Let me try to put his in context…
In the next few days the USA military will launch an attack on Syrian army bases. This will not be merely symbolic but real. But it won’t amount to very much
The reason for this attack is said to be righteous outrage against Assad’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. This use is verified and we have the pictures to prove it: so now we enjoy a unanimity of condemnation which extends even to that moral squalor which goes by the name of The Guardian.
All “civilised” and “democratic” and “liberal” opinion agrees that Assad must be punished
And – Guardian readers all – rest assured Assad will be punished
Assad will receive the unbearable punishment of the slap on the wrist
The world’s media will look at the TV footage of the CIA’s drone attacks, cruise missiles, fast jet fighter-bombing and so on – and sit back with satisfaction
Assad’s chemical weapons attacks have nothing to do with the real-politic that pertains in the Middle East
Let’s instead look at the reality.
Israel last week launched an attack on a Syrian military airbase,
Ben Netanyahu followed up this attack by saying (in effect): “We did this because the base we attacked was full of Iranian Republican Guard, and we will not tolerate a strong Iranian presence on the borders of Israel. Do something, Donald – or we will”
So Donald will “do something” amounting to doing nothing
In this way the cowardly West continues to dig its own grave