This is a story about unreasoning hate.
But you might be forgiven for thinking the person responsible for the hate was former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn – that’s what an awful lot of so-called ‘Centrist’ (in reality right-wing) commentators are trying to make you think.
They’re attacking him because he appeared on a foreign TV news channel, calling for a negotiated peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine, in line with requests by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Here’s what he said:
"Pouring arms in isn't gonna bring back a solution."
— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) August 1, 2022
The Arab satellite channel’s website quoted him as follows:
“Pouring arms in isn’t going to bring about a solution, It’s only going to prolong and exaggerate this war,” he asserted, expecting that this war will drag on for years.
“Then the world woke up and suddenly realized that Russia and Ukraine are the world’s biggest grain exporters and something has to be done. So they came to an agreement , and I hope it holds, to export grain through Odessa and through the Bosphorus to the rest of the world. That is a good move, but at the same time, putting more and more arms into Ukraine isn’t going to bring about it [peace].
“Ukrainians are dying. Ukrainians are going into exile here; Thousands and thousands. And Russian soldiers are dying, conscripted. Young Russian soldiers are dying. This war is disastrous for the people of Ukraine, for the people of Russia, and for the safety and security of the whole world. And therefore, there has to be more much more effort put into peace.
“Europe has been very welcoming of Ukrainian refugees, and that’s good, that’s right. Sadly, they’re not so welcoming and not so enabling of refugees coming from Yemen or anywhere else.”
Fortunately, there are still people who are able to think critically and realise that they’re being fed a pack of lies by our so-called opinion-formers. Here are a few of the responses:
Hearing reports that people are very mad at Jeremy Corbyn this time for *checks notes* saying that war is bad and we should probably work towards peace.
— aarjan (@aarjanistan) August 3, 2022
Jeremy Corbyn speaks for peace and for the most exploited & marginalised people and it's as if the world has ended.
Most of the rest of the political class rabble-rous for war & want and they're seen as the sensible ones.
— Prof Gayle Letherby 💙 #PeaceAndJustice (@gletherby) August 2, 2022
Solidarity now and always to @jeremycorbyn. He allowed us to believe that MPs need not be corrupt, self-aggrandising shysters. He’s inspired many in the struggle for peace, justice and fairness
— Dr Deepa Govindarajan Driver (@deepa_driver) August 3, 2022
They’re still frightened of him. The Tories go further to the right, Labour closely follows them and a lot of people are getting angry. Those angry people no longer have anyone to vote for, but Corbyn still represents an alternative and it’s that they want to destroy.
— @artdecolady #StarmerOut #ItWasAScam (@Teresa_Peckham) August 3, 2022
We’ll defend Jeremy Corbyn for as long as you lot keep lying about him. https://t.co/lGxEsjWlyG
— Jules #FreeAssange #AbolishTheMonarchy (@celtjules66) August 3, 2022
And it is worth noting the double-standard between the way Ukraine is discussed and the full-on support for Saudi Arabia’s destruction of Yemen:
UK press corps is very worked up about independent MP Jeremy Corbyn saying continuing to pour weapons into Ukraine is not a long-term strategy.
If they spent just 1 day getting as worked up about the billions of £s of UK weapons pouring into Saudi Arabia, Yemen might be saved.
— Matt Kennard (@kennardmatt) August 3, 2022
BREAKING: Joe Biden just sold $3.05 billion worth of American-made Patriot missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia so they can continue committing genocide in Yemen.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) August 2, 2022
From our point of view, here at ground level, the message should be clear: don’t blindly accept what you are spoon-fed by a biased and partisan mass media.
Ask why these people are saying the things they are and, if they don’t provide straight answers, dismiss them.
Find your own answers. They’ll be much more trustworthy than a pack of lies about the only UK political figure who actually seems to want people to stop killing each other.
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