There is a very good chance that the next leader of Britain’s Labour Party will be Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime member of its Socialist Campaign Group.
Now conservatives might think that all Labourites are socialist, such as outgoing Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Well, Jeremy Corbyn makes Ed Miliband look like Ted Cruz. Here is what he said in 2009 during a speech to the Palestine Solidarity Group:
It will be my pleasure and honor to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited our friends from Hamas to come and speak as well.… So far as I’m concerned, that is absolutely the right function of using Parliamentary facilities.
Indeed, later this month Corbyn will share the stage with some pro-Hamas speakers. When Corbyn calls Hezbollah and Hamas his friends then you have a pretty good idea of who he considers to be his enemies.
But is David Cameron really that much better? After all, Cameron enthusiastically backed the Iran nuclear deal that will only strengthen Hezbollah. And what would Hezbollah be without Iran? Remember when Cameron personally phoned U.S. Senators earlier this year to demand they not toughen sanctions against Iran? Although Hamas is essentially the Palestinian chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood, it also receives aid from Iran.
I also remember the David Cameron who harshly condemned Israel in 2010 for its blockade of Gaza. He characterized it as “a prison camp” and did so in the presence of Turkish PM Erdogan. Yet Cameron was consipicuously silent on Egypt, which also blockades Gaza. Cameron also chided Israel during last year’s conflict against Hamas by saying it was “wrong and illegal” to target civilians. Israel had been accused of firing on schools run by the UN Relief Works Agency. But as it turned out, Hamas was firing bombs into Israel from these schools. By this April, Cameron was singing a much different tune in which he said Israel had a right to defend itself. This is all well and good except for the fact that Cameron said this during an election campaign many thought the Tories would lose. As the Church Lady said, “Well, isn’t that convenient?”
I abhor Jeremy Corbyn calling Hezbollah and Hamas his friends. But at least I know where he stands. Cameron is smart enough not to call Hamas or Hezbollah his friends, but he sure doesn’t treat Israel like a friend either. Except, of course, when he needs Jewish votes. Having enemies is bad enough, but having fair-weather friends makes it that much worse.