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Corbyn a threat? He would have left the Middle East – and us – in relative peace

David Cameron has claimed that Jeremy Corbyn will be a security threat. Is he referring to economic security – the threat to the arms trade?

american hubris2If peacemakers like Corbyn have their way, the profits which flow to the richest individuals and into Britain and American mainstream party coffers would be decimated – the economic security of arms manufacturers and dealers and sympathetic politicians would be threatened.

Starting with the anger aroused by their illegal Iraq war in 1991, the Anglo-Saxon alliance claims to be more at risk from terrorism than ever – but rising tension and conflict opens profitable avenues.

As Sir Simon Jenkins recently wrote, the West’s last seven wars – in Iraq, former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Libya – have ended in disaster; he asks: “Will our messianic leaders ever learn?” But do they want to learn? Their arms companies have made a packet’ (Ed)!

Over the past 15 years, he records that their wars have left an estimated 250,000 people dead, few of whom had any quarrel with the West. It left many more maimed, tortured, impoverished and driven into exile – fear driving mass migrations of peoples into Europe.

Drone strikes damageAnd yet, despite colossal military expense, as Jenkins states, the menace of ISIS in Syria and Iraq is worse than anything posed by the Taliban, Saddam Hussein or Colonel Gaddafi in Libya: “None of the ‘victorious powers’ dare walk the streets in the capitals they claimed to have freed from oppression”.

Revulsion at these policies is leading thousands to sign this open letter to Ban-ki Moon, UN Secretary General – extracts:

  • After 70 years isn’t it time for the United Nations to cease authorizing wars and to make clear to the world that attacks on distant nations are not defensive?
  • The danger lurking in the “responsibility to protect” doctrine must be addressed. Acceptance of murder by armed drone as either non-war or legal war must be decisively rejected.
  • To fulfill its promise, the United Nations must rededicate itself to these words from the U.N. Charter: “All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.”
  • To advance, the United Nations must be democratized so that all people of the world have an equal voice, and no single or small number of wealthy, war-oriented nations dominate the UN’s decisions.

Has this revulsion also been one of the major factors in sweeping Corbyn, a peacemaker, to power?

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Passing through the revolving door: standard practice in UK’s corporate/political alliance

snouts troughIn the Anglo-Saxon alliance – 17 and 19th on the Transparency International world corruption index (1=least corrupt) – rich pickings are the preserve of the ‘haves’ who sanctimoniously reprove countries where such perquisites may be gathered by all but the most powerless citizens.

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A search on this site reveals 70 references to the revolving door to date – and this is only the tip of the iceberg..

revolving doorThe latest is that Graeme Hardie was recruited by the Co-op Bank earlier this year as a non-executive director, a role that typically commands a salary of between £30,000 to £50,000 for several days work a year.

But Hardie was one of the Financial Service Authority’s regulators who had approved the appointment of Paul Flowers as Co-operative bank chairman, according to ‘This is Money’ which reported that well-placed sources confirmed Hardie was on the FSA panel that interviewed Paul Flowers when he was chosen as chairman of Co-operative Banking Group in 2010.

The passage continued:Flowers is understood to have been instrumental in selecting Hardie’.

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And so it goes on, forcibly recalling the cartoon shown above.

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