‘War on terror’ failed, British Corbyn says


This video from Britain says about itself:

FULL SPEECH: Jeremy Corbyn links British intervention in foreign wars to terrorism at home

26 May 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has highlighted the link between the UK’s involvement in foreign wars and terrorism at home but insisted that “in no way reduces the guilt” of murderers who have targeted people on Britain’s streets.

In a speech marking the return to General Election campaigning following the Manchester atrocity, Mr Corbyn said the “war on terror has not worked” and vowed to tackle the causes of terrorism.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

No excuses, no false machismo, just the unvarnished truth

Saturday 27th May 2017

Corbyn: After 16 years the ‘war on terror’ is a failure, it’s not how we’ll protect our people

JEREMY CORBYN said a Labour government would be clear-eyed that the “war on terror is simply not working” as he set out his vision for a safer Britain under his leadership.

Labour would be “strong against terrorism” and its causes, he said as he relaunched his election campaign, following a cross-party pause in campaigning called to mark the Manchester nail-bomb attack on Monday.

Mr Corbyn urged the government to admit that bombing and sending troops to the Middle East and north Africa only adds fuel to the fire.

This should be discussed in a “quality” debate, he said, without accusations from other leaders that such views are unpatriotic.

He stressed that this observation “in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children” and that these views are backed by intelligence and security experts.

Islamic organisation the Ramadhan Foundation, which works to build cohesion between different communities, supported Mr Corbyn for discussing the issue.

Foundation chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said: “The foreign policy of our government, its failed military adventures in the Middle East is one element of the reasons for terrorism.

“Primarily it is an ideology of violence, the distorted way in which terrorists justify violence is what needs to be confronted.

“Young people have mentioned foreign policy that gets them angry and makes them feel disconnected.

“I commend Jeremy Corbyn for having the leadership to start this conversation and address the issues.

“What is not acceptable is for some to claim if you mention foreign policy that you are somehow an apologist for terrorism.”

Later in his speech, Mr Corbyn assured soldiers that, as prime minister, he would only deploy them if there was a “clear need” to deliver lasting peace in war-torn regions.

And he accused the Tories of underfunding police and increasing terror threats with foreign interventions.

A Labour government would also put 10,000 more officers on the beat, improve prison conditions, and give the security services extra resources to “keep track” of terror suspects, he said.

Theresa May has faced repeated criticism from the Police Federation for having cut police officer numbers by 20,000 when she was home secretary, which has been linked to the need to deploy soldiers at London landmarks after the Manchester attack.

Mr Corbyn said: “The blame is with the terrorists, but if we are to protect our people we must be honest about what threatens our security. Those causes certainly cannot be reduced to foreign policy decisions alone.

“Over the past 15 years or so, a subculture of often suicidal violence has developed among a tiny minority of, mainly young, men, falsely drawing authority from Islamic beliefs.

“These are often nurtured in a prison system in urgent need of resources and reform.

“And no rationale based on the actions of any government can remotely excuse, or even adequately explain, outrages like this week’s massacre. “But we must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working.”

Tories and Liberal Democrats criticised him for the timing of his speech and accused him of trying to make “a narrow political point.”

But Mr Corbyn stressed the “responsibility” of government to minimise the chance of attacks.

Carrying on with the election campaign represents “an act of defiance” against terrorists who reject democratic freedoms, he added.

A handful of Labour MPs, including John Woodcock and Neil Coyle, criticised him for making the speech.

End Middle East wars says Corbyn: here.

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34 thoughts on “‘War on terror’ failed, British Corbyn says

  1. Saturday 27th May 2017

    posted by in Britain

    A FORMER altar boy was jailed yesterday for 15 years for planting a home-made bomb on a Tube train.

    Weapons-obsessed Damon Smith, 20, from south London, built the device at home with a £2 clock from Tesco after finding an online article by al-Qaida.

    On October 20 he had taken a rucksack with explosives and ball bearing shrapnel onto a Tube.

    When getting off the Jubilee Line, he left the bomb on the floor, which was timed to go off within minutes.

    Some passengers alerted the driver who spotted wires coming out of the bag before raising the alarm.

    He claimed it was a Halloween prank, but was found guilty of possession of an explosive substance with intent following a trial at the Old Bailey on Friday.

    Judge Richard Marks QC sentenced the defendant — who has autism — to 15 years in a young offenders’ institution with an extended period of five years on licence.

