This is a MUST-READ, currently the most popular story, in popular Russian newspaper, Pravda. Check it out!
For me, the Pravda article makes a number of powerful points that do not appear to have been made as forcefully in the UK media? Of course, the Pravda article is also encouraging its Russian readership to laugh at David Cameron, discrediting the UK Government‘s views on Russian issues like human rights.
Let me turn this to an open question:
How accurate is Pravda’s portrait of David Cameron?
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Dr Alf asks an open question about David Cameron vis a vis the Pravda article which is pretty much on the money.
Whilst Russia’s record on human rights is poor, we (in the UK) have nothing to write home about either.
In 500 shootings by the police albeit in tense situations, not one policeman has ended up in court and convicted in my lifetime.
Iraq was clearly an illegal war and if Tony Blair was the leader of another country, we would no doubt want him tried as a war criminal complicit with Bush for the deaths of 775,000 people in a country which posed no threat to anyone.
In Libya Qaddafi, who Tony Blair once hugged in the desert, was tied up in the back of a pickup truck, beaten and then shot.
We know this from the graphic BBC television footage where one could see the bruises on his face and the physical pain his captors had inflicted upon him.
Our actions there, were supposedly to create “A humanitarian corridor and prevent Qaddafi from killing 8000 of his own people”.
Our air campaign killed a great many people, has resulted in the creation of a Fundamentalist Muslim regime which is hostile to our interests and was really about stopping Qaddafi promoting a new African currency based on a gold standard.
This is hardly an example of how someone, even someone as bad as Qaddafi, should be treated yet David Cameron seemed to be unfazed and some might say sanguine at the manner of Qaddafi’s demise.
Unlike the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya, the measures we took against Eoka terrorists during the 1950s, and the “Shoot to kill” policy in Northern Ireland, all of which are documented, in the public domain now that the British Government has been taken to court and found guilty in very expensive trials the UK is careful not to torture anyone directly.
Instead, it allows people to be “rendered”, taken away at gunpoint and flown to other jurisdictions where others can do the torturing on our behalf.
Then there was Dr David Kelly who supposedly managed to shoot himself from the front at point blank range but leave no fingerprints on the weapon. The verdict under the Hutton Inquiry was “suicide” which was clearly nonsense.
We should stop pretending that we are blameless people, with motives purer than the driven snow, good guys in “white hats” and that “Johnny Foreigner” is the only one guilty of human rights abuses.
David Cameron lectures people when it is not wise to do so (the Chinese) and when he is not able to back up his words with military force.
He expects others, like the US military to do things for him but then wants to take all the credit.
In Syria the US military, wisely saw the place as a quagmire and not in America’s best interests to involve itself.
He is also a warmonger, who wants to sack soldiers by the 1000, and then use others to do the fighting and dying.
Worse than that, with Afghanistan and our troops, he has broken the military covenant just as Blair and Brown did by not equipping our forces properly, failing to force local authorities to give them housing priority on their return to civilian life and allowing 50% of our “rough sleepers” to be ex forces people.
To my mind, he is devoid of honor and beneath contempt as well as being a loser of elections.
Rajipaska who is a ruthless but effective leader was right to send David Cameron away with the words “People in glass houses should not throw stones”.
We should send him away too with the words “Your fired” and not a penny in compensation.