Sunday, 5 August 2018

The Swastika Has Many Sides

The events in Venezuela give some context to the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn opposed the Nazi coup in Ukraine, as did the newspaper for which the writes, the Morning Star, which is also the leading voice against the Establishment line on Venezuela.

Like Corbyn, it was right about Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. When it says that this is a classic CIA Rightist coup in Latin America, and it sure as hell looks like one, then it deserves to be listened to.

Spontaneous uprisings of the poor are not capable of staging helicopter grenade attacks on the Supreme Court, as happened last year. Nor of staging drone attacks on the President, as happened yesterday.

And the point is very rarely made that the reason the Opposition did so badly in last year's elections to the Constituent Assembly was that it boycotted them, while it did its utmost to ensure that this year's Presidential Election did not go ahead. When that Election came, then we saw why. 

If there is one thing worth knowing about Venezuela, then it is that the people who are now beating the drum against it have been wrong about every foreign policy of the last 20 years, and that they had barely heard of the place, which they still could not find on a map, until they needed a stick with which to beat Jeremy Corbyn. 

That, and the fact that no policy of Corbyn's resembles anything in Venezuela, except coincidentally while already being the norm in places like Germany and Scandinavia.

The Corbyn-haters' hero managed to be the Prime Minister of a P5 country for 10 years while thinking that the language of Brazil was Spanish.

Corbyn, by contrast, speaks fluent Spanish and has a highly sophisticated knowledge of Latin America, as have several of his closest allies, notably Chris Williamson.

Staggering though it is that it is once again necessary to have anti-Nazi credentials, such is now the case.

Real such credentials extend all the way back to the Yugoslav Wars, extend to Ukraine, extend to Venezuela, and extend to having opposed successive treaties that subjected us to the legislative will of assorted Austrian Brownshirts, Arrow Cross nostalgists, and the like, now including a member of the German NDP.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Morning Star have those credentials. Their detractors do not. Alas, though, those detractors are going to be numerous within the Parliamentary Labour Party for some years yet.

But another hung Parliament is coming. We need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I need £10,000 in order to stand for Parliament with any chance of winning.

My crowdfunding page has been taken down without my knowledge or consent. But you can still email instead, and that address accepts PayPal.

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