Britain should not interfere in the affairs of other countries.
A couple of weeks ago, Nick’s Constituency office received a plea from someone who was concerned about that the escalating situation in Syria was worsening, and UN peace talks would not be helpful.
This person is concerned that no one will accept the leadership of a government under which thousands have been killed and demanding that the regime needs to go.
They further went on to say that as a proud British citizen, they enjoy the rights of practising their faith, while living in safety and security. This letter also went on to say that, “if my leaders and countrymen can extend that to other human beings, then that is what I expect them to do.
“Please speak out, and do what you can to stop this monstrosity. You are our leaders, and leadership has a responsibility. I trust you will make us proud for upholding justice.”
Nick’s Constituency Outreach Officer responded on Nick’s behalf to this letter:
Thank you for your email regarding the volatile situation in Syria. As a British National Party MEP, it is Mr Griffin's view that British politicians should not interfere in the internal affairs of Middle Eastern countries and should not take sides in the conflicts there. This means maintaining a neutral position on the conflict in Syria between the Government and rebel forces.
The folly of Britain's supposed "peace-making" in the Middle East is well illustrated in the cases of Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. All three wars have been justified on the grounds of addressing "human rights abuses" and "delivering democracy". The reality is that British intervention in the affairs of foreign nations does not ensure that western-style democracy flourishes in its wake.
Human rights abuses and a lack of democracy are characteristic, moreover, of many countries. According to the Democracy Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, there are no less than 33 full-blown authoritarian regimes in the world. These include Madagascar; Kuwait; Mauritania; Morocco; Jordan; Ethiopia; Fiji; Burkina Faso; Cuba; Bahrain; Nigeria; Togo; Algeria; Cameroon; Comoros; Niger; The Gambia; Belarus; Angola; Kazakhstan; Gabon; Rwanda; Azerbaijan; People's Republic of China; Qatar; Egypt; Côte d'Ivoire; Vietnam; Swaziland; Republic of the Congo; Oman; Guinea; Tunisia; Zimbabwe; Yemen; United Arab Emirates; Tajikistan; Afghanistan; Sudan; Eritrea; Syria; Djibouti; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Laos; Guinea-Bissau; Iran; Equatorial Guinea; Saudi Arabia; Central African Republic; Myanmar (Burma); Uzbekistan; Turkmenistan; Chad; and North Korea.
Mr Griffin believes it is hypocritical for Britain to bomb Libya and to simultaneously send foreign aid to nations whose human rights abuses are far worse than Gaddafi's. We should accept that it is not possible, in terms of human and economic resources, nor desirable, in terms of respecting the sovereignty of other nations, for Britain to seek to act as the world's policeman.