“for neither conscious nor shame ought to have any influence upon you… those who obtain great power do so either by force or fraud, and having got them they conceal under some honest name the foulness of their deeds”. – Irving Kristol, quoting Machiavelli.
“There is little doubt that the suffering of the Syrian people caused by foreign bombing campaigns and the dark geopolitical designs which ultimately emboldened a lunatic dictator, sinks the hearts of Muslims around the world. Indeed, the historic Muslim support of Labour is in jeopardy if the party continues to obfuscate its position on clear Russian aggression in Aleppo. At the same time, it is important to recognise the hypocritical exploitation of opposition to this aggression by those with underlying toxic agendas. Ali and his counter-extremism consorts whom are agents for the neocon cold war side of the hot war taking place in the Middle East are certainly not people in whom hope for genuine humanitarian efforts can be placed.”
“for neither conscious nor shame ought to have any influence upon you… those who obtain great power do so either by force or fraud, and having got them they conceal under some honest name the foulness of their deeds”. – Irving Kristol, quoting Machiavelli
Lying and deception are traits ingrained in the post-modern political world we inhabit today. Worse still, is the continued unaccountability and societal indifference to the consequences of these traits. This remains the case despite wars initiated upon on blatant lies, ulterior motives and utter deception. The Iraq war comes to mind, however, it is frequently isolated as a case of bad planning and a blip in the normally “virtuous” causes of Western violence in the Middle East. Few recall that the massively delayed and strategically released (Jack Straw’s Brexit silver-lining) Chilcot report went through a sanitisation process with documents and correspondences blocked
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