carrying people wanting freedom. No, they are weapon-toting killers who snipe, who ambush, who fire upon the army with the sole purpose of inciting riot and mayhem.'
She blames Salafis, ultra-puritan Muslims influenced by Saudi teachings, who loathe and threaten Syria's minorities of Alawites and Christians. She says many of the 'activists' are foreigners, a view shared by all my informants. Many of the 'activists' are armed.
Armed intervention is in fact well under way, uncondemned by the UN, which readily attacks the Syrian government for defending itself. Another writes: 'I have seen reports of opposition rallies which showed pictures of pro-government rallies, and reports purporting to be from the north Syrian countryside, where it has been an incredibly wet year, which appear to have been taken in some desert. The news being accepted as truth by BBC World News is so biased these days that I no longer believe what they say about anything any more, after more than 60 years of crediting them with the truth.'