    The judge ruled that he was had not been motivated by terrorism.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9578-20-year-old-jailed-for-home-made-Tube-bomb#.WSsq2NykIdU

    Question: if he would not have been an ex-altar boy, but an (ex-) mosque regular, and called not Damon Smith, but Mohamed Islam: would then he also have been considered not to be a terrorist?

  2. Friday 26th May 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    Corbyn pays tribute to the victims and those that rushed to help, and says we need “change at home and change abroad” to combat terrorism. Full text of his speech.

    Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people enjoying themselves. When I stood on Albert Square at the vigil in Manchester, there was a mood of unwavering defiance. The very act of thousands of people coming together sent a powerful message of solidarity and love. It was a profound human impulse to stand together, caring and strong. It was inspiring.

    In the past few days, we have all perhaps thought a bit more about our country, our communities and our people. The people we have lost to atrocious violence or who have suffered grievous injury, so many of them heart-breakingly young.

    The people who we ask to protect us and care for us in the emergency services, who yet again did our country proud: the police; firefighters and paramedics; the nurses and doctors; people who never let us down and deserve all the support we can give them. And the people who did their best to help on that dreadful Monday night – the homeless men who rushed towards the carnage to comfort the dying, the taxi drivers who took the stranded home for free, the local people who offered comfort, and even their homes, to the teenagers who couldn’t find their parents.

    They are the people of Manchester. But we know that attacks, such as the one at the Manchester Arena, could have happened anywhere and that the people in any city, town or village in Britain would have responded in the same way.

    It is these people who are the strength and the heart of our society. They are the country we love and the country we seek to serve. That is the solidarity that defines our United Kingdom. That is the country I meet on the streets every day; the human warmth, the basic decency and kindness.

    It is our compassion that defines the Britain I love. And it is compassion that the bereaved families need most of all at this time. To them I say: the whole country reaches out its arms to you and will be here for you not just this week, but in the weeks and years to come. Terrorists and their atrocious acts of cruelty and depravity will never divide us and will never prevail.

    They didn’t in Westminster two months ago. They didn’t when Jo Cox was murdered a year ago. They didn’t in London on 7/7. The awe-inspiring response of the people of Manchester, and their inspirational acts of heroism and kindness, are a living demonstration that they will fail again.
    But these vicious and contemptible acts do cause profound pain and suffering, and, among a tiny minority, they are used as an opportunity to try to turn communities against each other.

    So let us all be clear, the man who unleashed carnage on Manchester, targeting the young and many young girls in particular, is no more representative of Muslims, than the murderer of Jo Cox spoke for anyone else. Young people and especially young women must and will be free to enjoy themselves in our society.

    I have spent my political life working for peace and human rights and to bring an end to conflict and devastating wars. That will almost always mean talking to people you profoundly disagree with. That’s what conflict resolution is all about. But do not doubt my determination to take whatever action is necessary to keep our country safe and to protect our people on our streets, in our towns and cities, at our borders.

    There is no question about the seriousness of what we face. Over recent years, the threat of terrorism has continued to grow. You deserve to know what a Labour Government will do to keep you and your family safe. Our approach will involve change at home and change abroad.

    At home, we will reverse the cuts to our emergency services and police. Once again in Manchester, they have proved to be the best of us. Austerity has to stop at the A&E ward and at the police station door. We cannot be protected and cared for on the cheap. There will be more police on the streets under a Labour Government. And if the security services need more resources to keep track of those who wish to murder and maim, then they should get them.

    We will also change what we do abroad. Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home.

    That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and implacably held to account for their actions.

    But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people, that fights rather than fuels terrorism.

    Protecting this country requires us to be both strong against terrorism and strong against the causes of terrorism. The blame is with the terrorists, but if we are to protect our people we must be honest about what threatens our security.

    Those causes certainly cannot be reduced to foreign policy decisions alone. Over the past fifteen years or so, a sub-culture of often suicidal violence has developed amongst a tiny minority of, mainly young, men, falsely drawing authority from Islamic beliefs and often nurtured in a prison system in urgent need of resources and reform. And no rationale based on the actions of any government can remotely excuse, or even adequately explain, outrages like this week’s massacre. But we must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.

    That’s why I set out Labour’s approach to foreign policy earlier this month. It is focused on strengthening our national security in an increasingly dangerous world.

