The recent debate over supporting US policy of seemingly encouraging IS/Daesh to create a constant need to surveil our own populations certainly complicates. Fact is getting everyone’s internet browsing seems even if it is ever shown to be effective to be more a policy of domestic control than a series attempt to stop Terrorism. A woefully expensive and ineffective use of money.
In the UK for instance NHS ‘reform’ and costs of Govt backed fraud [PFI] have killed 10s of 1000s. Thus spending Billions to prevent even a Paris attack every few years seems ridiculous especially when getting genuine intelligence and legalised specific surveillance is arguably cheaper and far more effective.
That even if the US decided to get rid of Daesh tomorrow as most reckon it could would that even change the terror threat here? These attacks generally speaking will involve locals and be planned locally. The idea some IS guys walk off an airplane get guns and explosives, and kill loads walking streets they do not know is a low risk if you think about it.
BBC woman at the 10th anniversary of RT apparently got shouted down by Political bully George Galloway when she claimed ‘impartiality’. Now like a watch that loses a minute a day George is infrequently right but here he nails it.
If Impartiality is having the often over-lapping frequently idiotic positions of the Govt and Opposition [Lab Con] then it’s still not impartial favouring the Govt and even then it’s said Conservative led Govt over Labour. Take Syria we had the ‘Stop the War’ Corbyn and the bomb cos America says so positions, both dumber than a box of rocks. We may mock FOX News but if you watch it you know where it’s coming from there is no faux conceit at even accuracy.
Whereas BBC & ITN’s complete bias in favour of often 2 narrow positions say Austerity & Austerity Lite [Con Lab’s latest idiocies] which correspond with virtually no economists positions is impartial or just dumb?
Sadly incompetence in many ways is not a vote killer. You have to do it the right way and on issues that actually do not matter and will yield no negative headlines – by having a compliant media who get paid by the same people as yourself.
Since 9-11 Terrorists in the USA have killed a ~100 people. ~200,000 have been murdered. Yet lots of money is spent on the former. Oil security is hardly an issue at $40 a barrel and Iran back in the game. Indeed this ‘whatever it takes except actually doing anything but bombing’ attack on Daesh approaches absurdity when one sees our allies funding and supporting them and we have to listen to spokespeople for JP Morgan [Mr Obama] and HSBC [Mr Cameron] make speeches about defending our way of life….. Whilst systematically dismantling it in favour of a police state! Ditto this week will see loads of Tories in Wellies never mind the flood defences they have stripped resources from.
Sadly alpha male shots of determined men work better than competent prevention and Govt. Take Climate Change and warming where US Republicans and UK Conservatives primarily but not exclusively would rather take money now for themselves and hope that Science is wrong even as the chances of that diminish.
The real frightening question is do the majority of people actually think Govt is benign and interested in protecting them? Or are we too lazy as a populace to change? Too defeated? Uncaring as it won’t affect us much?
We’re the pennywise poundfoolish ones in reality.
As Labour in the UK showed the definition of a left party is “the most left wing right wing party that has been about for a 100 years”. They mostly offer in UK or France or arguably the USA (more complex) the same WEF/Bilderburg diktats as the often called Conservative party does but throw the dog [the poor] a bone occasionally at least until they have to use the wealth for wars or to bale out their pals.
It’s why I oppose them. They’re a conceit. Look at Labour high handedly lauding it over the Liberals in Coalition tempering Govt policy and then voting with the Govt for the undiluted shit when the real enemy another 2nd party not in play. This Corbyn wrinkle won’t last and has even greater downside with no upside as Venezuela and Tspiras show – the whiff of incompetence the kicker.
The Left of these ‘left’ parties have nothing to offer as presently organised. They offer self righteous hypocrisy and short termism. They offer no original thinking just ritual, log held beliefs and claptrap. The Right of these parties as Hilary Benn’s disingenuous call for bombing shows are possibly worse people but less incompetent.