Monday, September 24, 2012

Another dumb idea

Hot on the heels of the US's brilliant idea that we should play host to US troops in exchange for them dragging us into more of their wars comes another dumb idea: the UK thinks we should share diplomatic missions overseas. Again, I have to ask: what's in this for us? And again, it seems like a shit deal. To point out the obvious, our diplomatic interests are dramatically different from those of the UK. We want peace. They want American wars. We want human rights. They collaborate in American torture. We want a robust system of international law. They don't want Tony Blair to go to jail for war crimes. So why the hell do they think they'd make good representatives of our interests? And why the hell do they think we would want to be publicly identified - with all the danger that implies for us when we travel overseas - with America's chief toady?

Its a dumb idea. But I guess that's what happens when you have a senile nation obsessed with its past imperial glory and with annoying its European neighbours.