Friday, 30 August 2013
'At the conference table and in the minds of men, the free world’s cause is strengthened because it is just. But it is strengthened even more by the dedicated efforts of free men and free nations. As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” '
President John F. Kennedy 1961
Scared of the unknown consequences of punishing Assad for using chemical weapons the UK has voted against using military action. So what are the consequences of doing nothing?
The obvious consequence is Hezbollah or the Militant Muslimists getting their hands on them.
That it gives Assad the green light to continue using them on his own people and possibly Turkey.
It is reminiscent of -
"However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbor, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in war simply on her account."
Neville Chamberlain on Appeasement 1939 (who thought he had learned the lessons of World War 1)
The UK thinks it has learned the lessons of the Iraq war but it has forgotten the lessons of World War 2