Tag Archive for Libya

Why voting matters

Lord Soley

This picture and story is for anyone who can’t be bothered voting. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/23/tunisians-flock-to-vote-free-elections A Palestinian Party member in my old constituency was close to tears when he voted for the first time in his life having gained British nationality – rather like the woman in the story. I have acted as an international observer in…

Armed forces and Defence Review

Lord Soley

I think the Government is flying on a wing and a prayer with their determination not to re visit the Strategic Defence Review. It was carried out soon after the Government took office and it was done with indecent haste but the retrenchment of the western powers, the financial problems and the instability in the…

Gaddafi and Bin Laden

Lord Soley

Reading Baroness Murphy’s post on Bin Laden and Gaddafi below makes me think we have lived so long in relative peace in this country that we have forgotten the danger posed by extreme dictators. So here are some questions to my good colleague: Bin Laden was “murdered” was he? Can you explain how you know…

Murderous strategies

Baroness Murphy

So Osama Bin Laden is dead, killed by an American military squad. What has been achieved? A demonstration of US power?  Yes.  Revenge for the Twin Towers? Yes, but revenge doesn’t help anyone, it leads to further counter revenge incidents. It doesn’t help the grieving relatives of atrocities; their grief can only be assuaged by…

Libya and regime change

Lord Soley

At last! I feel as though I have been a lone voice calling for the international community to accept the principle of removing the most brutal dictators from power – or regime change as it is now called. Now it seems to be increasingly accepted as the statement from Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron indicate. As…