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Manchester, London, Salafist fundamentalists, British weapons, vast markets

Daniel Read tells the story of William Dowell, an American reporter during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Dowell ran into problems of his own, soon deciding that his editors operated using a “calculus of death” to determine “newsworthiness.” In Dowell’s view this meant placing greater or less value on human lives, with a “rating system” ensuring that one American life was worth “fifteen Frenchmen, which were worth twenty thousand Africans, which might be worth a million Asians” (see here). The “rating system” still functions.

As the Tories have nothing real and intelligent to say, Corbyn is once again a terrorist

It is Sunday morning and the only thing known so far is that there has been another terrorist attack in London. It seems that three people have died and that three terrorists have been shot.

When May called the general election, the Tories were up so many points that no one seriously considered that they could lose. Today, four days before the election, they are up 3 or 4 points, at least if one can believe the pollsters. It is still a more or less comfortable difference, because of the UKs unrepresentative electoral system. For example, if, as YouGov predicted last Thursday, the Tories get 41% of the vote and Labour 38%, the Tories get ca. 311 seats and Labour ca. 255. The big question is of course whether the pollsters are right – and this is very complicated or even impossible to determine (see here).

Labour has had a very good campaign, concentrating on key social issues, while the Tories have made an incredibly mess. May lost a lot of support. She sounds like a broken record, uttering empty clichés and slogans. It is clear that she does not understand the intricacies of what she has to deal with, she has been lying (nothing new) and she refused to meet Corbyn for a television debate. It has been awful. Since the Tories cannot win on content, what can be better than to create yet another smear campaign against Corbyn?

This vile and utterly disgusting campaign is now in overdrive. Corbyn is being called an anti-Semite (a position the Israel Times took over in an article bearing the title ‘Anti-Semite Corbyn surging in the polls’) as well as a long-life sympathiser of the IRA. When bombs explode and people are being killed, it is time to let the public know that Corbyn is on the side of the racists and the terrorists. As I said before, and to summarise, the news on the BBC is crap, the newspapers print crap (see my previous article on the ‘left-liberal’ (sic!) Guardian), the Telegraph and the Times are 100% ideological conservative mouthpieces and if Great Britain would be a civilized country, the tabloids should be prosecuted, but no politician has the courage to say this in public (see here,  here and here (the Spectator!) for a filth sample).

First it was Sky News (Corbyn failed to condemn the IRA’s violence in the 1980s), then Wallace, minister of Security, claimed to be “outraged” by Corbyn’s  lack of unequivocal condemnation of the IRA bombings and after that it was the turn of the real scum of the British so-called “press”, The Sun. A mere 90 minutes after the terrorist attack in Manchester, this Murdoch rag decided to post an “article” (sic) on their site calling Corbyn and McDonnell snivelling IRA fanboys as the IRA unleashed slaughter on Britain. The morning paper went with a screaming headline “BLOOD ON HIS HANDS”.

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Picture 1: The Sun (Source: The Sun). 

This smear campaign cannot be fought with the truth. Curry puts his finger on the wound where he writes that the right-wing media become extremely ticklish when Corbyn condemns all sides in the Irish Troubles (see here). The reason is that Tory leaders and governments have actively sponsored, armed and colluded with paramilitaries in Ireland for more than a century. The history of this collusion with paramilitary organisations goes back over a century to their financing of the Ulster Volunteers in 1913 and the organisation of the fascist Black and Tans – Winston Churchill’s brainchild. Even today, the Black and Tans are still hated everywhere in Ireland, north and south of the border. Much later, when The Troubles started, Great Britain gave full legal scope to the Unionist Defence Association (UDA) to organise paramilitary units. It was well known to the government that there was a large crossover between the UDA, and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and that military equipment was channeled into the UDA. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, these well-armed loyalist paramilitary groups were thoroughly infiltrated by agents of the army, intelligence services. Through these links the British state controlled and directed acts of reprisal, assassinations, sectarian mass murder and bombings to its own ends. There is not a shred of doubt that British agents, on the payroll of HM Government, were directly involved in terrorist attacks (see here). If the situation risks getting out of hand for those who engineered, financed, implemented and carried out terrorist acts in Northern Ireland for decades as a matter of covert state policy, the crap “press” in Great Britain is ready and eager to print pictures of Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry Adams.

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Picture 2: Some of the truth about Corbyn and his non-relationship with the IRA (Source: Google Images). 

