June 30, 2017

British Labor leader says war on terror "simply not working"

FAIR - British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn: “We must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working.” A life-long anti-war activist and critic of British participation in US-led wars, even under his own party’s leaders, Corbyn charged that British interventions, particularly in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, had made the country less rather than more safe, saying:
Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home.

Although it’s hard to imagine a presidential or congressional candidate of either major US party making a similar speech following a terror attack, Corbyn’s views have been a non-story in the view of most American news editors.

Writing for the news site Nation of Change , Canadian journalist Derek Royden ventured to say what no journalist in corporate US media has:
Unlike most of the leaders of major Western political parties, Jeremy Corbyn chose to be honest rather than treating citizens like children, and to the surprise of many he gained support. In the end, his party picked up 32 seats and a larger “government in waiting” role in a hung parliament. It also turned out that the Labor leader was correct in pointing to the war in Libya as a more important factor than the concerns articulated by May [about excessive internet freedom and too much concern for human rights].

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