Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens has today slammed Western hypocrisy, singling out the British and American governments for their condemnation of, and distancing from the Russian attacks on terrorist targets in Syria.
Writing in the Mail, Hitchens states:
I don’t think the British or American governments really want to fight the Islamic State. They just want to look as if they are doing so.
I judge these people by what they do, not by what they say. And in recent months I have noticed them doing – and not doing – some very interesting things.
The White House and Downing Street both seethe with genuine outrage about Russia’s bombing raids on Syria.
Yet the people Vladimir Putin bombed have views and aims that would get them rounded up as dangerous Islamist extremists if they turned up in Manchester. So why do British politicians call them ‘moderates’ when Russia bombs them?
Then there’s the curious case of Turkey. Rather like Russia, Turkey suddenly announced last summer that it was sending its bombers in to fight against the Islamic State.
But in fact Turkey barely bothered to attack IS at all. It has spent most of the past few months blasting the daylights out of the Kurdish militias, a policy that Turkey’s President Erdogan has selfish reasons for following.
Yet the Kurds, alongside the Syrian army, have been by far the most effective resistance to IS on the ground. Why then does a key member of the alleged anti-IS coalition go to war against them?
Turkey, a Nato member, is not criticised for this behaviour by Western politicians or by the feeble, slavish Western media. These geniuses never attack our foreign policy mistakes while we are making them. They wait until they have actually ended in disaster. Then they pretend to have been against them all along.
And Hitchens also discusses the rise and scrutiny surrounding new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He says as a former Labour Party member that he sees more in the way of leftism in the Blairites than he does in the Corbynistas:
The Blair faction’s ideas came from a communist magazine called Marxism Today. The magazine, in turn, got the ideas from a clever Italian revolutionary called Antonio Gramsci. He wanted a cultural revolution, a Leftist takeover of schools, universities, media, police and courts (and of conservative political parties too). That is exactly what New Labour did.