Saturday, 16 September 2017

It’s not bad enough yet


 I was going to write about something else this week. I had something almost ready about Jacob Rees-Mogg’s views on theology. But then I saw that he had ruled himself out from being leader, no doubt because of his views on theology. Maybe at a later date I will discuss those views. I think there is an interesting rational argument to be had about the subject. But why stick your neck out. It’s not bad enough yet.


 Every other day now North Korea either has a new test for a new sort of nuclear weapon or else it sends a rocket over Japan. Kim Jong-un is the Little Engine that Could. He’s little and a little round and he can. Everybody gets very angry about this and makes all sorts of threats. But nothing is going to happen until and unless he does. If any sort of nuclear weapon actually lands on American territory or the territory of an ally then there will be a nuclear response. But until and unless that happens Mr Kim knows that he can pretty much do as he pleases. The Chinese don’t want to see a unified Korea, so they will do nothing. The Russian’s chief foreign policy goal is to do the opposite of what the Americans want and so they will do nothing. Mr Kim wants attention and perhaps needs it and so he will throw his rockets out of his pram, but the game requires that he doesn’t go too far. The only problem is if he miscalculates. What if one of his rockets accidentally lands in Japan? Is there a response then? But fundamentally until the situation gets bad enough the Americans will do nothing. It’s not bad enough yet. I think it has to get very bad indeed before any sort of military action is taken against North Korea. So Mr Trump’s threats are probably empty, just as Mr Kim’s rockets are empty. The game is very dangerous indeed, but for the moment that’s all it is.

The same logic applies to our domestic security situation and the situation of every other Western European Country and indeed the United States. Here we face a situation that is much more dangerous than North Korea, but here too it isn’t bad enough yet.

Every now and again for the last while we turn on the news to find there has been another terrorist incident somewhere in Europe or the United States. We’ve had big ones (9/11) and small ones (Parson’s Green) and medium ones (e.g. Nice).  But none of these are bad enough. What we always get afterwards is the same meaningless words from politicians and the same meaningless gestures. The Eiffel Tower is lit up with the colours of another country’s flag. Scared people tell other scared people that they are not scared. We promise that we won’t give in to terrorism while trying to modify what we say and do in order not to provoke it. None of these things do any good whatsoever. We’ve even ceased to listen to what the politicians say as we already know what they said last time and what they will say next time.

The problem is this. Just as Jacob Rees-Mogg has to rule himself out of being Tory leader for telling the truth about his views, so all of us have to rule ourselves out of membership of polite society if we tell the truth about the nature of the problem and provide solutions that might actually solve it. It’s not bad enough for us to do this and so we say nothing.

There is an unforgivable sin in the modern western world. Because of this unforgivable sin most people go to great lengths to prove that they are not sinners. The unforgivable sin is so awful that I dare not even name it. I can blaspheme against the Holy Spirit with impunity, but we all know that certain words and certain truths may not be said in modern Britain. The reason they may not be said is that it isn’t bad enough yet.

Since Scottish politics became a dead issue not worth writing about I have spent the whole summer trying to explore the fundamentals of politics. Our problem is that we have turned equality into a God that must be worshipped at all costs. It means that whenever we face a situation that requires discrimination we fail to discriminate. We may start off with the best of intentions, after all we all want to be treated fairly, but we end up ignoring real difference. There is a real difference, for instance, between men and women. We are all of us who are not blind and unable to touch fully aware of it. But the logic of the equality lobby leads to children of six being told that this difference is not real and that girls and boys are interchangeable at will. The truth remains the truth and reality remains reality. The foundation of human society is the real difference between men and women. Throw away that foundation at your peril. Men and women want different things and to an extent we think differently and are often good at different things. Treat us fairly by all means but don’t ignore the reality of our difference.

There is likewise a difference between the duty I owe to my family, my fellow citizens and the duty I owe to people in general. These are real differences. I do not have a duty to ruin my own country in order to save the people of another. We are not equal.

