The International Community is posturing over a number of events relating to Iran, Zimbabwe, Burma or some other unfortunate people on a daily basis.
The Grand Old Dame of Fife in his efforts to look macho feels the need to lie down legs in the air to satisfy Bush and Co.
Soon, we can expect to see the EU, speaking with one voice under Blair, calling for more Liberal Intervention without as much as by-your-leave to the people who supply the canon fodder for these mad adventures.
The following was originally posted on the, now defunct, site hosted by Mr Pike Bishop.
Looking over it I can see that 18 months on things don't change much.
'Dear Agony Aunt, how can I become part of the International Community?
Spent a long time abroad. I was part of the International Community.
Lots of Cockney barrow boys, lots of Yanks, lots of Froggies, lots of other foreigners.
One time we counted 13 different nationalities in the local pub - all speaking English.
Came back here. Found that I was no longer part of the International Community.
"Once again North Korea has defied the will of the international community, and the international community will respond,"
Aha. Now I know.
'"But the international community is running out of time because soon its own credibility in terms of enforcing its own resolutions will be (...) a matter of question," said Rice, who is pressing for sanctions.'
(The Straw Man picked a babe; looks wonderful in a sheer veil and cilice, I bet.)
Then I saw that Hazel Blears was the one in command for that day. 'Android of the Year' award to follow.
' One of those factors is supporting the rest of the international community to tackle terrorism.'
Please help me, I didn't say any of these things but my Government has said them for me.
What can I do?
Is there any hope for me, I appear to be dis-enfranchinternationalcommunitised.
There is no hope. Or, is there?.
Well, yes and no.
There is no hope when we leave it to our 'elected' leaders. They are going to do what they want regardless of our wishes.
On the other hand, our Little International Community functioned quite well without the interference of Politicians.
It included some Koreans (they loved whisky) as well as an Iranian (he loved the local chicks and I really enjoyed going 'round for round' with him as he didn't drink alcohol).
I lived with an American Quaker lassie and my best buddy was a Yankee who made MisterD seem positively wishy-washy pinko.
We even had an unfortunate guy, with 'bad stomach' problems, who was known as 'The Japanese Sniper'.
(You can't see him but he is deadly at 500 paces).
Yet another motley crew. Fine.
Point is that that we managed to come to equilibrium without resorting to threats or sanctions or actual attacks.
Is it too much to ask our government to speak with us before acting on our behalf?.
Or, is International agreement only possible for us people who don't know any better?.'