Warning: Don’t look any further if pictures of death and destruction upset you.
I don’t like taking sides in wars that are nothing to do with us and that I don’t fully understand. And heaven knows, how would someone like me understand war in the Middle East? How could any Brit?
Invariably there are bad and good on both sides. And invariably you lay yourself open to not unreasonable criticism if you favour one side against the other without understanding the intricacies.
Whatever the faults of the terrorists in Yemen, the Saudis, using weapons manufactured in the UK, aren’t targeting only terrorists. They are bombing hospitals and schools. They are killing little boys and little girls.
It’s bad enough that they are doing it. But it makes it very much our business that they are using UK-made weapons, and receiving strategic help from UK forces.
While Boris Johnson thinks that Londoners should demonstrate outside the Russian embassy to protest at the horrific bombings in Aleppo, he doesn’t show the same enthusiasm for protests outside the Saudi embassy. Of course, Boris’s lord and master isn’t a close personal friend of Mr Putin and no embarrassment would be caused to the Saxe Coburgs by Brits shouting anti-Russin war slogans.