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PostSkripal Poisoning: Will UK Retaliate Against Russia? (Nigel Jones, UK, 03/12/18 3:30 am)
I wish I could share Istvan Simon's confidence that Britain will respond robustly to the latest murderous attack on UK soil by Russia.
I live a few miles from the scene of the attempted assassination in Salisbury, and the latest news is that 500 members of the general public who were in the vicinity of the victims have been advised to wash their clothes lest they be contaminated by nerve gas. This is a whole week after the attack. It is also rumoured that two Russian staff members at the restaurant where Skripal and his daughter ate just before falling ill have mysteriously disappeared. Doubtless they are already in Moscow.
Unfortunately the West as a whole--and Britain in particular under the woefully weak leadership of our laughably useless Prime Minister, T. May--seem utterly unable to stand up to the increasingly aggressive provocations of Putin's Russia.
As a result, not only Putin, but other dictatorial regimes round the world--Iran, Erdogan's Turkey, and of course North Korea--are taking advantage of the weakness and disunity of the freer world.
How gloriously imbecilic does Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" thesis that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union look now. In fact precisely the opposite of his prediction has happened: Liberal democracy is in full retreat, dictatorial authoritarianism on the march.
Why has FF still got a job?
JE comments: Fukuyama long ago retracted his "End of History" thesis--which as we've seen on WAIS, was often misinterpreted and oversimplified in the first place.
The Salisbury pub/restaurant, Zizzi, has a PR catastrophe on its hands. What can you tell us about the place, Nigel? The website says it's "temporarily closed." No surprise about that.