The war drums are beating again. This time it’s Syria, laughably suspended by the Arab League for sins against democracy.
So Saudi Arabia, where most of the population can’t vote, women can’t go out on their own and people get stoned to death, can condemn Syria! Bahrain, where opponents of the unelected regime are shot and doctors who treat wounded demonstrators are imprisoned, can condemn Syria! Beware capitalist (and feudal) governments that talk about democracy. They don’t know the meaning of the word.
You don’t have to look far to see the hand of the US and Israel in this, ably accompanied by Cameron and Sarkozy. Turmoil in the Middle East is good for business, after all. If this were about democracy and human rights, the whole Arab League would be in the dock.
Syria is no threat to us or its neighbours. Hands off! ■