The Corbyn Spy Smears Are More Dangerous Than Meets The Eye

Standard

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week you will have undoubtedly been subject to the barrage of smears coming from the right wing media that Corbyn or should I say “Agent COB” was an asset of the Stb. That he was affiliated with a Labour group called Labour Action for Peace, which had Stasi assets in its ranks, and then by this association Corbyn is somehow also mixed up in all this.

At face value these smears are dangerous because they are a new level of lies within our political sphere, the kind of journalism you would expect from newspapers like The S*N are now dominating the news cycle for days. With these non-stories being supported by politicians, bringing a new level of legitimacy to the clearly desperate clutching at straw attacks. Though these attacks are far more dangerous than the obvious threat of the media seeking to use their vast power and reach to subvert and undermine our democracy.

For the implications of the message are clear: Corbyn was a traitor to the UK, and was working or at least aiding foreign powers during the Soviet era. This alone is ridiculous but this isn’t the first time the Corbyn is a traitor line has been banded about, the same attack was laced behind the IRA allegations, and the whole Hamas smears. The repetition of the message couldn’t be more clear, repeat after me: Corbyn cannot be trusted, he is a traitor.

Why is this such a dangerous message? Cast your mind back to the carefree days of 2016, when we were in the throes of the referendum, a Labour MP was murdered by far right extremist Thomas Mair as he shouted “Britain First!” That man when he was in the dock decided shout his name as “Death to traitors! Freedom for Britain!”

Now bring your mind to 2017 when far right extremist Darren Osborne carried out Finsbury Park Mosque attack. His original targets were Corbyn and Khan, on attacking Corbyn said it would have been “one less terrorist on our streets” and if they got Khan at the same time it would have been like “winning the lottery.”

The media know this, the politicians in the Tory Party which are spreading this smear know this. Williamson who I quote called Corbyn a ‘traitor’ knows this, Wallace who compared Corbyn to Soviet era spy Philby knows this and Bradley who declared on twitter (later deleted) that Corbyn was selling state secrets to communist knows this. They all know that an MP was murdered because far right extremists in this country believed she was a traitor, they know that a far right terrorist wanted to kill Corbyn for being a traitor.

So with this information in mind what they are doing takes on an extremely sinister political tone.
Why then do these right wing media sources and right wing politicians think is sensible to spread this smear, to use this angle of attack on Corbyn – who as they want the general public to believe, is a traitor to this country.

If this line of attack continues and I believe it will – where is the endgame to all this? We have already seen twice where this dangerous rhetoric can take us. So god forbid something does happen to Corbyn, how culpable are these forces? Bar from being the assassin, they all but paved the way for the event to take place.

If one thing recent history has shown us it is that words have consequences – how many people are going to have to die before our media and politicians take responsibility for theirs.

Advertisements

Disarm Terror

Standard

The weapon of the terrorist is fear, their ammunition is hatred. We cannot give into fear, nor can we allow ourselves to be fueled by hatred, only hope and love can conquer fear and hatred.

We have to hope for a better world, we have to fight to make a better world possible, because there is a sickness in our societies. Greed has become the dominant force, marginalisation of the poor, the dispossed, give way to a lack of identity and self worth. People are afraid not only of the terrorist, but of paying their bills, of living hand to mouth. Search in your heart and you will feel this sickness, because we are one, and it exists within all of us, when one feels pain, it effects us all.

It is easy to begin to hate, it is easier to hate than to love, it is easier to hate than to understand. There is no excusing acts of terorrism, but these problems cannot be solved by more secuirty, more bombs, more weapons of war, more bullets, these are weapons of hatred, weapons of fear, and they can only add more fuel to the fire, they can only help these evil forces grow. Only through the power of unity, only through loving your neighbour, loving those around you, can we create the bonds that can halt these forces in their tracks.

We are not powerless, we can effect change, the truth is we are powerful beyond measure, and those that have placed themselves in a position of power, have tricked us, robbing us of our strength and sapping us of our power. The greatest act of defiance in the face of this, the true display of strength, is give yourself to those around you, help those that need it, and together we can overcome any adversity and challenge.

If we do not, the alternative is to horrible to imagine, the rising forces of racism and xenophobia, it is a drama we all have seen the ending to, at we all know it is not a happy one.

If you can remember only one thing remember this; the more fear you feel, the more hatred you spread, the stronger they become, the more power that you give them.

Syria: Too many bombs spoil the broth

Standard

By the time you are reading this the die would of already been cast, parliament will of already decided to extend its war into another country, or it will have not, but one thing is for certain there is no end in sight for the war on terror.

Ask yourself do you believe the world is a safer place?

A safer place after Iraq, after Afghanistan and after Libya?

After Mali and all the other skirmishes against the war on terror. Have all the bombs, all the dead soldiers and all the wasted life made you feel more secure in your home?

When you turn your light off at night and put your head down to rest do you rest easy and comfortable in the fact that you know British bombs are being dropped on foreign countries, and people and soldiers are dying in far flung lands?

I for one do not feel any safer in fact if the media is to be believed I should feel less safe now than I did in 2001.

In Afghanistan and Iraq we brought our full military might to bear, as did the coalition forces and what did we ultimately achieve? Did we wipe out Al-Qaeda, did we stamp out terrorism?

Nope, in fact we did the complete opposite.

As the former head of MI5 Baroness Manningham-Buller stated: “Our involvement in Iraq radicalised, for want of a better word, a whole generation of young people – not a whole generation, a few among a generation – who saw our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as being an attack upon Islam.”

She went on to state that our military involvement in both places substantially increased the terror threat to this country.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, if then with our full military might we actually made this country unsafe, then what do we expect to achieve with just our air force?

The phrase “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” comes to mind but we don’t just have a hammer, we have a multitude of tools that we could be using to bring about an end to ISIS, so the question has to be asked, why are we not using them?

A military solution with no end game in sight, no way out, no plan for victory is just a repeat of the same mistakes which brought us to this dreadful place in the first place.

We need to be utilizing all the tools available to us to combat ISIS, throwing more bombs into the war will not defeat this enemy, it is an ideology you cannot defeat it with bullets.

The generals in the First World War are discredited in history for their pig headed stubbornness in throwing young lads over the tops to their deaths, even though the tactics were not working they continued onwards.

The same can be said with the war on terror, our military actions have been counter productive, it is time we look at changing our tactics.

We can put pressure on regional countries which are making ISIS possible, go after the source of their income, cut off their weapons and ammo supplies.

Look into diplomacy with Russia and Assad, while at the same time support regional forces which have proven they can be reliable, the Kurds for example.

The choice isn’t between bombs or more bombs, there is more than one way to combat and ultimately defeat ISIS.

Funnily enough our allies Turkey have been bombing the hell out of one of the only forces in Syria which have been truly successful against ISIS, the Kurds in Rojava, and their allies.

Our efforts however to pursue non-military measures against ISIS are hampered by the fact some of our “allies” are less than willing to help.

In the end the only people that will profit from dropping bombs are arms companies and terrorist organisations which can use it as a propaganda tool. If anything with each bomb dropped we are further away from our goal, because inevitable each bomb either causes civilian casualties or takes us that much closer to the bomb that will.

For example when the USA bombed a Doctors without Borders hospital, I’m sure that caused a lot of terror to those involved but it is ok, because well they apologised so it makes it all better, right? I’m sure the victim families really understood that by killing their loved ones we were doing it to protect them in the long run of course.

If our recent history is to believed however one thing is for certain this will end in failure. What are your views on Syrian intervention and ISIS? Let me know in the comments below.