Good for Jeremy Corbyn – he’s refusing to be drawn into the automatic condemnation of Russia that seems to be demanded by current reporting of the Syria conflict.
Syria is a media war, and this means we cannot trust a huge amount of what we are shown.
Remember that photograph of shellshocked child Omran Daqneesh, covered in blood, in the back of an ambulance? It shocked the world. Then we were told it was taken by a terrorist.
Who do we believe?
It seems some people have forgotten what the ultimate aim in any conflict should be: Peace.
Mr Corbyn is right to be cautious in his responses.
Some MPs were angry after they felt Corbyn questioned whether Russia had been involved in the bombing of a UN aid convoy in Syria that resulted in the deaths of a number of civilians. MPs said Corbyn referred to an attack that was “apparently” carried out by the Russians.
Angela Smith MP, who asked about the issue, said: “It is deeply concerning that Jeremy is unwilling to face up to the role that Putin’s Russia is playing in Syria. The recent criminal atrocities committed in Aleppo make the case for an effective international response overwhelming and Labour needs to show moral leadership on what is an intolerable situation.”
However, Corbyn’s spokesman denied that he had held back on the issue. “The evidence is often very murky but he said that the evidence appears to show that Russia was involved in the bombing, if not Russia the Syrian airforce, and all evidence appears to show it was a war crime.
“He’s looking at real evidence rather than the rhetoric. He has condemned all atrocities, he has condemned Russia, he opposes all forms of foreign intervention in the conflict.”
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