Monthly Archives: September 2014

Socialists shouldn’t shy away from dealing with IS

I hope my comrades on the Left do not argue Britain should not act against IS.
IS is clearly a danger to us, here, and it is morally right to tackle them anyway. If you don’t think so, you haven’t been paying attention!

Ultra Lefties who would rather use British involvement as an opportunity for cynicism should reflect upon how the British public saw the Left’s attitude towards crime in the 1980s and 1990s. We were perceived as more anxious to look after the interests of criminals and give them an understanding hug rather than look after our people as a whole.

We should stand up for minorities wrongly victimised, explain differences and argue for tolerance. But in the case of the indefensible, our duty is to protect the majority. We are socialists, not anarchists!

Russia playing a blinder over Ukraine

Russia is playing a blinder over the Ukraine and will get just what it wants.

I don’t believe they have – or ever had – any intention of full scale invasion and/or annexation in the way they took the Crimea. The Ukrainian economy is in crisis and the ethnic mix will always make the country toxic to attempts at external control. Putin’s goals will be to make the EU and NATO look like chumps and keep the Ukraine destabilised.

Putin knows that the EU will drag its heels over helping the Ukraine. Having cut the Ukraine’s fuel supply, he just needs to wait another six weeks for winter to arrive and the tenuous political consensus in the country will break down in the face of the practical problem of survival. And NATO will not admit a new member who has not got a stable government!

Russia will then still have a big customer right next door (population 45 million), but if kept unstable, perhaps with a bubbling civil conflict – certainly without any single, credible government – the Ukraine will pose no threat to Russia, and will not be a drain on Russia’s economy.

Looks like Putin has again outwitted the West.