Manchester, Salafist fundamentalists and their British weapons. Vast markets

Fourteen days after the atrocity in Manchester, in which 22 people were murdered, it remains difficult to find information about it. What exactly happened? According to John Pilger, the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a terrorist organisation which seeks a hard-line Islamic state in Libya and it is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement (see here). Pilger, basing himself on a report of Middle East Eye, writes that the LIFG in Manchester (known as the “Manchester boys”) vehemently opposed Mu’ammar Gadaffi. They were considered high risk and a number of them were under Home Office house arrest. All of this changed when anti-Gadaffi demonstrations broke out in Libya. The control orders were lifted by then Home Secretary Theresa May, passports were returned to the members of the LIFG and they could board their flights unhindered. They fought in Libya and then joined al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria.

The overthrow of Gaddafi, who controlled Africa’s largest oil reserves, had been long been planned in Washington and London. Suddenly, the barbarian fundamentalists were not longer the enemy, just as, decades earlier, the Afghani mujahideen were not the enemy (see here). Obama, urged on by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, accused Gaddafi of planning “genocide” against his own people. “We knew (…) that if we waited one more day Benghazi (…) could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world,” Obama declared. The massacre story was fabricated by Salafist militias. Last year, a House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee concluded in its final report that “The proposition that Mu’ammar Gaddafi would have ordered the massacre of civilians in Benghazi was not supported by the available evidence” (see here). In order to prevent Gaddafi from bombing Benghazi, which was not his intention, Britain, France and the US carpet bombed the cities of Misurata and Sirte. As Pilger writes, their 9.700 ‘strike sorties’ destroyed Libya as a modern state. It is now a IS stronghold.

With Libya “secure”, the British government organised one of the world’s biggest arms fairs in London (see here). The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a preview entitled “Middle East: A vast market for UK defence and security companies”(see here). The host was the Royal Bank of Scotland, a major investor in cluster bombs, which were used extensively against civilian targets in Libya. The blurb for the bank’s arms party lauded the “unprecedented opportunities for UK defence and security companies” (see here).  Last month, May was in Saudi Arabia, selling more of the £3 billion worth of British arms which the Saudis have used against Yemen. May branded the intentional targeting of children in Manchester as “sickening cowardice”. She is of course right. Today, the barbarians managed to kill some people at a flea market – another act of incredible cowardice. But May is a hypocrite. Saudi Arabia’s bombardment of Yemen has killed swathes of civilians. This has without any doubt involved the use of British armaments (see here).  As of 2015 UNICEF believed that well over three hundred thousand Yemeni children faced malnutrition. In 2017 that figure inflated to over two million. Around a third of all civilian casualties are believed to be minors (see here for a report).

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Picture 3: Vast markets. Yemenite children (Source: Google Images). See here for images of Sana’a, one of the world’s oldest cities (protected by UNESCO) before and after the Saudi bombings.   

Of course, the arms dealers could not care less. The West has teamed up with the Saudi fascists. When thousands of people die in Yemen, a country which never did anything wrong to any of us, we look the other way because it is good business. This is what we have become. In our wisdom, we repress the fact that the Salafists hate us just as much as they hate the Yemenites or the Iranians or most people on the planet or all of them. As is always the case when fundamentalisms clash, the rule is the more violence and destruction the merrier. We will continue to sell more weapons to the Saudi’s, which will create more devastation, more hatred and more fundamentalism which we then, so brilliant politicians will recognise, have to fight, undoubtedly by selling more weapons to the Saudi’s, who are, in the meantime, and for a long time already, permitted to fund “education” in mosques all over Europe and other regions in the world. And if things become a bit bad, we can always print a picture of Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry Adams. None of this is my “opinion.” Before he invaded Iraq, Blair was warned by the Joint Intelligence Committee that “the threat from al-Qaida will increase at the onset of any military action against Iraq (…) The worldwide threat from other Islamist terrorist groups and individuals will increase significantly” (see here). Still Blair brought home the violence of his and Bush’s blood-soaked war crimes. Nothing has been learned in the meantime.

This Thursday, you, the people of Britain have a choice. You can vote this government out of business. You can vote against the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Spectator, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times, the BBC and all the others. You can vote against social cleansing, the privatisation of everything that is worth a penny, the theft of public goods and a series of dysfunctional economic policies. You can vote against the tax evaders and the arms dealers. You can vote for the children of Yemen, who are just as innocent as the children of Manchester. You have a chance to stop the killings. Yes, Corbyn is not perfect, but this cannot go on. It suffices to look at the disaster after seven years of Tory rule.  What has been “accomplished”? A vote for May is an immoral vote. It is a vote for even more dysfunction, more violence, more inequality and more inhumaneness. Get the Tories out. Vote Labour. Then we will see.