    We must support our Armed Services, Foreign Office and International Development professionals, engaging with the world in a way that reduces conflict and builds peace and security.

    Seeing the army on our own streets today is a stark reminder that the current approach has failed. So, I would like to take a moment to speak to our soldiers on the streets of Britain. You are doing your duty as you have done so many times before.

    I want to assure you that, under my leadership, you will only be deployed abroad when there is a clear need and only when there is a plan and you have the resources to do your job to secure an outcome that delivers lasting peace.

    That is my commitment to our armed services. This is my commitment to our country. I want the solidarity, humanity and compassion that we have seen on the streets of Manchester this week to be the values that guide our government. There can be no love of country if there is neglect or disregard for its people. No government can prevent every terrorist attack. If an individual is determined enough and callous enough, sometimes they will get through.

    But the responsibility of government is to minimise that chance, to ensure the police have the resources they need, that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country, and that at home we never surrender the freedoms we have won, and that terrorists are so determined to take away. Too often government has got it wrong on all three counts and insecurity is growing as a result. Whoever you decide should lead the next government must do better.

    Today, we must stand united. United in our communities, united in our values and united in our determination to not let triumph those who would seek to divide us. So for the rest of this election campaign, we must be out there demonstrating what they would take away: our freedom; our democracy; our support for one another. Democracy will prevail. We must defend our democratic process, win our arguments by discussion and debate, and stand united against those who would seek to take our rights away, or who would divide us.

    Last week, I said that the Labour Party was about bringing our country together. Today I do not want to make a narrow party political point. Because all of us now need to stand together. Stand together in memory of those who have lost their lives. Stand together in solidarity with the city of Manchester. And – stand together for democracy.

    Because when we talk about British values, including tolerance and mutual support, democracy is at the very heart of them. And our General Election campaigns are the centrepieces of our democracy – the moment all our people get to exercise their sovereign authority over their representatives.

    Rallies, debates, campaigning in the marketplaces, knocking on doors, listening to people on the streets, at their workplaces and in their homes – all the arts of peaceful persuasion and discussion – are the stuff of our campaigns.

    They all remind us that our government is not chosen at an autocrats’ whim or by religious decree and never cowed by a terrorist’s bomb.

    Indeed, carrying on as normal is an act of defiance – democratic defiance – of those who do reject our commitment to democratic freedoms.

    But we cannot carry on as though nothing happened in Manchester this week.

    So, let the quality of our debate, over the next fortnight, be worthy of the country we are proud to defend. Let’s have our arguments without impugning anyone’s patriotism and without diluting the unity with which we stand against terror.

    Together, we will be stronger. Together we can build a Britain worthy of those who died and those who have inspired us all in Manchester this week. Thank you.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a5f0-Full-text-of-Corbyns-speech-in-wake-of-Manchester-attack#.WSssO9ykIdU

  3. Saturday 27th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BRITISH PM Theresa May urged rich nations to halt Isis recruitment yesterday — after revelations MI5 let the Manchester bomber slip through the net.

    Ms May showed no hint of irony as she told a session on counter-terrorism at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Taormina, Sicily, that they must do more to ensure those travelling to Syria and Iraq to join Isis are brought to justice.

    “It is vital we do more to cooperate with our partners in the region to step up returns and prosecutions of foreign fighters,” she said.

    “This means improving intelligence-sharing, evidence gathering and bolstering countries’ police and legal processes.”

    A senior British government source said she had stressed the importance of ensuring those countries had the legal means to prosecute, deport or extradite suspects as appropriate.

    She also called on G7 members — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Birtain and the US — to provide legal and policing support to countries such as Iraq, to help them prosecute any jihadis they capture.

    But on Thursday it emerged that the British intelligence service allowed Libyan residents to travel back to their homeland in 2011 to join the Nato-backed armed coup against the government.

    Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi and members of his family — some of which are now under arrest — were among them.

    As reported by the Star yesterday, it is believed that Abedi may have learnt to kill while in Libya.

    Ms May also called on the G7 nations to press technology giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook to remove “harmful” extremist content from the internet.

    She said as Isis loses its strongholds In Iraq and Syria, the terrorist threat is “evolving rather than disappearing,” with the fight moving from “the battlefield to the internet.”

    But security researcher Lee Munson from Comparitech said the current approach to policing content online was “wrong.”

