Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: Seymour Pops a Happenstance for a Desideratum.
Seymour Cautiously Predicts Civil Strife in Middle East.
An elegiac Richard Seymour begins today by lifting out hearts.
“We face an absurd situation. A war that is already, on its face, a sort of defeat. Liberal and left intelligentsia once more carolling support for ‘humanitarian intervention’. From the political class, the feast of reason and the flow of the soul, as always. “
The “vim” , he discourses, that is ” impossible to fault as a desideratum.”
What else? Well, isn’t it about time – isn’t it always time? – to arm the rebels? The bearers of this slogan are a living illustration of an old axiom about the proximity of liberalism and ultra-leftism, for they are ultimately as dependent upon the happenstance benign behaviour of imperialist states as those who call for direct military intervention. And then, what else? A solidarity campaign. Fundraising, petitions, protests outside Downing Street, a workers’ convoy of aid to the Kurds. If the Iraqi left is non-existent, its working class weak, let the imperishable British left substitute for it.
Note: this looks very like (as Seymour would no doubt opine on imperishable reflection) a reference to the mass-line of Tendance Coatesy.
“And behold the mortal dread, the fear of the risen proletariat, in the looks of ISIS. “
By happenstance, perchance, mayhap…..mortally…..the sight of the “risen proletariat”….. after the crucifixions of ISIS…..?
Seymour continues, lugubriously,
I may sound frankly tired and cadaverously grim about the prospects, but don’t let that fool you: I very well am both tired and grim.
Note: Buy Seymour a copy of Fowler’s Modern English style with entries on elegant variation and inversion underlined.
It would be tone dumb, as well as in factual error, to counter this by saying that military action is illegal. No such axiom will do. The answer to the ridiculously simple slogans of humanitarian intervention cannot be shibboleths of our own.
Tone dumb indeed.
That copy of Fowler’s is winging its way already…..
The prospect which the British government is shamelessly vaunting, that they can defeat ISIS in three years, is about as believable as any other ‘cakewalk’ scenario….
The biscuit taken, the sonorous (perhaps I should say, orotund?) conclusion arrives.
“Civil war, then, in both Iraq and Syria, for the foreseeable future.”
As usual, I have no solutions.”