Do you remember, loyal readers (all two of you) the stick Little Nicky took when this blog said the west should keep it's nose out of the civil conflict in Syria.
"Oh no," the leftie sheeple bleated, "the west must intervene in support of the brave freedom fighters who want to overthrow the nasty consertvaive tyrant Assad and establish democratic rule, yooman rights and politically correct values in a multicultural system under Sharia law.
Then they departed singing their campaign song,
Yoo - man ri -ights, yoo -man ri - ights, we'll support you evermore."
The west's leaders were lining up behind the wannabe global tyrant, Barack Hussein Obama, ready to engage in the kind of warfare favoured by the warmonger in chief Obama, that of sending unmanned drones to conduct an aerial bombardment unarmed civilians in the cause of bringing yooman rights to everyone in Syria except for those killed by the drones, when Russia and China stepped up to the mark.
"Oi, Bammy you jug eared streak of piss," they said, "Assad is our mate, you want to fight him, you fight us too."
Wee Mad Amadinejad in Iran squeaked "I second that."
All of a sudden the idea of intervening did not seem quite so attractive. Suddenly the voices that had warned against intervention, that been telling you Assad might be a twat but the rebels were worse as they were Islamists who intended to set up a theocracy, were being listened to.
The conflict escalated. Obama could not resist meddling and started arming the rebels via borderline terrorist state Turkey's border with Syria. Russia armed Assad. The civilians caught betwen the ruthless, well armed regime and the equally ruthless, slightly less well arned "freedom fighters" were slaughtered. And slowly the world started to get the message,. "You can't impose politically correct values and bureaucratic dictatorship on people who do not desire it. Overthrowing tyrannical bastards is the easy part (so long as they are not best mates with Russia and China) Replaceing them with something better and winning the hearts and minds of the people is a different story.
The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail came over to Little Nicky's view quite quickly, The Times followed and the Indy has wavered. Even the BBC started to broadcast less biased reports. Security analyst Charles Shoebridge, congratulated the Beeb on a report that “shows Syria rebel fighters bringing chaos, terror, death, and [the] fear of Islamist extremism to Aleppo”.
Total victory over the dark forces of politically correct stupidity came when The Guradibi mercenaries woran ran a fire - and - brimstone - preacher style piece portraying the Syrian opposition as neo-con stooges of the Bilderberg group. (Not quite true, some are Bilderberg Group cannon fodder, some Al Qaeda mercenaries working for shadowy fundamentalists groups and some are local gangsters on the make.)
The slaughter would have happened on an even bigger scale had the west overthrown Assad and allowed the rebels to slaughter members of Assad's tribe to stop them launching a counter revolution and slaughtering the Syriac Christians who make up about 10% of the 20 million population because it's what you do.
Little Nicky's message was, is and always will be: Meddling in things we don't understand usually ends up achieving the opposite of what was intended.