In the absolute sanctity of each individual human life from the point of fertilisation to the point of natural death. In the constitutional and other ties among the Realms and Territories having the British monarch as Head of State. In the status of the English language (not instead of other local tongues rooted in the soil, but not subject to them, either), and the rights of its speakers both throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere. And in the rights of British-descended communities throughout the world.
Though occasionally inescapable to defend our people or territory, wars are colossally expensive to taxpayers. They embitter or entrench old enemies while creating new ones. They are massively disruptive of the moral and social order: everything to do with the Swinging Sixties really started during the War; we laugh now about the old ladies from whose pantries the Normandy Landings supposedly started, but it was and is no laughing matter. There is always a baby boom after a war, so after the War came the Baby Boom, still imposing itself economically, socially, culturally and politically, with no sign that it is going to stop any time soon.
Saving the Jews was no part of the motivation for the War at the time, and if it had been then the War would have been the most spectacular failure, even more than it was in any event when it ended with Poland handed over to Stalin. Stalin was plotting a pogrom at the time of his death, since anti-Semitism, which was the norm at every level in Britain, France and the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, remained so in the Soviet Union throughout that Union’s history. Nevertheless, there was anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism: the Holocaust, in which by no means all victims were Jews, could not have happened if the German public had not been distracted by the War.
But if by “the West”, you mean the rootless, godless, globalised, hypercapitalist, metrosexual wasteland of usury, promiscuity and stupefaction, then I hate it as much as does any Islamist. Including the Islamists to whom, whatever they may pretend, the neocons have been allied from 1980s Afghanistan through 1990s Bosnia to today’s Turkey, Kosovo, Chechnya, Saudi Arabia (whence came the 11th September 2001 attacks), Xinjiang and elsewhere.
Including by taking out the bulwark against them in Iraq, with that in Syria next on the hit list. Including in the form of Jundullah, the neocon-backed Islamist terrorists against the present government of Iran. Including in Libya, where the unelected Islamist government’s first act has been to legalise polygamy, starting as it means to go on. Including in “the Sixth Caliphate” of Tunisia, where Ennahda will govern either alone or in exactly the sort of Islamist-Leninist alliance that British neocons rightly castigated the Stop the War Coalition for being. And including by means of the capitalist system that cannot function without unrestricted global migration.
But if there are Russian Nazis, increasingly in Israel because at least they are not Arabs, then there may as well also be Persian Ba’athists. And there are. In fact, in backing both the PMOI and Jundullah, the neocons are backing both the Ba’athists and the Sunni Islamists in relation to the same country. But it is that country. So that’s all right, then. Isn’t it? Never mind that small parties and Independents have a great deal more ballot access in Iran than in many a United State of America.
The principle of the planned economy came down to the Attlee Government, via the Liberal Keynes and via Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from an ultraconservative Catholic, Colbert. The principle of the Welfare State came down to the Attlee Government, via the Liberals Lloyd George and Beveridge, and via the Conservative Governments of the Inter-War years, from an ultraconservative Protestant, Bismarck.
Both had and have much affinity with the socialisme conservateur by which Metternich sought to bind together the several classes and the many ethnic groups of the Habsburg Empire, against the German-nationalist bourgeois supremacism and triumphalism of the liberals in their secret societies, which logically went on to support the Nazis and which are now well-received by parties of government in Israel.
There was no Keynesian closed shop among economists in the 1970s, but those who screamed themselves to prominence on the claim that there was have now created a neoliberal closed shop with the catastrophic consequences that we now experience, and which we shall continue to experience while almost the only economics taught to undergraduates or published in peer-reviewed journals seriously maintains that the way out of recession is the State’s contrivance of even more unemployment and of even less spending power.
As we nurse our wounds, we shall remember those who pulled the triggers. But we must not forget those who loaded the guns, or those who manufactured the bullets. Nor will we.