I was going to put this as a response on your newest blog post, but since you edited my last reply, I think putting it here gives it a higher chance of evading the censorship demon, and us liberals (the real kind, not the 'liberal as long as you agree with me' kind) don't like censorship very much.
I know it must have been embarassing to be called out on saying Toby Jones supported the Rally Against Debt, making insults about his movies and then realising that it was actually Toby Young who supported us, but usually the bigger and less self-conscious amongst us just accept when we make a mistake, let the reply through and make the amendments necessary (these were the results of a Twitter conversation, not a blog reply, but the same basic rules apply).
Unfortunately, it seems that despite the two parties which I would most like to be in power in the UK sharing a coalition, I am having to sit here criticising their foreign policy as I did with Tony Blair's interventionism. Somehow, the lessons of the last decade have slipped us by, and we find ourselves once again involved in military conflict against all interests of the country.
There have been several awful attempts at justification for this attrocity, most of which rely on one (or usually many) of the following argument bases:
- Ethics - The people want rid of Gaddafi, so it's our responsibility to get rid of him.
- History - We sold him arms in the past, so we have responsibility for his actions.
- Legality - The UN say it's OK, so we should do it.
Now, I'm going to try to leave economics out of the bulk of this post, but I'll throw it in at the end, because it's what I do, and cost has to be a consideration in times like these for any decision we make. I'll also try to pre-declare my position on war and intervention in other countries' affairs, and my position on Gaddafi, so here goes:
Defense [noun]: resistance against attack; protection.
As I'm sure most of you know, I'm no big fan of war. I consider myself to be a strong believer in the Non Aggression Axiom, but I find it somewhat astonishing the number of people who believe that our armed forces should be fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and even in future North Korea or Iran.