When military force is an option

What I am about to say might shock some regular readers of this column. I am sorry, but in my view the time for political correctness and soft politics is over. The events of last week must surely have convinced other liberals that perhaps the approach we have taken until now needs to change. When a country’s authorities show total disregard for the generally accepted norms of the international community and treat representatives of our own nation with not just disrespect but violence and the world does nothing, I believe that a military response can not, indeed must not be ruled out. I think it is time to invade Croatia.

Last week’s decision by UEFA to rule against our country was, for me, the last straw, the final insult added to the injury of an act of aggression on the part of Croatian police and football authorities against the peace-loving football fans of England abroad (also known as the “charming army”). Yes, Croatia was ruled against too, and yes, our own football authorities maintain diplomatic ties with the country, but I think our point would be better made with a sustained cluster-bombing campaign than empty appeasement. Remember: Chamberlain also wanted to talk to Hitler. There are those who talk of the need to win the hearts and minds of the Croatian people. But I say that time is over. There is clear evidence that Croatia has considerable links to a larger network, known as “Europe”, an organisation that is undoubtedly connected with what has become known as ‘Operation Disappearing Ball’ which had such a devastating effect on our own defence in the goal. And let us never forget that Portugal also has long had ties to Europe. But, as my English friend keeps reminding me, the less said about that the better.

There are other countries that are just gagging for regime change. Malawi, for instance. They have been getting altogether too cocky. Last week they had the gall to suggest that our own adopted daughter, Madonna Louise Ciccone, was not within her rights to circumvent their legal procedures (Madonna maintains quite sensibly that countries like Malawi have no laws for such complex western concepts as child custody) in adopting a Malawian orphan. Human rights groups have even been so low as to point out that the orphan has a father (which admittedly does weaken the definition somewhat). But this time the media have missed the point. It’s not like this orphan is the daughter of a Muslim man living abroad who has embraced her father’s faith and does not wish to return to her mother in the UK—this is actually complicated. In this case we should hold back from shouting ‘evil child-abducting monster-parent!’. There is nothing sinister or disturbing about what has happened. I for one look forward to a day when boatloads of black children from underprivileged backgrounds are shipped to America and the UK for a better life. On a farm. Or even a plantation.

In other news last week, George W Bush is apparently “not satisfied” with the situation in Iraq. Well, gosh. There’s a statement. That man has vision. And yet, after all he and his family have done for the people of Iraq, the government there still seems to be ungrateful. Bravo to President Bush for saying to Iraq’s leaders that “America‘s patience is not unlimited,” a view that I am sure has escaped many in the Middle East. What Iraq and Afghanistan need to remember is that if they do not toe the line, we will have no choice but to invade.


3 Responses

  1. I’m confused about your site. Are you political, Christian, or a political Christian. I’d guess the latter. Interesting nonetheless.


  2. Perhaps the point is that you can be a Christian with political views.

  3. IMHO there’s a very thin dividing line between religion and politics, but let’s not go there – I don’t want to start a flame war.

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