By John Brindley
Imagine Britain in the grips of a bloody civil war….
It may seem an impossibly distant prospect as we prepare to eat strawberries at Wimbledon and sink cold beers watching the World Cup, but is it?
Just 12 months ago protestors marched in London as anger reached fever pitch over the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. https://metro.co.uk/2017/06/16/protests-take-place-across-london-as-anger-grows-over-grenfell-tower-fire-6714579/
And as recently as 2011 the country suffered its worst rioting and looting in decades in major cities including London, Birmingham and Nottingham. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-riots-events/timeline-riots-in-britain-idUSTRE77B1Z420110812
Now I’m not advocating a violent revolution. Absolutely not.
But it can be a valuable and enlightening exercise to turn world events on their head and ask ourselves a question: where would our loyalties lie if Britain turned into a mini Syria?
As social unrest develops into outright violence with shootings and rioting on our streets, the unpopular Government would be forced to act.
Then Prime Minister David Cameron ordered 16,000 police onto the streets of London in 2011 but what would the response have been had the violence continued for months rather than a few days?
News that the British Government is ‘killing its own people’ would spread to unfriendly parts of the international community.
Suddenly extremist factions who have begun the violence find unlikely allies in military forces from a coalition of countries. In return, a loyal ally comes to the Government’s aid and civil unrest becomes all-out war.
No doubt the loyalties of British people would be deeply divided. Many would stick by the Government and defend its own violence as ‘proportionate’, others would back the revolution and long for a new start.
But how many, I wonder, would be happy with the thought that the international community could install a government closer to its own interests in our sovereign land?
The image of people sipping coffee thousands of miles away coming to their own complacent conclusions wouldn’t help.
Being protected from seeing what is going on makes it far easier to make comments such as ‘civilian deaths are being kept to a minimum’ and ‘whether by force or not, this Government has to go.’
Frequent ‘news’ on their mainstream media showing the British army violently dealing with protestors would add to this fast-growing conviction.
Some might even smell a rat should it be revealed that the prime mover of this international community had drawn up plans to regime change Britain 20 years ago.
Could they, possibly, have stirred up this uprising for their own ends?
Those growing increasingly desperate as the fatalities and destruction continued on a daily basis could well sympathise when the Prime Minister declares that the international forces, apart from our ally, should go home and not fight with the ‘terrorists’.
Welcome to the world of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Without doubt there are question marks against him but, when he says Syrian people need to decide the future of their own state, it’s difficult to disagree.
The fact that we are insulated from the all-too-real horrors that are happening in Syria makes it so much easier for us to pontificate over the war in the same way as we spend hours talking about England’s prospects in Russia.
We are becoming more and more aware of the possibility of ‘fake news’ but there’s no urgency to do the research and find out where the balance of truth lies.
We need something to shake ourselves out of our complacency. For the sake of our largely peaceful population, I hope we never go through anything like the scenario I have highlighted.
Perhaps one day we will all come to the obvious conclusion: we have the same right in the UK to re-shape the future of Syria as they do to re-shape ours. None at all…..
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