As the enormity of the UN resolution hit home, the usual suspects in the press are ready to make political capital out of the decision to go to war. One good example is the Tim Montgomerie Blog here http://conservativehome.blogs.com/thetorydiary/2011/03/can-cameron-turn-a-diplomatic-triumph-into-a-military-success.html.
Unbelievably, the language is triumphalist at the great “Diplomatic Triumph” and commentators are now talking about “military success”. The article goes on to explain how skilled William Hague and David Cameron are, and that they were not incompetent in the way they have dealt with their foreign policy. A foreign policy that basically did not exist until 2 weeks ago.
William we now learn did not lose his mojo and we have all forgotten that Flashman Dave was being a second hand arms salesman just a few days ago.
Of course this article, and many others throughout the media like the Spectator, don’t even mention the wider picture. People being murdered in Bahrain for instance.
This article also now wants to go further and wishes to arm the rebels. This is a favourite way of dealing with the middle east. That is before we end up fighting the people we have armed years later when it all goes wrong.
It is the bigger picture that is missing here. All we are hearing is that Cameron won 10-0 in the UN security council.
I genuinely hope that the conflict is over quickly and the “no fly zone” works and prevents further bloodshed. But the underlying hypocrisy of our attitude to foreign policy and the inability to learn from history and see the wider picture is frighteningly present.
We, as a nation represented by the majority of our press, is just like it was before the Iraq war and every other conflict we have been involved with, almost jingoistic in tone, and the idea it will inevitably be a quick and overriding success. I hope they are right.
No doubt Cameron’s standing in the polls will increase and the triumphant noises of “political success” will continue over the coming weeks. He will not be the first Prime Minister to gain political capital from going to war, and sadly he is unlikely to be the last.