The Times ran this Cartoon on August 18, 2016 – even before the poor lad has had a chance to get his feet under any useful desk.
It does pose a serious question…
Would a dialogue with Muslim Extremists really be out of the question?
Between the 1800s and the signing of the Good Friday agreement….. for well over 100 years……Irish nationalists (considered at the time to be barbaric) were treated as ‘beyond the pale’ by much of the British press.
But in the background, people on both sides actually talked to each other…. ultimately with a ‘Result’ in the Good Friday Peace Agreement.
Now, as reflected in a Blog last January, the Syrian civil war is even more complicated than the goings-on in Ireland…..with at least eleven separate interests (Assad Regime, Syrian Rebels, USA, Turkey, Russia, Iran, ISIS, Israel. UK, France, Saudi Arabia…….) all working viciously for their own ends
Yes; some of the preachings and actions of the Muslim Fundamentalists (considered today to be barbaric) truly are way ‘beyond the pale’ to most decent folk.
But…. they were reported last week to be temporarily allied to the US-backed rebels who had gained control over one of the disputed towns.... probably aided by drones controlled in the Navada Desert by the US Authorities… another practice that is also a bit iffy to many folk.
I am near-certain that the restoration of Peace and Stability would be widely welcomed by almost everyone in those tragic lands.
That will eventually take talking…and talking…and talking…and really; the sooner, the better.
The alternative is for generations to continue to live in permanent conflict.
To me, a great current weakness is that we do not have politicians with sufficient inclination and capability to engage in such dialogues.
So is this cartoon not poor establishment propaganda…. and actually mis-leading?