I’m trying to stay out of this and concentrate my fire on the opposition but, in the words of Vic and Bob, ‘She will not let it lie!’
I doubt that Salmond will say what I’m going to say but it has to be said.
In 2003, I argued that all leading politicians should have to study history so that, based on a degree in Law, they were not ignorant of the terrible facts of wars, all wars, including ones you might think justified.
In 2015, in Washington, the new FM said on our behalf, without to my knowledge consulting us:
We would consider ourselves to be a key ally of the United States.
US foreign policy over the last century and more has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of, and sexual assaults on, millions of children, men and women, from the Philippines in the 19th Century, through Vietnam in 20th to Iraq in the 21st Century, the US has launched massive military attacks on 84 countries and has been involved in some way in conflict in 190 countries. There are 193 countries in the UN. The US has not invaded or had a military presence in Andorra, Bhutan, and Liechtenstein.
Like the UK before it with its civilising mythology as cover for the bayonet, the US has been a cancerous presence on the world stage. The world is a far worse place for its interventions.
The main, overriding, drive in my support for the Yes campaign is to get out of the Empire. I do not want to join another one.
Russia? Yes, an appalling history of brutal actions against its neighbours. France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, even Sweden all with bloody histories. Do I have to choose sides? I choose Ireland, Denmark, Norway…..wait, the Vikings?
I’ve been on RT 4 times. None of the UK or US news channels asked me. Double standards?