    “Theresa May’s call to tackle online extremism can be nothing more than a pipe-dream in this complex world in which we live,” he said.

    The summit, which brings together world leaders to discuss defence, trade and the environment, attracted protests by Oxfam and Greenpeace in cities near Taormina.

    Both groups urged US President Donald Trump not to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle global warming, which he pledged to pull out of during his election campaign.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-1eea-May-urges-nations-to-halt-terrorism-amid-MI5-failures#.WSss6tykIdU

  4. Friday 26th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    JEREMY CORBYN’S foreign policy speech grasped a nettle politicians have been too scared to contemplate for far too long.

    Perhaps the Labour leader’s greatest contribution has been the return of choice to British politics — an end to a system where the two big parties always agree.

    Corbyn has worked that change already when it comes to domestic matters. Labour is no longer a party that will abstain when the Tories cap welfare, connive at the privatisation of the National Health Service or play havoc with our kids’ education through the academies and free schools programme.

    It stands for the redistribution of wealth from those who have more than they could ever possibly need or use to fund services which we all rely on.

    Yesterday we saw what a Corbyn government could mean for Britain’s place in the world as well. And it was refreshing.

    Even more than on the home front, politicians of all parties have tended to coalesce on foreign policy.

    Partly this is from a misunderstanding of what it means to be patriotic — “politics stops by the water’s edge,” to use a US phrase.

    But the choices our politicians make for us have real consequences for everybody living in this country, and sometimes those consequences are lethal.

    This couldn’t be clearer than after the unforgivable assault on children, women and men in Manchester at the beginning of this week — an attack, it now appears, carried out by a man who had travelled to Libya during the Western-backed uprising against the Gadaffi regime.

    Nothing could be more pernicious and hypocritical than the howls of the right-wing press that Corbyn’s resistance to British wars abroad shows some kind of unwillingness to defend our people.

    It is not Corbyn who “shares platforms with Middle Eastern fanatics,” as the Daily Mail accuses — it is Theresa May, who sucks up to the world’s biggest sponsor of Islamist terror, Saudi Arabia, the land where conversion from Islam is punished by death, where women are stoned to death and where people still have their heads chopped off for “sorcery.”

    It was not Corbyn who backed the provision of logistical assistance and weapons to religious extremists seeking to overthrow the Libyan government, or later the Syrian — it was the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, with shameful collusion from too many on Labour’s benches.

    Today’s speech will not mark an end to the slur that opposition to war is somehow weak. But let it mark an end to any hedging of the issue.

    Corbyn was one of just 13 MPs to stand up to the war fever that gripped the Commons in 2011, when the David Cameron-Nick Clegg government decided to bomb the Libyan government out of existence.

    Five hundred and fifty seven MPs lined up to vote for the war — despite the example of Iraq plain before their eyes, where the destruction of a repressive regime sparked years of bloodshed and resulted in a massively more dangerous and expanded terrorist threat.

    Corbyn’s stance took courage, and the mockery and abuse faced by all who stand for peace and reason exposes a deep problem in our politics.

    Those who care about the victims of terrorist atrocities will do all they can to prevent them happening — and that means a long, hard think about whether British foreign policy has helped the terrorists.

    The evidence, from Iraq, Libya and Syria, is that it has. Finally Britain has a potential prime minister who is ready to try a new approach.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-c156-Corbyns-foreign-policy-speech-reveals-his-principled-commitment-to-achieving-peace#.WSsvTdykIdU

  5. Monday 29th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    EXASPERATED ITV anchorman Robert Peston ended up banging his head on the studio’s desk yesterday after rubbishing claims by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon against Jeremy Corbyn.

    Mr Fallon has attracted a barrage of criticism for claiming the Labour leader said terror attacks were “Britain’s fault” due to the country’s foreign policy.

    But Mr Peston pointed out: “He said no such thing.”

    Mr Fallon peevishly replied: “He did. I’ve got his words here. He said foreign policy has been increasing the threat to this country.”

    The Peston on Sunday host hit back: “This is not the same thing as saying the terrorist attacks are our fault.

    “Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, made exactly the same point a few years ago.”

    Mr Peston could be seen hitting his head on the desk as the credits rolled at the end of the interview, where he also grilled Mr Fallon on Conservative plans for social care and immigration.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b307-Peston-hits-his-desk-in-grief-after-Fallon-chat#.WSvJ5dykIdU

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