Monday, November 16, 2015

A ‘warning shot’ -The crazy logic of UK’s Philip Hammond and what lies behind it

My latest RT OpEdge

Just imagine if the Russian Foreign Minister had said after the 7/7 London bombings in 2005 that the act of terrorism was a 'warning shot' for the UK and that he hoped it would make the UK's foreign policy more flexible.
There would I’m sure, be a massive outcry. The Russians were shamefully condoning terrorism, we'd have been told. How sick of them to call the bombs a 'warning shot' and hope that they changed UK policy! One can only imagine what the headline of the Sun would have been (“NO WAY, SERGEYI!”) would be my bet). Yet this is what British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in the aftermath of the Russian plane tragedy in the Sinai - and very few people- certainly in Western leading circles seemed outraged.
This glaring double standard is not the only thing which is noteworthy about Hammond’s comments. Let’s look at the logic behind what the Foreign Secretary is saying....

You can read the whole piece here.

5 comments:

del stead said...

It's got to the state where a blind man on a galloping horse can clearly see what's going to happen or rather what they want to happen!! I've read a few bits and pieces regarding the latest Paris attack and it's the same old same old...intact passports belonging to suicide bomber's...crisis actors(I love that one) and the tried and tested "we had these killers on the radar " so not only are our respective leaders doling out the same old rhetoric they also are failing us by not protecting us from "jihadists" the reason they get away with it is because indeed a great number of people's memories do only go back 20 minutes!!!!! And if this were indeed an episode of Colombo it would be the shortest ever as our slightly scruffy Mac wearing friend would crack this case in two minutes!!!!! I suggest leaving it to the Russians.... We only balls it all up just look at our fantastic track record... Once again fantastic piece Neil Clark

Conormel said...

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/15/isis-russia-paris-attack-putin-hollande/

Neil Clark said...

Thanks del- much appreciated!

Pistas said...

I am a Venezuelan citizen grew up in a left-wing family, located in the grey zones. As I can see you are trapped in a black and white world, an utter dichotomy between good and evil. For people like you any rhetorical statement of anti-imperialism qualifies as pure and good. In the grey zones we can move along with ethics, common sense and free judgment. Maduro’s regime is not leftist, nor socialist, nor democratic. Covered with a pseudo anti imperialism that dispatch daily-(just in time) oil to the empire. Is a corrupt, oppressive regime that wiped out the rule of law and increased poverty. For you, desk leftists European, with a comfortable life in a country you denigrate while praise countries in which won’t live by any chance, I say come and talk with the people of Venezuela. I am sure you are an ethic journalist.

Pistas said...

I am a Venezuelan citizen grew up in a left-wing family, but now located in the grey zones. As I can see you are trapped in a black and white world, an utter dichotomy between good and evil. For people like you any rhetorical statement of anti-imperialism qualifies as pure and good. In the grey zones we can move along with ethics, common sense and free judgment. Maduro’s regime is not leftist, nor socialist, nor democratic. Covered with a pseudo anti-imperialism that dispatch daily-(just in time) oil to the empire. Is a corrupt, repressive and liar regime that wiped out the rule of law and increased poverty. For you, desk leftists European, with a comfortable life in a country you denigrate while praise countries in which won’t live by any chance, I say come and talk with the people of Venezuela. But if you are a non-ethic journalist, welcome to the tariffed of the so-called XXI century socialism.