Saturday, May 13, 2017

Corbyn: No More Playing the Poodle

There will be a general election in Britain next month. In a significant foreign policy speech yesterday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn signaled an end to Britain's participation in further US-led wars of regime-change:

"Today the world is more unstable than even at the height of the cold war. The approach to international security we have been using since the 1990s has simply not worked. Regime change wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria - and Western interventions in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen - have failed in their own terms, and made the world a more dangerous place. This is the fourth General Election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond. The fact is that the 'war on terror' which has driven these interventions has failed. They have not increased our security at home - just the opposite. And they have caused destabilisation and devastation abroad. [...]

"And the new US President seems determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontations with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran and backing a new nuclear arms race. A Labour Government will want a strong and friendly relationship with the United States. But we will not be afraid to speak our mind."

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