(Oh, and a thought – why ought a place like Libya – bursting at the seams with oil so it is said, and with practically no people at all – need “secret police” or “agents” of the same?)
I am slightly amused, and also I think enlightened a bit, by the goings-on in the Scottish Parliament over this sad and rather unexciting but important affair. I may as well now refer to it as The Scottish Government, for the Union is dead in all but name. Not in the way I would have wished it to be put to bed either.
You can understand the indignance of ordinary Scottish people, who can’t be expected to view terrorism in any other light different from the way English or Americans view it. Why should they? And so their Parliament should reflect it. After all, if you consider nothing else, the flaming bits of blood-spattered-ironmongery fell on their blasted houses for God’s sake. The allegation that “Scotland’s reputation has been damaged for years to come” is perhaps emotionally an initial response, but you can see what the poor buggers mean.
Nazis (which is to say, all the observed classes of GramscoFabians) of course being what they are, dirty deals could well have been done in Westminster by Brown and his Junta, behind even the backs of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament (Nazis, all being lefties by definition, have no ultimate regard for “Teh Peepull” or even for “Teh Views of Teh Peepul’s Prep-presentatives” – whether those of its Reich or of any of its dependencies or GeneralAmte.)
Let is suppose for a moment that this sad event had occurred in the skies over a Libertarian Polity – whether or not “allied” to the USA, the home country of the affected airline, is of course important too. For the record, here, now, I don’t think the USA actually has ever had in its short life “allies” in the sense that Europeans, even Atlanticist ones like us, view “allies” – it has only “had” other nations in whose success or failure, against various third parties such as The Kaiser or Stalin or Krushcho-Brezniev***, it has had an interest for a short time. A very British position to take if I might say so now. But I go on:
There could be two strands of thought about the para-but-one-above. The polity could wash its hands of the whole affair…..(saying that there is no fundamentallly-important national interest of its own, involved here)….
……or it could say that since people’s lives, liberty and property had been destroyed, and in its front garden (whoever the destroyed people were and whosoever’s property that plane was) its Jihadist Duty ought to be to pursue the perpetrators to the ends of its strength.
I should hope that a libertarian administration would take the position that it ought to hound the perpetrators to within an inch of their lives – or better even than that. The “release on compassionate grounds” of a perpetrato
*** I have decided I like Mr Krushcho-Brezniev: he does it for me as a Leninist lamp-post-pianowire-label for our enemies, and so I will use him quite a lot from now on. I might even call him Mrs Annabelle Krushcho-BrezniPutin. Don’t go there.