Monday, September 21, 2015

Threatening Jeremy Corbyn

Threatening Jeremy Corbyn

by Stephen Lendman

An unnamed senior UK general threatened Corbyn with mutiny if as future prime minister he tried downgrading Britain’s military. More on what he said below.

Western societies are too decadent to fix, morally depraved, corrupt and debauched - waging endless wars or supporting them, betraying their own people to divert maximum resources for turning one country after another to rubble, to enrich powerful elites more than ever, popular interests be damned.

Vicious Islamophobia persists. Donald Trump is comfortable with removing millions of Muslims from America. Ben Carson told NBC’s Meet the Press he “absolutely would not agree (to) put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” Their faith and values aren’t “consistent with the Constitution,” he claimed.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesman Ibrahim Hooper blasted Carson, saying his comments were “beyond the pale and he should withdraw.”

CAIR director Nihad Asad said they “disqualif(y) him from being a president.” Kieth Ellison was the first elected Muslim congressional member.

He expressed outrage, saying “(e)very American should be disturbed that these national figures are engaging in and tolerating acts of religious bigotry. It’s unimaginable that the leading GOP presidential candidates are resorting to fear-mongering to benefit their campaigns.”

Even Republican hardliner Senator Lindsey Graham called for an apology. Damage control from Carson’s campaign spokesman alone followed.

Following Trump’s Islamophobic remarks, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee blasted him, saying “(t)hese bigoted comments incite violence and hate crimes against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, including Arab-Americans.”

“The Republican Party leadership has stood idly by while many of its candidates continue to spew xenophobic hatred towards Arab-Americans and perpetuate Islamophobia.” 

“The Republican Party cannot realistically represent the United States and lead a diverse society when many of their presidential candidates blatantly ostracize American citizens because of their different religious beliefs and national origins.”

Until JFK’s 1960 election, only Protestants had a chance to become president. During Jim Crow years, African-Americans couldn’t sit at the same lunch counter as whites. Now one resides in the White House (no pun intended).

America’s war on Islam bears full responsibility for disturbing hate-mongering and vilification of one of the world’s great religions.

Lunatics in high positions are the root cause of endless conflicts and institutionalized inequality in most societies - notably Western ones claiming unjustifiable high-mindedness.

On September 20, Britain’s Sunday Times headlined “Corbyn hit by mutiny on airstrikes,” saying “wholesale dismay” in parliament followed his election as Labour party leader.

“A senior serving general (speaking on condition of anonymity) said the armed forces would take ‘direct action’ to stop a Corbyn government from downgrading them…”

“There would be mass resignations at all levels and you would face the very real prospect of an event which would effectively be a mutiny.”

“Feelings are running very high within the armed forces. You would see a major break in convention with senior generals directly and publicly challenging Corbyn over” his opposition to NATO and nuclear weapons, as well as “any plans to emasculate and shrink the size of the armed forces.”

“The Army just wouldn’t stand for it. The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardize the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul, to prevent that. You can’t put a maverick in charge of a country’s security.”

Corbyn’s spokesman said he declined to comment on remarks made anonymously. They show what he’s up against as opposition leader - let alone if he runs for prime minister in the next general election and wins.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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