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Friday, 16 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's “disgusting 9/11 tweet”

Jeremy Corbyn - who could possibly become British Prime Minister at the next election - felt obliged to write something about the anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday. What he said is outrageous. At least it's outrageous on a certain reading. The problem is, I don't know how else to take it. Indeed many people have taken it in exactly the same way I've taken it.

Here's Corbyn's short tweet:

My thoughts are with those whose lives were shattered on 9/11/2001 - and in the wars and terror unleashed across the globe in its aftermath.”

It's crystal clear that Corbyn felt a strong need to politicise these commemorations. And he did so in a particular way.

Let's be clear about that interpretation.

i) Corbyn states that his “thoughts are with those whose lives were shattered on 9/11/2001”.
ii) He then says: “and in the wars and terror unleashed across the globe in its aftermath”.

What connects the first clause with the second? They must have some kind of connection otherwise the whole sentence would be a non sequitur.

Why would a terrorist attack which was “the victims' blow to the motherland” (as Chomsky once put it) - and after which tens of thousands of Muslims celebrated on the streets - have “unleashed war and terror across the globe”? After all, this was a successful act of terror for al-Qaeda and tens of millions of other Muslims.

That must mean that what followed 9/11 - not 9/11 itself! - “unleashed terror and war across the globe”. What followed 9/11? The intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001 and the Iraq War in 2003. Thus in a tweet seemingly to commemorate the victims of 9/11, Corbyn couldn't stop himself from pointing the finger at Blair and Bush (plus another 23 states!) and indeed at all “Western capitalist powers”.

Not surprisingly, many people responded to Corbyn on his own Twitter page. An Andrew HK, for example, said:

Why not just leave it at those mourning victims on 9/11 today? Awful political point scoring, you should be ashamed.”

Jonny Will Chambers also wrote:

The real terror was unleashed on New York on that very day. Something you seem to have forgotten. Shameful.”

It's not in the least bit surprising that Corbyn said what he said. He's on the extreme edge of the socialist Left. Even many in his own party, the Labour Party, think this and that's precisely why they've tried so very hard to get rid of him.

Corbyn and the Stop the War Coalition (StWC)

Weyman Bennett

No one should any doubts about Jeremy Corbyn.

His most recent role was as Chairman of the Stop the War Coalition.

Jeremy Corbyn MP was the Chairman of the Stop the War Coalition (StWC) from 2011 until September 2015. A week after his election as leader of the UK Labour Party (in September 2015), he announced that he was stepping down from the role. Nonetheless, he also said that he'd continue to support Stop the War.

First things first.

The StWC is not against “war” - it's against “capitalist wars” fought by “Western imperialist powers”. Wars fought by Islamists, Muslims, communists, African states, etc. are never condemned unless – yes, you guessed it – they can be linked to Western dirty deeds.

Thus Jeremy Corbyn himself is not – repeat not – a pacifist! (It's a disgrace that certain tabloids and commentators have described him in that way.) Instead, he's a self-described "anti-imperialist campaigner" who's working within the system he ultimately wants to destroy.

The founders of Corbyn's StWC were all members (or former members) of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). (It was only the other day that I saw Corbyn share a platform with SWP and Unite Against Fascism leader Weyman Bennett, who was once charged with 'conspiracy to commit violent disorder’.)

Since we're on the subject of the StWC, it's also worth mentioning the strong connections between its leaders and activists and the Iranian theocratic state. Various StWC leaders have presented programmes for Iran's Press TV channel; along with other Islamist outlets. George Galloway, for example, is also an important leader of the Stop the War Coalition.

One other leader - and a founder - of the StWC (its 'national officer') is John Rees. (He's also a founder and leader of the very recent Trotskyist front-group – The People's Assembly.) Rees also effectively works for the Iranian state and does its propaganda business via Press TV and the Islam Channel. (Here's a linkon John Rees's work for the Islam Channel.) Indeed recently John Rees took part in the infamous press conference held by the Islamist group CAGE in which Britain's 'Jihadi John' was both defended and supported.

Stop the War and Jeremy Corbyn are against military intervention in Syria for two main reasons:

i) They are strong supporters of Iran. Iran is a strong supporter of Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. (Here is John Rees saying “Don't Attack Iran!''.)

ii) “Western capitalist states” would be carrying out the military intervention in Syria. Therefore that's automatically wrong because, according to Marxist logic, it will be exclusively driven by the “inevitable laws of capitalist accumulation and imperialism”.

To recap.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Stop the War Coalition aren't against military intervention in Syria because they're against war or against violence. They're certainly not pacifists. Indeed they are Trotskyists and communists who have a strong commitment to what they themselves call “revolutionary violence”. What's worse, this also partly explains their tacit defence - and sometimes support - of Islamic terror.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Prince Hussein on Trump & Farage as “demagogues and fantasists”

Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein - a Jordanian of the Hashemite tribe (which traces itself back to Muhammed) - has just called various right-wing Western politicians "demagogues and political fantasists". Mr Hussein did so while addressing a security conference in The Hague.

