Saturday, October 7, 2017

John Pilger: The Rising of Britain’s ‘New Politics’

John Pilger is not impressed with Bernie Sanders who he considers to be a war monger, and he doesn't hold out much hope that Jeremy Corbyn will be able change Labour's foreign policy or reduce UK's arm sales to odious regimes like Saudi Arabia. Richie Allen says he has not voted for 20 years because he feels that no matter what politicians say or believe, they will be vibrated into place by the system once they get into power. Jeremy Corbyn has already giving shadow government positions to warmongering Blarirites who had tried to get rid of him.

Can you imagine a Labour politician saying that there will be less arms sales and the relationship with the US cooled down. Imagine the outcry, imagine what the blokes would say who work in the armament factories, and imagine the newspaper headlines? With the public so ill informed Corbyn only has a little bit of wiggle room. I don't know how we are going to get out of it without any real news in the media.

I would say that the grassroots movement may be better informed, but it doesn't seem to be the case. I read a few days ago that Momentum, a very left wing group that supports Corbyn, urged the government to bring more sanctions against Russia, an even the Stop The War coalition heckled Cobyn to impose more sanctions on the 'murderous' Russians and Assad. Then a few years Peter Tachell heckled Corbyn about Syria too. These people obviously don't go to Paul Craig Roberts, Steven Lendman, or read Counterpunch to get their news.

           Jeremy Corbyn heckled by Syria activist at Stop the War conference

John Pilger Excerpt:
Delegates to the recent Labour Party conference in the English seaside town of Brighton seemed not to notice a video playing in the main entrance. The world’s third biggest arms manufacturer, BAe Systems, supplier to Saudi Arabia, was promoting its guns, bombs, missiles, naval ships and fighter aircraft.
It seemed a perfidious symbol of a party in which millions of Britons now invest their political hopes. Once the preserve of Tony Blair, it is now led by Jeremy Corbyn, whose career has been very different and is rare in British establishment politics.
Addressing the conference, the campaigner Naomi Klein described the rise of Corbyn as “part of a global phenomenon. We saw it in Bernie Sanders’ historic campaign in the US primaries, powered by millennials who know that safe centrist politics offers them no kind of safe future.”
In fact, at the end of the US primary elections last year, Sanders led his followers into the arms of Hillary Clinton, a liberal warmonger from a long tradition in the Democratic Party.
As President Obama’s Secretary of State, Clinton presided over the invasion of Libya in 2011, which led to a stampede of refugees to Europe. She gloated at the gruesome murder of Libya’s president. Two years earlier, Clinton signed off on a coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras. That she has been invited to Wales on 14 October to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Swansea because she is “synonymous with human rights” is unfathomable.
Like Clinton, Sanders is a cold-warrior and “anti-communist” obsessive with a proprietorial view of the world beyond the United States. He supported Bill Clinton’s and Tony Blair’s illegal assault on Yugoslavia in 1998 and the invasions of Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, as well as Barack Obama’s campaign of terrorism by drone. He backs the provocation of Russia and agrees that the whistleblowerEdward Snowden should stand trial. He has called the late Hugo Chavez – a social democrat who won multiple elections – “a dead communist dictator”.
While Sanders is a familiar American liberal politician, Corbyn may be a phenomenon, with his indefatigable support for the victims of American and British imperial adventures and for popular resistance movements.

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