An Islamic Nuclear/Cold War or a Libertarian future?

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  1. In relation to Iraq, and indeed the wider Middle East, the constant mantra that both Bush and Blair preach about endlessly is the need for unity – unity to form government, unity to restore peace, unity between Arabs and Israelis etc. As much as it pains me to say this, for once I actually agree with them and can see where they are coming from. But here I must add a caveat; they may get unity, but it may not be the unity they had bargained for, and it may not be on ‘their terms’.

    What they might get is another Saladin – a charismatic and aggressive ghost of history returned to life to wage war against the ‘Christian infidels’, once again. If we ever see the rebirth of a new Saladin he will undoubtedly bring unity – as in unity of all the differing Islamic faiths in a unity of opposition to the West.

    Somewhere in Iraq or Afghanistan there could be a homeless child, restless teenager, or dissatisfied soldier wandering about the rubble and picking up the broken limbs of his fallen brethren. Perhaps he will grow into a fearsome and ruthlessly driven man. Perhaps he might be able to do the seemingly impossible and persuade the embittered Sunnis and Shias to stop killing each other, and to direct their unified attention and strength elsewhere – to us?

    I admit that the above scenario is both far-fetched and highly unlikely, but in my defence, history does teach us to expect both bold and unpredictable events to happen at critical junctures in time.

    Consider this grim possibility – the rise to power of an Arabian Hitler.

    All the best,

    Steven McLaughlin

    Author of Squaddie – a soldier’s story
    Mainstream Publishing.

    It has been a real pleasure to receive a good old ‘ripping’ from some fellow soldiers once again – I really do miss that kind of squaddie banter – so bring it on! In my earlier email I was referring to events that might possibly pan out in the coming decades, most definitely not the immediate future, and certainly not in the ‘Blair era’ – though undoubtedly it will be a hangover from his political legacy.

    On the issue of politics, and don’t worry I won’t bore you with this one too much I feel I must make my position clearer; I am not, nor have I ever been, a left-winger of any sort. I am a Libertarian, as was the great Ronald Reagan privately, Governor Arnold Shcwarzeneger quite openly, and many other Conservative figures.
    As Libertarians we believe strongly in Conservative economic policies and passionately in Social freedom and equality – but not freedom in the left wing Communist sense. True freedom is the ability to live your life and run your business however you want to, with no government interferance whatsoever. Human beings don’t need intrusive government laws to tell them how to behave, what to think and how to say it – just so long as you don’t hurt anybody else or interfere with their liberty and freedom – go ahead and live your life as best you can, without fear or worry.

    Libertarians are extremely anti-political correctness and believe in the idea of small, as opposed to big, government. Don’t step on my shoes and I won’t step on yours, allow me to live in peace and don’t tax me to death for PC policies I don’t even support or believe in – that’s the Libertarian philosophy. Incidentally many soldiers express Libertarian values without even realizing it, and it is the fastest growing party in the USA as voters tire of ‘big government’ and hanker for personal responsibility.

    We are all individuals and as such are capable of achieving great things independently. We don’t need to listen to politicians constantly lecturing us that we are racist, homophobic, Islamiphobic or whatever. We are not, they’re the ones making a living out of dividing people and putting them into different special categories, imaginary victims of this and that alleged injustice.

    Ok – enough of my mad soapbox ranting, and you’re right – I do need to get out more!

    PPS: type the word Libertarian into Wikipedia, many of you will be pleasantly surprised and intrigued.
  2. Libertarian politics nice idea
    not really up to running a complex state and certainly not up to dealing and regulating large corparations
  3. hasnt this issue been dealt with in the fiction book 'invasion'
  4. I have a certain amount of sympathy with Libertarians, particularly those who are able to give a coherent rationale for their position and paint a clear vision of an Anarchist's utopia in the classic sense of the word (cf Nozick).

    However, problems with nothing but a night-watchman "state" seem insurmountable: libertarianism is very much a political theory for the strong. Those who are weak through no fault of their own get a very raw deal: there is no safety net for the disabled or mentally weak. Granted, the autonomy of the strong is promoted in a way that arguably no other political system can - but this comes at the cost of little protection for the rest (apart from a nod towards property rights and basic physical safety).

    It's not a knock-down set of considerations: ultimately, I don't want to live in a society that cannot coherently guarantee care for most of the blamelessly less-fortunate or ensure that the weak have a voice. Those with a different set of intuitions may well think that it's the way forward.
  5. libertarian noun 1 W*nker 2 W*nker 3 Er..thats it.
  6. Squaddie Author, a point of clarification:

    Saladin waged war against the Crusaders who had come to Islamic lands, he did not go into Christian Europe and kick off. Even so, the four years' truce was broken by Renaud de Chatillon and having conquered Jerusalem, his clemency to the defeated is the epitome of chivalry.

    These are two very different people you are describing, and we could do a lot better with a wise, educated and magnanimous leader, embodying all that is good in Islam like Saladin in charge of the ME.

    I understand what you are trying to say, but don't confuse or traduce the name of a true warrior with a demagogue who starts wars of aggression and attempts to kill off a people on an industrial scale.

    Cheers !
  7. Oh, and Spiffy : During all the first part of the Middle Ages, no other people made as important a contribution to human progress as did the Arabs, if we take this term to mean all those whose mother-tongue was Arabic, and not merely those living in the Arabian peninsula. For centuries, Arabic was the language of learning, culture and intellectual progress for the whole of the civilized world with the exception of the Far East. From the IXth to the XIIth century there were more philosophical, medical, historical, religious, astronomical and geographical works written in Arabic than in any other human tongue.

    Winnie wasn't always right.
  8. People who talk about Liberty do worry me.
    Aebiet mach Frei, was how one gang termed it.
  9. Sir Winston wrote that in the late 19th Century and he has proved correct.
  10. This is the ideal - the problem is there exists a primordial urge to tell others what to do now in this country. Don't smoke, don't hunt, don't drive big cars, don't tell offensive jokes, don't eat junk food, don't binge drink, don't where crosses to work - it's an unstoppable tsunami of thought coercion initiated by the government and whole heartedly supported by a population without any thirst for inidividual responsibility and self management. I don't see any fight for freedom as I understand the idea of freedom in this country - I see the opposite: a willingness to relinquish the right to make up your own mind and say what you think.

    PS: I read your book a few weeks ago - couldn't put it down. Fascinating.
  11. Libetarian ok if your rich or can be self sufficent other wise your screwed like a right wing anarchist nice pipe dream.
  12. Would a government hampered by a flat rate of tax be able to raise enough revenue to adequately fund the forces? I doubt it
  13. And here's what happens in the worlds foremost low tax economy healthwise

    Beeb article
  14. even in the states the freeways were built with public money not exactly a free market economy.
    flat taxes are favored by the rich and powerful did the politcal compass I come out as a libertarian socialist distrust banks and big corparations as much as I distrust big goverment.
  15. To Legionnaire

    Many thanks for your kind and supportive comments regarding Squaddie. As a first-time author it means an awful lot to me that you have taken the time and effort to read my book, but more importantly, you seem to have enjoyed it and found something positive within its pages.

    I am unsure if you’re a soldier (Legionnaire perhaps?) or a civilian, but whatever your profession, I thank you profusely and wish you the very best of luck in your endeavours.

    All the best,
    Steven McLaughlin
    Author of Squaddie – a soldier’s story.