So there we are being all powerful again. There we go showing the world that the UK is an almighty important country. War. That’s what power means to people. The decision to bomb other countries and to kill foreigners has been passed in the UK parliament. Not in my name.
Our standing as part of the UK – devalued and discoloured
One of the main tenants of the No Campaign was this idea that the UK would lose its international standing if Scotland left the union. This was to presume of course that our “standing” in the world was something worth keeping: surely it depends what you stand for rather than how high you stand?
The westminster parties, through the fog of war and the mist of time, see that the UK is somehow worthy of this status as a world power. This belief has come to the fore again with the UK parliament backing the UK’s involvement in the conflict in Iraq. At the moment, at least some small saving grace, is that Syria is a step too far.
This lust and desire for power is what lies at the heart of every modern day decision to send troops to war. Make no bones about it. The UK establishment is still power hungry, searching for it at every turn. To stand “shoulder to shoulder” with great powers must mean they are powerful too.
The Scottish nuclear question
This need for power goes a long way to explaining the blind westminster panic at the idea of losing a base for their weapons of mass destruction in Scotland.
A friend and fine journalist wrote an article in El Pias in which my opposition to nuclear weapons was mentioned. I stand by it and with every decision to go to war it is strengthened. The decision to rid Scotland of Europe’s largest nuclear arsenal was reason enough for me to support the yes campaign.
Power is defined by military might. 21st century power is linked to the ownership of nuclear weapons. It’s the power of fear. It’s the skinny kid in the play ground who has the big beefy brothers.
The decision to go to war is I believe for most, including even politicians, a moral one. Everyone should be entitled to their view. Reasons will be explained why “we have to go to war” but I don’t buy any of them. We can take a purely humanitarian role. We can use the diplomatic corridors. We can do all we can not to compound the problems with force.
I.S, ISIS, Islamic State or ISIL appear to be the most brutal of regimes. But a real, substantial, direct and sizeable threat for the UK? I really can’t see it. How many more OAPs will die of hypothermia in Scotland this winter than those UK citiznes directly or indirectly linked to ISIS? We have clear and present dangers affecting this land, ones that we can address, ones that we can solve. How about directing some of the spoils of power to target those ills?
The yes coalition parties in westminster voted against force.
“MPs voted by 524 to 43 to sanction the UK air strikes, limited to Iraq, with 69 MPs not voting. A total of 23 Labour MPs, five Tories and two Lib Dem MPs voted against UK action along with the SNP MPs and the Green MP Caroline Lucas” – The Guardian