Corbyn wants us out of the ‘cycle of hate’; Cameron wants to extend it

In talking about the “cycle of violence and hate”, Jeremy Corbyn has been expanding on a theme – that we must cut off the supply of money and weapons to extremists.

In This Writer’s opinion, Corbyn is referring to this cycle:

cycle of hate

It seems clear that the appropriate starting point is at the bottom, where it says: “Allied based manufacturers supply weapons to the extremists.” This is one of the events Mr Corbyn wants to stop.

By contrast, David Cameron wants Parliament to support air strikes in Syria. See the segment that says “Allies respond to extremism by bombing Middle Eastern targets”?

This is only to be expected from a man who has led at least one trade delegation to the Middle East in order to sell weapons.

Clearly, Cameron is part of the problem and Corbyn is offering the solution.

Jeremy Corbyn has said that Britain must not be “drawn into responses that feed a cycle of violence and hate” following the terror attacks in Paris.

The Labour leader told a regional party conference in Bristol on Saturday that governments “must not keep making the same mistakes” following atrocities such as the series of attacks in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

However, Corbyn said Labour would back every necessary measure to ensure Britons were safe. “The dreadful Paris attacks make the case for a far more urgent effort to reach a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria and the end to the threat from Isis,” he said.

“It is the conflict in Syria and the consequences of the Iraq war which have created the conditions for Isis to thrive and spread its murderous rule,” he added. “For the past 14 years, Britain has been at the centre of a succession of disastrous wars that have brought devastation to large parts of the wider Middle East. They have increased, not diminished, the threats to our own national security in the process.”

Corbyn had been due to give his speech last weekend but cancelled it in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn: Paris attacks must not draw us into cycle of hate | Politics | The Guardian

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4 thoughts on “Corbyn wants us out of the ‘cycle of hate’; Cameron wants to extend it

  1. NMac

    Hatred is all part of the Tory psyche. Good for Jeremy Corbyn, at last some common sense from one of our politicians.

  2. roybeiley

    Corbyn is morally right but since when did Morals trump lucrative arms sales which in turn creates jobs, profits and the much sought after economic growth.

    When the sanctions against Russia were proposed following their annexation of Crimea, wasn’t it Hollande who went against this and sold an aircraft carrier to them?

    It always comes back to the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Until that is stopped the cycle of violence will continue. And who makes the bombs we drop on Iraq? How much profit does that produce? And where do those profits go to?

    Pigs will fly before this international stupidity is realised.

  3. Michelle Thomasson

    I agree with Jeremy Corbyn on the above. In a discussion on the ethics of the UK arms trade this week with Andrew Feinstein (author of ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’) I asked how sanctions against Iraq were so successful at harming the Iraqi people yet we can’t seem to stop the sales of arms and flow of money to ISIL and how is it that they can trade their oil? What was lacking in our political will? Part of Andrew’s answer included the little discussed fact that Saudi, Qatar and UAE are processing the ISIL oil!

  4. Miki Henderson

    Thanks for sharing my ‘Cycle of International Stupidity’ image Mike. Creating it was purely a way of me trying to express just how ridiculous the current situation in Syria is. Corbyn has often focused on the part we’ve had to play in destabilising the Middle East, and I totally agree that the most obvious place to begin breaking the cycle is in stopping radicalised groups and despotic regimes gaining access to weapons in the first place.
    We’ve bombed Iraq. We’ve bombed Afghanistan. We’ve stood back and supported, financed and supplied weapons to those who bomb and terrorise innocent civilians in Gaza and Yemen. These are some of the reasons why groups such as DAESH exist and and gain support. These are some of the reasons why we have terrorism on our doorstep. For disagreeing with this continuing farce, for standing against the killing of innocent people in Syria and for trying to avoid bigger problems in the future, Corbyn and his supporters have been labelled terrorist sympathisers. I’d argue that this label is more suitably applied to those who schmooze and bow down to autocrats and oppressors.

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