If you tolerate this your children will be next

Tough words from David Cameron today.  I bet Gaddafi is bricking it.  “The world is watching you!” says our daring PM.

Yeah, and I bet the colonel is loving every moment of attention he receives.

I think the thing that has struck me about this chain of Middle East crises is how we in the West love to celebrate the freedom and revolution as the regimes fall, yet for decades we have stood by and done nothing.  What is it about Libya’s atrocities now that causes all the sensationalisation?

I’m sure there are all sorts of political answers but if we can discard those for a while we can see that, as a collective, we are very good at standing by and watching others do wrong.  My understanding of conflicts we have got involved in is that we generally wait until our own interests are fairly directly threatened until we take action.

I wonder if it is possible to help others from almost altruistic motives?

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