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  1. Wednesday 12th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    FORMER Tory minister Andrew Mitchell is known for his short fuse, but there is a marked difference between a spat with Downing Street police and conflict with Moscow.

    His provocative proposal during the parliamentary debate on Syria that the “international community” should “confront” Russian airpower reveals dangerous brinksmanship.

    Mitchell claims that this does not amount to “a declaration of war against Russia,” but he must understand the consequences of Nato shooting down a Russian warplane. He also knows that he, like his friends on the Tory benches and within New Labour’s irreconcilables, is playing to the gallery because no confrontation could take place without US participation.

    Whatever President Barack Obama’s faults, he shows no predilection for Armageddon or a game of chicken that could end in that way.

    Labour shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry provided a bright beam of sanity through the murk of sabre-rattling by the Tories and the B52 Liberals clustered on the opposition side.

    Thornberry is no less moved by the fate of civilians in Aleppo, but, unlike Mitchell, she appreciates that not only Russian and Syrian forces kill people.

    She recognises the need to re-establish the ceasefire brokered by John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, isolate jihadi extremists, open safe channels for aid and facilitate talks to achieve a lasting peace.

    And she backs the UN proposal for jihadi extremists to be escorted from Aleppo, as similar evacuations have ended violence in other urban areas.

    The shadow foreign secretary also insisted that principles and values deployed over Syria be extended to Yemen where mass civilian casualties inflicted by Nato ally Saudi Arabia’s bombers draw weasel words of “concern” and “sorrow” from governments that sell arms to Riyadh.

    She could have added Palestine, where Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing proceeds without sanction.

    Routine civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan, where Nato air power is deployed in defiance of international law, go unmentioned as cheerleaders for death and destruction feel qualified to pontificate on war crimes as though their hands are clean. Britain, France, the US and their allies commit a war crime every time they bomb Syria against the will of the internationally recognised government.

    Russian planes and warships, along with volunteer militia from Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, support that government against military intervention by jihadists recruited, trained and armed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states.

    There are no totally accurate historical parallels, but Mitchell’s effort, backed up predictably by Labour MP John Woodcock, to present Russian aerial support to troops fighting to drive extremists out of eastern Aleppo as on a par with the nazi destruction of Guernica during the war to defend democracy in Spain is sickeningly perverse.

    Mitchell’s party supported the fascist revolt in Spain, paying lip service to non-intervention while Italy and Germany overcame the Republican forces with limitless planes, tanks, artillery and regular army units.

    Tories and their fifth column in the Labour Party disregard similar illegal supply of military hardware and recruits to the foreign jihadists that form the backbone of the forces pledged to overthrow President Assad. Even US Secretary of State Kerry has admitted Washington’s inability to persuade its surrogates in Aleppo to distance themselves from al-Qaida affiliate the Nusra Front, now renamed the Levant Conquest Front. They are a unified military force with a shared political goal.

    Nato military action against the Assad regime risks conflict with Russia and is designed to strengthen the Nusra and Isis extremists ranged against Damascus.



  2. Wednesday, 12 October 2016

    Parliament pushes to bomb Syrian troops

    PUSHING for the UK to begin openly bombing Syrian army positions and to consider taking action against Russian aircraft, Tory MP for Sutton Coldfield, Andrew Mitchell, requested an extraordinary emergency debate in Parliament yesterday.

    Mitchell told the House of Commons that he called for a ‘No Fly Zone’ over parts of Syria where, if violated, Syrian or Russian forces would be shot down by US, UK and coalition forces.

    Mitchell went on to call for sanctions against Russia and then went even further, equating Russia to the Nazis and demanding that they be charged with ‘war crimes’.

    Right wing Labourites supported the Tory line, including MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy, MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern, and MP for Leicester West Liz Kendall.

    Kendall said: ‘Does he agree with me that the reason why we haven’t managed to secure No Fly Zones so far that people are understandably concerned that this would escalate tensions and even conflict with Russia.

    ‘However, what is actually being proposed is that the answer to any air attacks against civilians in those No Fly Zones would be carefully targeted strikes against Assad and the Assad regime military assets only, and that is what is being proposed.’

    Mitchell replied: ‘That is exactly right. Those who are killing civilians in Aleppo are relying on the fact that we fear escalation.’

    Labour MP John Woodcock for Barrow and Furness said: ‘It is time to target Assad’s infrastructure, every time he is responsible for atrocities we will strike his infrastructure.’

    Tory MP Kevin Foster, Coventry South, said: ‘Would he share my concern that Russia has moved very advanced S300 surface to air missile systems into Syria when clearly Daesh nor the Al Nusra front do not have a fast jet capability, and who does he think that those missiles might be targeted at?’

    Tory MP Desmond Swayne for New Forest West said: ‘When we set up a No Fly Zone over Iraq we shot down Iraqi planes. Setting up a No Fly Zone in Syria will require the will to shoot down Russian planes, this may be the right thing to do, but we have to be aware of the consequences of our actions.’

    Emily Thornberry, Labour shadow foreign secretary, opposed Mitchell’s proposal, she said: ‘The last thing we need is more parties bombing. We need to seek to work with the Russian government to restore the Kerry-Lavrov peace process, that means securing and maintaining a ceasefire and, in fact, people to draw back’.

    Mitchell continued: ‘First we should single Russia out as a pariah … Russia must be confronted for its attacks on innocent civilians, both diplomatically and using hard power, sanctions, economic measures and we must seek to build support for multilateral military action to discharge our responsibility to protect. This is not about attacking Russia,’ he claimed, ‘it is about defending innocent civilians.’

    John Redwood, Tory MP for Wokingham, intervened: ‘Would he agree with me that militarily there is no reason we could not enforce a No Fly Zone. The helicopters that are dropping barrel bombs could easily be brought down by rockets based in Turkey, in Lebanon or indeed our own type 45 destroyers in the Mediterranean.’

    Mitchell said that because of Redwood’s military background he ‘knew what he was talking about’ and he agreed with him. On 17 September the US-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Army killing 62 soldiers, this, in itself a war crime, was brushed off as ‘unintentional’ even though the attack lasted over an hour.

    Reports then surfaced that a UK Reaper drone armed with Hellfire missiles was in the area at the time, which the MoD later confirmed. In December 2016 Parliament voted to carry out air strikes against Syria, with the proviso that the RAF were only to target IS and not the Syrian army and the Assad leadership.

    WRP General Secretary Frank Sweeney commented on the debate: ‘Workers and trade unions must oppose this Tory drive to war against Syria and, by implication, Russia. War has always been the traditional way out of capitalist crises, and this May government is no different from any other Tory governments that have gone to war to keep crisis-ridden capitalism going.

    ‘The Labour Party must oppose this drive to war, and the trade unions and the TUC must declare that any British attack on Syrian or Russian forces in Syria will be met with a general strike to bring down the Tory government and bring in a workers government and socialism.’



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