Thursday, June 20, 2013

Huge! Libertarian - Conservative divide opening up in UK over Syria intervention: Cameron and the Tories want to send Troops, UKIP Libertarians staunchly oppose policy of siding with Islamists?

Better to side with the seculars who support "women, ethnic and religious minorities" than Islamists who want to impose Sharia

Editorial, Paul Nuttall, currently deputy leader of the UK Independence Party and MEP for England North West,, "We need to keep out of Syria - No good can come of an intervention in Syria, argues UKIP's deputy leader":
if you ask the question: would women, Christians and ethnic minorities be better off under a secular Assad regime or under extreme Islamists who are currently seeking a foothold there? We already know the answer. The nation of Syria has had a long tradition of Sunnis, Shia, Alawite, Christian, Armenians, and Jews, all living together in peace. 
Assad has many faults but he has long defended the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities within the borders of his country. It is a simple fact, that after the fall of Arab dictators like Gaddafi, Hussein, Mubarak etc, the situation for women and Christians in the Arab world has sharply deteriorated. 
These Arab strongmen lost power to Islamist extremists. The conflict in Syria, in a very broad brushstroke, is between those who want to see a tolerant Syria where everyone has a place and a divided Syria dominated by those with connections to or sympathy for Al Qaeda. The CIA has stated that a number of groups fighting on behalf of the rebels are linked to Al Qaeda, and the Iraqi government has confirmed that Al Qaeda fighters have crossed the border from northern Iraq to take up arms on behalf of the rebels. 
If Cameron's scheme comes to life, the British people would be arming Islamists and terrorists who could possibly attack British soldiers in the future. Have we learnt nothing from what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq? I think it is about time we did.
Read the full editorial at the link above. 


luca panico said...

The true libertarians are non interventionists. Good Nigel Farage and Ukip

Gary said...

Meanwhile the Democrats and Republicans are runnung guns and funding Syrian Islamists.

mitsukurina said...

I wouldn't describe this as "huge". Also, its not accurate to say that the Tories favour intervening -- not all do by a long mark.

Eric Dondero said...

True libertarians are anti-Islamist. You cannot be a libertarian and be pro-Sharia Law.

Intervention vs. non-intervention is not the issue. Is soft on Islamism vs. fighting back.

mitsukurina said...

Very few Tories are soft on islamism then; the only one I can think offhand of is Baroness Warsi -- she is corrupt and (also) soft on islamism.

While I don't favour intervention -- I am sure that the jihadists will try to use whatever the West does be it intervention or non-intervention to gain converts.

Rational Nation USA said...

Syria's issues are Syria's... They are not the issue of another nation or nations.

Nonetheless the West (the USA as well as others) will undoubtedly determine that somehow Syria's internal fight is ours as well.

Will the West ever learn? Likely not, unfortunately.