A simple lexicon for the comprehension of modern rhetorical techniques for the promotion of UK involvement in murderous civil wars.
This week: Alistair Burt MP
Intervention: The act of hurling high explosives into murderous civil wars in the hope that some material good may be achieved by spreading the blood around a bit.
Resistant to... constant horrors: Of a blood-curdling civil war - actively backing and encouraging the side that is losing.
Civilised world: Countries that give lots and lots of guns and bombs to all sides in murderous civil wars.
Our best interests: Anything that expands opportunities for Members of Parliament to pull out little toy planes and charge around the House shouting "Dakka-Dakka-Dakka!" and "Whoosh".
Some military action: See Intervention.
Boots on the ground: An especially awesome Intervention using even bigger high explosives.
Humanitarian: Primarily preying upon humans.
Legal, proportionate and focused: Carte blanche; a blank cheque.
Jihadis: Forces armed and deployed by inter alia British allies inc. Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Logistical or intelligence support: Giving lots and lots of guns and bombs to one side in a murderous civil war who may or may not lose them, quite possibly to Jihadis.
Worked to a convention: Carte blanche; a blank cheque.
Current convention: A very large and low hoop to jump through before receiving carte blanche and a blank cheque.
Quite a mess: Any situation that lessens opportunities for Members of Parliament to pull out little toy planes and charge around the House shouting "Dakka-Dakka-Dakka!" and "Whoosh".
Difficult foreign policy executive action: See Intervention.
Discussions with allies: Plotting; also, scheming.
Regional strategic defence: Giving lots and lots of guns and bombs to inter alia Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who will most likely then give them to Jihadis; An opportunity for a Humanitarian Intervention in Our best interests.
Asks for our assistance: See Regional strategic defence.
Our constituents: The Sucker; The Mark.
UK military involvement abroad: See Intervention; also, Our best interests.
Unpopular action: Stupid action.
Accountable to the public: Capable of being democratically removed in favour of different Members of Parliament, who will then pull out little toy planes and charge around the House shouting "Whoosh!" and "Dakka-Dakka-Dakka".
The democratic balance: A situation lessening opportunities for Humanitarian Intervention in Our best interests.
Sooner or later: As soon as possible.
Sort out our parameters: Buy more little toy planes and hope for Humanitarian Intervention.