The Media Attacks Corbyn’s Opposition to Conflict Escalation

Broke, Bright and British

On August 20, Ben Myring spoke at about Corbyn’s foreign policy being “genuinely radical” (in contrast to his economic policies, which were said to be only “moderately left-wing” or even “centrist”). Leaving NATO, he said, would be “extraordinarily dangerous… isolationism”. Supposedly, Corbyn’s “opposition to the current coalition bombing campaign” in Syria was “utterly at odds” with his “supposed solidarity” with ‘Kurds’ (a term ignorantly used to suggest that the politics of all Kurds was the same). What Myring ignored, however, was the alternative to Western military intervention, which would be to pressure NATO member Turkey into reaching a lasting peace deal with the PKK and opening a humanitarian corridor into Rojava, through which the YPG/YPJ defence forces could receive reinforcements and fight ISIS effectively all by themselves. Myring’s stance, in short, was that Western intervention was the only option, as ISIS would simply “overrun the Kurdish-defended…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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