Jeremy Corbyn – a reasonable man in unreasonable times?
When Jeremy Corbyn surprised everyone and even himself and landed blinking in the spotlight as the new Labour party leader, the dogs and wolves that run the show started slavering.
Corbyn’s fairly reasonable agenda of nationalising the railways, protecting what little bits of space most of us have left and fighting on an anti austerity ticket was always going to be portrayed as the loony left as if those kind of decent things are lunatic. His version of Labour was never going to see eye to eye with the Murdochs and the multi millionaires who run everything. His vision of Labour even had Labour itself up in arms and fierce debates are erupting everywhere and plans are hatching to replace him.
Not content with having 99 per cent of the wealth the media moguls set their newspapers onto full attack mode and a whole series of bizarre articles starting pouring out.
Now history has piled in with the world taken a sudden swerve into dark and dangerous times and it feels like Jeremy Corbyn is fighting a one man campaign against an apocalypse. Post Paris jitters have turned everyone into war and geo political experts and fear is driving people into war mode. These are strange and slightly detached times. In the thirties my own father went to fight the Nazis – but he actually signed up to fight and didn’t sit around on Facebook asking everyone else to do it for him.
Recent history has proved that bombing the middle east into the stone age has not really worked but ISIS or Daesh (the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria) are sat there somewhere in the desert preparing for Armageddon whilst the west tries to work out some sort of response – there is no correct response and the hornets nest is about to blow whether its bombed or not.
Of course there is no right or wring here.
The whole thing is a bloody mess. Bombing creates more deaths and terror. Sitting back see ISIS/Daesh grow stronger – the damage has already been done – the void after the collapse of Iraq, the meddling, the mess and the complex, seething madness are all building to a totally unpredictable climax.
Whole nations that were carved up in the middle east by France and the UK after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the early part of the last century to get the oil into ‘safe’ hands have never been nation states and have crumbled away in front of our eyes . Syria is no more and a hundred different factions chop and change in a civil war that seems to have no good guys or bad guys. Normal rules do not apply and local and international agendas overlap and criss cross each other with deadly a smouldering tinderbox of ideas and idealogies and motives.
It looks like the Balkans just before the First World War. But worse.
Calm and intelligent heads are required. Not Donald Trump politics.
Corbyn is making his case but no-one wants to listen. These are unreasonable times. He can’t talk to lunatics in the desert and he can’t bomb them either. Like a 1970’s school teacher running into the playing field to stop a punch up between two young lads who is suddenly engulfed in a major brawl between ten different schools shouting about Queensbury rules whilst the skinheads wave metal bars and broken bottles around. Corbyn is the reasonable man in unreasonable times – a lone voice arguing against lunatics.
There is only one certainty in this mess and that is there are no certainties. Only eternal war.
What do you think? war or no war?