What is it with these past politicians rising up and dog-whistling to their fellow neocons in the current cabinet?
Tony Blair, the laughingly oxymoronically appointed “peace” enjoy to the Middle East has been off on a crusader tirade, defending the indefensible Iraq war by wanting more war in the Middle East. Even the child-snatching Borris Johnson called him mad and “unhinged”. However, this is merely but a reflection of his neocon tendencies which are coming to the fore: aggressive, belligerent foreign policy, destabilisation of resourceful countries, and elitist pockets lined at the expense of thousands of non-elitist, mainly Muslim lives.
Iraq was wholly an American neocon war. During the Iraq invasion, Blair was supporting neoconservatism and the aggressive foreign policy of the US. He was the lapdog of the US. During formative years of the US invasion of Iraq, US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, described as a “leading neoconservative”, pushed hard for a war in Iraq. Wolfowitz is the student of Leo Strauss, who is regarded as the father of neoconservatism and is referenced throughout Douglas Murray’s book, Neoconservatism: Why we need it. Wolfowitz was instrumental in defining Bush’s war tactics and had pushed for, for example, the doctrine of pre-emption during the Gulf war, which were sternly rejected then.
Those tactics, based on neocon signatures of lies and deceit resulted in a body count exceeding half a million in Iraq.
Whilst the gong of war is being played again, domestically, the neocon threat remains like a tumour: growing like a cancer and slowly killing Britain and her values.
Over the past couple of years, the UK public has been exposed to revelations of mass surveillance, webcam hacking and liberty-eroding laws such as the anti-terror legislation and policies like Prevent and the Channel Programme which have created a public surveillance state. With the focus of these being the Muslim minority, not much has been said to challenge these violations of “inalienable” rights. However, as the broader populace, outside the Muslim minority, begins to feel the breadth and reach of these draconian measures, there has been a measured voicing of these concerns. The application of the anti-terror legislation as a means of suppressing government scrutiny is a case in point.
With the voices around ISIS, which has been allegedly trained by the US, becoming hardened and the “experts” providing the supporting “blowback” chorus, once again an exaggerated “threat to Britain” is being architected by the neocons, providing a pretext to increase state power against the people.
Liam Fox the Extremist
The appropriately-named Liam Fox, has weighed into the issue of protecting against the state, in what can only be described as dictator demagoguery. Playing on the fear created by the mass media, Fox stated,
“…do the powers they have reflect the increasing [threat]? You’ve got people in the light of Snowden saying that the state has too many powers and we have to restrict the powers of the state… The whole area of intercept needs to be looked at. We have got a real debate, and it is a genuine debate in a democracy, between the libertarians who say the state must not get too powerful and pretty much the rest of us who say the state must protect itself.”
Presumably, by the “rest of us”, he is referring to the neocons currently in the government who have already institutionalised apartheid surveillance policies against the Muslim minority. Human rights were developed against the backdrop of the Nazi genocide of the Jews. It was precisely developed to prevent abuses of power by the State and the International treaties pertaining to human rights have well-defined inalienable rights which explicitly the State cannot derogate from even in the case of national security (detention without trial, for instance).
Extremism is active opposition to British values, as defined by PREVENT strategy; British values include human rights. Liam Fox is a governmentally-recognised extremist.
Liam Fox the Warmongering Neocon
He is a contributory factor to the current politicisation of the Charity Commission, which has become an arm of the neocons to flex their muscles on Muslim charities. In a previous blog I wrote that,
“…the appointment of the right-wing neocon William Shawcross came on the back of severe criticisms being levelled at right-wing think-tanks by the Charity Commission. Atlantic Bridge is another right-wing think-tank set up by neocon extraordinaire Liam Fox as well as Michael Gove and George Osborne. It came under fire for want of neutrality and having a political purpose (it promoted Atlanticism which is similar in many ways to the Henry Jackson Society…). The then chair of the Commission Dame Suzi deregistered the charity…
“This created a furore amongst the Conservatives and at the end of Dame Suzi’s tenure as the chair, Shawcross was maneuvered-in and a coup of the CC board members was instigated.”
During his tenure as Secretary of State for Defence (2010-11), he was forced to resign due to his close relationship with an unelected friend who was involved in his business and political activities. However more interestingly, this exposed his links to American neocons. His think-tank, Atlantic-Bridge, had on its board, the anti-Muslim neocon Michael Gove and George Osborne; people connected to US neocons, lobbyists and lawyers who were in turn linked to the defence industry. The then shadow defence secretary, Jim Murphy, referring to Fox’s “irregular” liaisons, stated that,
“This crisis has discovered traces of a stealth neocon agenda.”
Fox’s connections ran deeper into the defence industry with his close friend who lived with him during his tenure with his costs being covered by taxpayer money, setting up meetings for the Ministry of Defence. It was reported at that time that Fox’s friend, Adam Werritty, had links to Mossad as well. According to the Guardian, Werritty,
“was funded by a raft of powerful businessmen including Michael Hintze, one of the Tories biggest financial backers whose hedge fund, CQS, has investments in companies that have contracts with the Ministry of Defence; Poju Zabludowicz, chairman of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, who chairs a US munitions company; and the Good Governance Group, a private security firm set up by a South African businessman, Andries Pienaar, who also has an investment firm, C5 Capital, focused on the defence sector.”
Atlantic Bridge had formed a partnership with American Legislative Change Council. Its funders included weapons and oil interests. It was also heavily funded by the Koch Charitable Foundation whose founder, Charles G Koch, is one of the most generous donors to the Tea Party movement in the US, an extremist organisation which was strongly influencing the EDL movement here in Britain.
Warmongering blusterers are back in full swing and are singing from the same neocon, Straussian-inspired hymn-sheet. There are key interests at stake here; increased security spending will result in key defence sector beneficiaries linked to Fox possibly benefiting.
Fox’s suggestion however should be regarded as a warning-siren for the people of Britain. Based upon deception and distortions the neocons are perpetuating their distorted policies domestically as well as internationally to maintain the atmosphere of fear, making draconian neocon policies easier to push through. Human rights for neocons are an obstacle to their policies and increased, invasive powers. The proponents of “British values”, like Michael Gove, are in fact the ones waging a war against them. This is as per their neocon philosophy which foxes like Fox live by:
“Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat… Following Machiavelli, he maintained that if no external threat exists then one has to be manufactured (emphases added)… Perpetual war, not perpetual peace, is what Straussians believe in… [this translates into] aggressive, belligerent foreign policy… They really have no use for liberalism and democracy, but they’re conquering the world in the name of liberalism and democracy.”