When we turn equality into the thing to be worshipped at all costs, the cost in the end is Parsons’s Green. Discriminate has become a bad word. Not the worst of words of course, but bad enough. But really it means to recognise a distinction. People are different. Of course there are fundamental characteristics that we share with people the world over. But anyone who has travelled realises that there is a distinction between my society and your society, my culture and your culture. This is a real distinction. The attempt to erase this distinction because of equality is leading the West to disaster. Many people on the Left because of their belief in equality are trying in effect to create a world without borders. The result will be very bad indeed. It already is pretty bad as you may have noticed in the last five years or so. It may get much worse.

Can anything be done? Possibly. The most important step is to leave the EU. This makes Parliament sovereign and gives us the power to elect politicians who will do what it takes to make our country safe. It also gives us the power, if we choose to exercise it, to act in the interests of our own citizens rather than the citizens of the whole world. We must have no foreign court telling us what to do. The problem is that whenever a country attempts to do what is necessary to make itself safe (e.g. Poland, Hungary etc.) other countries condemn them for failing to share in our common danger. Each of our European countries ought, after all, to be equally dangerous otherwise we sin against the God of Equality.

Will anything be done? Probably not, at least not yet. I think it probably needs a plane to fly into the Houses of Parliament and for that plane to be packed with radioactive material or else some form of chemical or biological weaponry. Such a plane could easily have been flown on September 11th 2001 in which case it might have killed 100,000 people rather than 2996. That would probably have been bad enough. In that case our politicians would not have gone on about what this had nothing to do with. Rather they would have solved the problem. We wouldn’t have had any choice. But this won’t happen, not yet anyway, because it’s not bad enough.  
   

5 comments:

  1. I think the North Koreans would not trust themselves enough to launch a nuclear missile. Lots of their missile launches have gone badly. Could you image one going wrong with a nuclear head on it.

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  2. During WW2, when the Italians entered into the war on the side of Germany, an aide to Winston Churchill asked "what should we do about the Italians living in Britain, sir?". His response was immediate: "collar the lot of them!". They were then interred in fairly humane conditions until the end of the war or until it could be demonstrated beyond doubt, on a case by case basis, that individuals were of no threat to the state. And, contrary to popular beliefs relating to internment these days, we didn't face a subsequent terrorist backlash - no one got bleach in their ice cream or poison in their chips.

    I watched a Scotland Yard detective last night saying that 500 plots are under surveillance at any given time. He said it isn't possible to watch 3000 known terrorists and a further 20,000 known terrorist sympathisers all of the time. I agree. So, lock them up. You don't have to spend millions sneaking around spying on people when you've got them under lock and key. Moderate, peaceful Muslims have nothing to fear - and may even applaud the internment of the nutbags amongst them who bring shame upon good Muslims and their religion.

    It is the only practical way forward.

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  3. Actually, I think the event that might send everything over the edge might be something that at first seems quite insubstantial. Remember that the first world war was started with the assassination of a fairly minor aristocrat.

    There's a quantitative as well as qualitative element to this situation - the straw that breaks the camel's back might be one of the smaller ones.

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  4. In 2002 George Robertson was discussing how NATO would ally itself with the new Russia. In 2003 the Anglo-American Alliance forced Regime Change onto Iraq in the name of Democracy. No sooner were the pieces of that war being picked up by the new 2008 US President so recently awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, than that same President fomented the Arab Spring in the name of Democracy.

    National Democracies should start and end at their own borders, even if they have to build a wall around themselves to stop themselves constantly and bloodily interfering in the affairs of others.

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  5. I just thought I'd pop in to wish everyone, including our nationalist lurkers, a very happy Union Day. 3 years. Has it really been that long? Feels like 3 weeks. I must be getting old.

    The nats are riding a bit of a wave right now. They are cheered by polling figures that show the SNP to be doing better than expected. In their book, this counts as a victory, of sorts. But we patriots know what a real victory is and what it feels like. Today we celebrate the result of the only poll that mattered. So raise a glass, should you have the time, and toast our glorious union and the defeat of provincial nationalism!

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