Sunday, 9 September 2018

How about Idlib, Mr. Corbyn?

Original Thinking from Barry Shaw.


Like a suspended game of chess, Syria is poised for the final act of devastating destruction in the northern Syrian city of Idlib as Syrian tanks and Russian planes prepare to pound a town of 3 million people.
And when the town is ruined, it will be the Iranian proxy Hezbollah fighters who will join the Syrian soldiers that pour into Idlib to kill whoever remains to oppose the murderous Assad army.
Among those who will be silently impotent, as thousands are killed and many more become refugees, will be Britain's Jeremy Corbyn and his gruesomely, incorrectly, named Stop the War Coalition.
Corbyn has never effectively stopped any war. On the contrary, he has a sad history of siding with the violators and terrorists in conflicts ranging from Ireland to Israel.
He and his devious group will do nothing for one bad reason. He has never blamed Russian, Iran, or any Arab tyrant, for any wrongdoing anywhere.
He counts the Islamic terror organisation, Hezbollah, among his friends in their shared hatred of Israel, one of Syria's neighbor who is helping defenseless Syrians with food, shelter, and much needed medical treatment.
And therein lies the rub. He is silent because there is no Israel to blame for the carnage. And for Corbyn, Israel is quoted to be "the greatest international cause of our time."
In fact, it is Israel that waits at the border to give aid and comfort to citizens of a neighboring country that is officially at war with them.
Stop the War Coalition, Mr. Corbyn? Look to Israel as an example.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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