Here's a few words on the Prince himself.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He's the son of Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid, the former Lord Chamberlain of Jordan. Hussein himself was once Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

A Jordanian as a UN human rights chief? That's the same Jordan that doesn't allow a single Jew to become a citizen and which is a specialist administrator of torture. (Jordan does allow Israelis and Jewish tourists.) This also squares well with all those Saudis at the United Nations who preach to the rest of the world about interfaith, terrorism and, believe it or not, human rights.

Here's Wikipedia on Jordan's current record:

“ - limitations on the right of citizens to change their government peacefully;
- cases of arbitrary deprivation of life, torture, poor prison conditions, impunity, arbitrary arrest and denial of due process through administrative detention, and prolonged detention;
- breaches of fair trial standards and external interference in judicial decisions;
- infringements on privacy rights;
- limited freedoms of speech and press, and government interference in the media and threats of fines and detention that encourage self-censorship;
- restricted freedoms of assembly and association...
- legal and societal discrimination and harassment of religious minorities and converts from Islam are a concern...
- legal and societal discrimination and harassment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community;
- loss of Jordanian nationality by some citizens of Palestinian origin;
- restricted labor rights; and
- cases of abuse of foreign domestic workers.”

Prince al-Hussein included Geert Wilders, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage in his broad generalisations. However, he singled out the Dutch leader, Geert Wilders, as an especially bad “bigot”.

Then Trump and Farage came in for an attack. Apparently they use the same tactics as the Islamic State. Yes, you read that correctly.

Well, if Geert Wilders is a “demagogue and political fantasist”, so too are very many people in the Netherlands because opinion polls have just told us that Wilders' party - the Freedom Party (PVV) - is leading the polls in that part of the world.

Wilders, like Nigel Farage, has also recently addressed the American people. More precisely, Wilders addressed the US Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, last month.

Prince al-Hussein went into more detail when he spoke at the inauguration of the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation.

Firstly, he said that he was speaking directly to Geert Wilders and his “acolytes”. Indeed he was speaking to all the populists, demagogues and political fantasists who inhabit Europe and America.

Prince Hussein continued:

"I am a Muslim, who is, confusingly to racists, also white-skinned; whose mother is European and father, Arab. And I am angry, too, because of Mr Wilders' lies and half-truths, manipulations and peddling of fear."

Isn't it strange when European political/economic elites and Arab princes (in this case) cast disparaging remarks about “populists” and populism? It's as if populism is as culpable as racism is nowadays. It's also interesting to hear Hussein say that because he's white, this ends up being “confusing to racists”. Really? But, Prince Hussein, Islam is not a race and neither do Muslims constitute a single race. So why should patriots and counter-jihadists be confused by Hussein's whiteness? Is he mixing-up patriots and counter-jihadists with those very many Leftists who see everything in terms of race? Or, instead, is he confusing them with the very many Muslims who use the “race card” to quell all criticisms of Islam and Muslims (as Muslims)?

Prince Hussein returned to his themes of populism and Mr Wilders. His said that the PVV's (Wilders' party) manifesto is “grotesque” and that Wilders has much in common with Donald Trump, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen, and UKip's Nigel Farage. Moreover, he called for decisive political action to be taken against populism and patriotism. (Whatever could he mean by that?)

In one news piece I read, Prince Hussein talked about “half-truths” and “oversimplification” when it comes to Islam. In detail, he said:

But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists."

That's strange really because Hussein, at least here, seems not to have given any examples of such “half-truths” or “oversimplifications”. However, since Hussein pretends to believe that all the critics of Islam think that there can be no such thing as a white or a yellow Muslim, perhaps he's mistaking Islam's critics for other people.

I said earlier that International Socialists (i.e., Leftists) see everything in terms of race (as National Socialists also do), and that Muslims use the charge of racism to help them install sharia blasphemy law, so here's Hussein elaborating on this. He said that "humiliating racial and religious prejudice fanned by the likes of Mr Wilders" had become official policy in some countries.

Mr Hussein also warned that such racism and populism could easily and quickly descend into “colossal violence”. The only places in which there is colossal violence nowadays are Muslim countries. These Muslims, however, aren't the victims of white racism or populism: they are victims of Muslim-on-Muslim “hate”. As for Europe and the United States, it will almost a certainty be the case that most of the violence which happens in the future in these countries will be the responsibility of Muslims. And Prince Hussein himself will bear some of the responsibility for that.

Prince al-Hussein finished off his speech with the following words:

"Are we going to continue to stand by and watch this banalisation of bigotry, until it reaches its logical conclusion?"

Sorry Mr Hussein, I see much more bigotry and violence coming from the Muslim quarter than I do from anywhere else in the world. And, in a certain sense, such violence is partly a result of what Hussein and his United Nations are attempting to bring about in European and American – i.e., sharia blasphemy law.