The GOP candidate for President is the most uncouth, ignorant, unprepared major-party Presidential candidate in my lifetime, but I’ll give him this much: at least he purports to be on our side. So much that he endorses war crimes, but at least they’re against radical Islamists. Ahem.
The leader of Britain’s Labour Party, by contrast, is on the other side:
… This is the whole “friends” speech in March 2009. It is nothing but a salute to Hamas and Hezbollah. At one point Corbyn even talks dreamily of Hamas having “tea with the Queen”. There is some disapproval, but it is reserved for the British government, Israel, Zionism tout court, and people concerned about the antisemitism on display in Corbyn’s circles.
Now a peace process in a protracted and bitter conflict does require meetings with people who are unpleasant, to say the least.
But who appointed Mr Corbyn, a backbencher at the time, as a one man Foreign Office?
Moreover, where does he grit his teeth and warmly salute “friends” who are, oh, violent religious settlers? Go on, show me.
Actually, when it comes to Israelis, for many years Corbyn backed “universal jurisdiction” for alleged war crimes, the tactic used by his thuggish friends to hassle Israeli leaders visiting this country. They want the likes of Tzipi Livni arrested on sight at Heathrow. No tea for her.
“Out of context!” is a familiar diversion when the far left and Islamists are held to account.
The context for the “friends” talk only makes it worse. Corbyn was attending a meeting organised by the so-called “Stop the War Coalition”, an alliance of far leftists and Islamists which actually backs the other side.
They chose the key title for this meeting. It was “Meet the Resistance”. The prize was not peace. No, they wanted to build stronger left wing support for jihadis.
The British love nothing more than mocking their American cousins’ politicians, and under any other circumstances I’d say they have good reason to.
But not while this guy is Leader of the Opposition.