DEMOCRATS, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

At this moment in time the government of Syria is regarded as a very bad thing by the democratic peoples of the world. And the truth is they are. But, prior to the revolution now taking place in that country, Syria was regarded by the same democratic nations as the most enlightened of Muslim countries because of its tolerance of all religions and because of its support of learning and intellectual debate which, again, was relatively far greater than any other Middle Eastern country, including Israel. However, we have decided that the evils of the Syrian dictatorship outweighs all other considerations, even our own national interests.

But this is hypocrisy. Yesterday, on the BBC News, I watched something that made me feel sick to the core. It was an interview with the Mayor of Birmingham, who was praising the Chinese government and excusing their evil, which is far worse than anything the Syrian government ever got up to, simply because the prime minister of China had visited his city and agreed to invest heavily in their at present devastated car manufacturing industry. Basically, this local politician was putting the prosperity of his city's workforce before all other considerations.

I am a socialist and I am a true socialist because I am an international socialist. The workers of the world are my brothers and sisters. Socialism that is concerned only with the enrichment of the working classes within its own national borders, without sacrificial concern for workers outside of its borders is national socialism and that is fascism.

We should not have invited the Chinese leader to our country and we should not do business with China until its government has adopted a standard of ethical behaviour that is acceptable. That does not have to be full democracy, but it does have to be a form of governance that doesn't suppress, to the point of unfair imprisonment and even massacre, its own citizens. We should pursue this policy whatever it costs us and our people. If you study the Gospels you will not find Jesus saying "do not' followed by the word "unless."

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DEMOCRATS, WE HAVE A PROBLEM — 11 Comments

  1. I saw a piece on Russia Today that said how Europe might embrace China and its economic help. I must say it worried me considerably for exactly the reasons you give.

  2. I worry about China as well. I think Syria’s a case of a highly civilised country which has been knocked sideways by the events of the 20th Century. The result is that the Assads have been able to take over. I just pray that the people will be able to shrug them off and get back to where they ought to be!

  3. Truly excellent:

    “The workers of the world are my brothers and sisters. Socialism that is concerned only with the enrichment of the working classes within its own national borders, without sacrificial concern for workers outside of its borders is national socialism and that is fascism.”

  4. Oh, ok, but what happens when people say “Keep your religion out of politics”? Some people say “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries”; how is this different?

  5. And you are indeed a true socialist; you get all your money from government but give nothing back.
    If you disappeared from the face of the Earth tomorrow the net loss to the economy would be zero. Whatever happened to “Let those who will not work, not eat”?

  6. I don’t get any money from welfare whatsoever. I was entitled to it but chose not to take it. Which makes me a righteous person and you a complete twat, troll.

  7. Actually, troll, whilst you are hanging around sliming up the place, make yourself useful and try and throw some light on my question of the day. The ladies think the answer is too much testosterone. I tend towards believing you all suffer from a psychotic illness. What do you think? Do you take medication or are otherwise treated for a mental health problem?

  8. You can’t judge a human being’s usefulness by his contribution to the economy. Actual economic theory is far more complex than that, and humans, being more complex than the so-called “lower” animals, are more than what they consume and excrete. The utilitarian argument has been used as the basis for human governance – and shown ultimately as unhelpful – for centuries; it was feudal system, the Victorian system of workhouses, Stalinist governance. It’s nothing new, nor is it at all useful.