Violence only begets violence

Every government since 1979 has taken this country to war.

Not once have the people been consulted. We have been disenfranchised. So it is with this latest adventure in Syria.

Never mind that there is no UN authorisation, that Article 2.4 of the UN Charter forbids the threat or use of force, or that those shouting the loudest for war are the ones least likely to be affected by its consequences.

Violence begets violence.

And what of Jeremy Corbyn, the man of peace who was overwhelmingly elected on a platform of the rejection of war and the economic exploitation of the people?

What was he thinking giving his MPs a free vote?

And I cannot recall a party leader letting pass such a brazen challenge to his authority.

He should have sacked Hilary Benn on the spot.

Benn, the shadow foreign minister, whose speech in favour of war was greeted with a standing ovation.

Cast your mind back to the 2003 when a certain William Hague was likewise greeted with acclaim for a similar speech on the eve of the invasion of Iraq.

But what lies behind this latest aggression, apart from an imperialist imperative to teach Johnny foreigner a lesson? The purpose is to reduce Syria to rubble when the IMF and the money boys will move in and the country can be sold for a song to the capitalists, who will charge the Syrian people a fortune for the basic necessities of life.

Syria will become another province of the Western empire which, incidentally, suits the Israelis’ agenda, ripe for exploitation – all that oil – and a useful policeman in the region. Just one more thing, a small statistic: 590 people were driven to take their own lives as a result of the government’s work capability assessment. That’s nearly five times as many as were killed in the Paris attacks.

Stephen Jackson

Albert Road


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