On the subject of the recent attacks in Moscow by Chechen suicide bombers, Dave Osler says:
"The first point to make is that those whose lives have been ended do not include Putin, or any of the military commanders behind the wars in Chechnya. Almost all the dead will have been office cleaners and shop assistants and others in routine employment.I think there's a problem with that last sentence. I don't buy this 'not in my name' argument at all. Some of the casualties in 7/7 would have voted Labour and more would have voted for the other major party that also backed the war.
Those are by definition the only kind of people to be found on tubes in rush hours, and they were no more complicit in Russia’s crimes then their London counterparts on 7/7 were responsible for the invasion of Iraq."
And even having voted for a party that didn't support the war offers no get-out here. If you were of voting age on election day 2001, no matter what your individual views are on this subject, it's part of the arithmetic of The General Will and the social contract. We implicitly accept and support our current form of government because it is the currently accepted alternative to a state of nature. We may quibble about the way that power is distributed. We may be unhappy about how decisions are made or by whom.
Perhaps the only possible way of absolving yourself of responsibility for the actions of the UK government during the Iraq war is to have renounced British citizenship and acquired citizenship of a country that had opposed the way prior to the election of the 2001 election. Failing to vote in that election would, for opponents, have been a sin of omission - you could have altered the result by voting. Having voted, say, Lib Dem would also be no defence as the people you voted for accepted the result of that election.
Now, I suspect that there is a glaring hole in this argument, but I don't know what it is. I think that it would become a muddy argument that is a great deal more complicated in the case of people who live in Northern Ireland and voted Sinn Féin by virtue of their abstentionist attitude to Westminster. In their case, I've written around this subject before and I suspect that I could even apply this argument to them, but for now I'd prefer to stick to the case of people who voted for every other party or abstained in the 2001 election - just to test the point.
So go on then? Tell me where I'm wrong here?