In his 1859 essay On Liberty, to which modern liberals pay homage, John Stuart Mill described the power of empire.
"Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians," he wrote, "provided the end be their improvement, and the means justified by actually effecting that end."The "barbarians" were large sections of humanity of whom "implicit obedience" was required.
"a triumph of Christianity and civilization" that was "clearly preordained in the sight of Providence".
"It's a nice and convenient myth that liberals are the peacemakers and conservatives the warmongers, but the imperialism of the liberal way may be more dangerous because of its open-ended nature ~ its conviction that it represents a superior form of life [while denying its] self-righteous fanaticism."
Blair's crimes are not unusual.
Since 1945, more than a third of the membership of the United Nations ~ 69 countries ~ have suffered some or all of the following:
They have been invaded,their governments overthrown,their popular movements suppressed,their elections subverted andtheir people bombed.
"If we have to use force," said Madeleine Albright, US secretary of state in the liberal administration of Bill Clinton, "it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future."
Syria is an enduring project. This is a leaked joint US-UK intelligence file:
"In order to facilitate the action of liberative [sic] forces... a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals [and] to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria.
CIA is prepared, and SIS (MI6) will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main [sic] incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals... a necessary degree of fear... frontier and [staged] border clashes [will] provide a pretext for intervention... the CIA and SIS should use... capabilities in both psychological and action fields to augment tension."
"It is highly likely that some western Special Forces and intelligence sources have been in Syria for a considerable time."
Israel, the violent creation of the west, already occupies part of Syria. This is not news: Israelis take picnics to the Golan Heights and watch a civil war directed by western intelligence from Turkey and bankrolled and armed by the medievalists in Saudi Arabia.
On 21 July, the Guardian commentator Jonathan Freedland warned that
In Anglo-American scholarship, influential theorists known as "liberal realists" have long taught that liberal imperialists ~ a term they never use ~ are the world's peacebrokers and crisis managers, rather than the cause of a crisis.
Laying out whole nations for autopsy, they have identified "failed states" (nations difficult to exploit) and "rogue states" (nations resistant to western dominance).