Many people seek to detract from Jeremy Corbyn’s intended Labour Manifesto that re-emphasises Labour roots and its principles and objectives. It is these ideas that propelled him to Leadership in the face of Tory-lite traitors who were trying to paint the Labour movement in the glittering colours of the new functional society being run by ICT oligarchs programming the minds and aspirations of our next generation of consumers/automatons/national citizens.
In order to do so McCarthyism has risen its ugly head reviving intra-sectarian conflicts within the Marxist roots that keep the Red Flag Flying.
I have to admit that intra-sectarian politics doesn’t particularly interest me as once it might have done (when I was at Uni).
When someone accuses a person of Stalinist leanings, the immediate opposition to that idea is Trotskyism (or Leninism). To those who do not espouse either Stalinist contained and institutionalised two-step revolution (and the dictatorship of the vanguard – or first step) or to the Trotskyist state of permanent working class revolution in the face of Capitalism through the will of the masses and its democratic expression, the two terms tend to equate with Left Wing Totalitarianism and Left Wing Democracy.
Mixing into these terms the words ‘Kremlinite’ or ‘Russophile’ simply obfuscates their meaning and their practical expression.
Because Corbyn held certain anti-war stances that called for non-intervention when Putin began his expansionist policies during his second term (after the interregnum) does not mean he supported Russia. It meant he felt that British intervention would not make matters better and may even threaten the security of our nation.
I read Jeremy Corbyn’s statement concerning the Ukraine and Russian intervention. In that statement, he said that only 15% of the Russian population supported Putin in his plans to annex the Crimea and that:
“We should oppose any foreign military intervention in Ukraine, as that would only succeed in that country reliving its traumatic past as a battleground where Russia and Western Europe vie for supremacy.”
Obviously, by the tone of the article, he meant NATO (and therefore our) intervention in particular, but it also includes Russian intervention.
His so-called Anti-NATO stance I actually agree with, since it focusses on NATO’s, or should I say, the US led coalition of force’s, intervention in Iraq (which Tony Blair dragged us into), and the drone attacks on targets in Pakistan. In fact, the intervention of the US led coalition against terrorism in these countries, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere has led to the rise of ISIS, the internationalisation of Al-Qaeda and more terrorism rather than less. And I think Jeremy Corbyn sees that clearly.
Those suggesting Corbyn is a Russophile, like Donald trump, accuse Corbyn of supporting Russian bombing of Syrians as peace.
Nowhere have I seen any such statement by Jeremy Corbyn. Rather, I see the opposite. He is against the UK sending in the RAF and adding to the bombing already taking place by Syrians, Russians, Turks and the USA. He said, and I quote,
“We have condemned all bombing in Syria, including Russian bombing, and continue to do so.”
The nearest statement he made to tacitly refusing to shoot at Russians was in a statement on Syria where he asked,
“Does he (Cameron) believe that more military forces over Syria could increase the risks of dangerous incidents, such as the shooting down of a Russian military aircraft by Turkish forces this week?”
Jeremy Corbyn is accused of denying the genocide of Muslims in by Serbian Christians in Bosnia:
Actually, I did come across a motion he voted for concerning the killing of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, but nothing on Bosnia. He supported a motion based upon a report by John Pilger that decried UN intervention in Kosovo because of the negative impact bombing Kosovo had on its people and infrastructure, not because there was no mass killing of Muslims in Kosova. The report confirmed mass graves of 2,788 people.
I cannot find any evidence that Jeremy Corbyn ever supported the notion of Serbians slaughtering Bosnians.
There is an obscure connection I discovered made between the UN ruling that denied Serbian genocide and John Pilger’s article on Kosovo. This is a connection made by commentators, not an advocacy for the UN ruling by Corbyn after the war crimes of the Serbians became clear.
I am not a blind partisan of Jeremy Corbyn, although I admire him greatly, just as I do Bernie Sanders on the other side of the pond.
Blind partisanship is not the reason I support Jeremy Corbyn and his Manifesto. Rather, it is his earnest intention to de-privatise services, invest in primary and secondary education, strengthen the NHS and increase the say of the working population in how this country is run that has me behind him. The recent review of his policy towards Brexit and the call for bringing the popular vote into the final equation (which may end in reversing the decision) is just the icing on the cake that has dissuaded me from the Lib-Dem anti Brexit campaign (which might have persuaded me to tactically vote against the Tories in its absence).
I admit I am not deeply into Corbyn’s background in intra-sectarian politics, but I think it is largely irrelevant. Shouting “Stalinist” and “Kremlinite” when referring to him smacks of McCarthyism and a desire to derail his ‘back to Labour roots’ movement on behalf of the Tory-lite inheritors of Tony Blair’s era of Labour domination.