If it wasn’t for Boris, this evil bastard would be PM.
Now the actual Telegraph headline :
Jeremy Corbyn criticises the UK for ‘prolonging the war in Ukraine’
The former Labour leader said sending weapons to Kyiv won’t bring about a solution and the West must instead secure a peace deal
By Jack Maidment, POLITICS LIVE BLOG EDITOR 2 August 2022 •
Jeremy Corbyn says the West should stop supplying arms to Ukraine and focus on securing a peace deal insteadCREDIT: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com
Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the UK and the West for supplying Ukraine with weapons as he said “pouring arms in” will only “prolong and exaggerate” the war.
He said it is “disappointing” that “hardly any of the world’s leaders use the word peace” when discussing the war and claimed too many “use the language of more war and more bellicose war”.
Mr Corbyn, the independent MP for Islington North, also said that “much more effort” must be put into securing a peace deal and if the UN cannot negotiate a ceasefire then it should make way for an organisation which can.
The comments, made in an interview with Al Mayadeen, an independent Arab satellite news channel, are likely to prompt a ferocious backlash from Tory and Labour MPs alike.
Tobias Ellwood, the chairman of the Defence Select Committee and a former defence minister, labelled Mr Corbyn’s comments “deeply irresponsible”.
He told The Telegraph: “He is illustrating yet again why he would have been such an inappropriate prime ministerfor the nation because he doesn’t understand that the geopolitical consequences of supporting democracy occasionally means using hard power.
“This is deeply irresponsible for a senior politician. I hope his comments are not seen to (undermine) the wider support for, and the commitment to, supporting Ukraine following this unprovoked invasion by Putin.”
The UK has been one of the leading backers of Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, as his forces try to repel the Russian invasion.
Britain has sent hundreds of millions of pounds worth of military aid to Ukraine in recent months and Mr Zelensky has repeatedly praised Boris Johnson for standing by his country in the fight against Vladimir Putin.
But Mr Corbyn criticised the decision to send weapons as he said: “Pouring arms in isn’t going to bring about a solution. It is only going to prolong and exaggerate this war.
“We might be in for years and years of war in the Ukraine. But then the world woke up and suddenly realised that Russia and Ukraine are the world’s biggest grain exporters and something has to be done so they came to an agreement and I hope it holds to export grain through Odesa and through the Bosphorus to the rest of the world. That is a good move.
“But at the same time putting more and more arms into Ukraine isn’t going to bring about it.”
Mr Zelenksy has made clear that he will not agree to cede any land to Russia to secure a peace deal.
Mr Corbyn said there must be “more, much more effort, put into peace”.
He said: “What I find disappointing is that hardly any of the world’s leaders use the word peace. They always use the language of more war and more bellicose war.
“Ukrainians are dying, Ukrainians have gone into exile, thousands and thousands, and Russian soldiers are dying, conscripted young Russian soldiers are dying. This war is disastrous for the people of Ukraine, for the people of Russia and for the safety and security of the whole world.
“And therefore there has to be more, much more effort, put into peace.”
Mr Corbyn said the UN “ought to be centre stage” in peace efforts and added: “If the UN cannot negotiate a ceasefire of some sort then bring in somebody else who can.
“The African Union, League of Arab States, there are many forums around the world that have no direct economic interest one way or the other between Russia and Ukraine who might be able to broker a peace. But there has to be peace, otherwise what are we looking at?”
Mr Corbyn also said that the war is having a “huge” impact on Europe in terms of energy supplies. He claimed that Germany “cannot exist without Russian gas”.
Some live comments coming in now:
“Tell that to the Ukrainians that have been murdered and assaulted in the most heinous way. You utter communist traitor! How’s the million pound plus house in Islington and your massive family wealth. Just Foxtrot Off!”
The Hidden Paw:
“To think this clown though he was capable of leading the UK. Utter failure to grasp the realpolitik of the situation due his twisted anti-British idealism. No wonder he even lost an Election to Theresa May, perhaps the most hopeless leader of the Tory party in history. Corbyn’s utterances are rendered meaningless by his past record of being wrong on just about everything.”
Lord Inso Much-as:
“Comrade Corbyn. A history of being wrong with dubious links to evil and corrupt regimes such as Iran and Venezuela. Putin’s probably topping up Jezza’s savings just like the aforementioned states.”
“So essentially Corbyn wants us to surrender to Russia. Typical Corbyn. Absolutely appalling. Yet Starmer supported this man.”
“I imagine the IRA supporting Corbyn would blame the americans for the gratuitous horrific cruelty by some russian soldiers.”
A troll :
“So how is this war going to end then? Ukraine destroyed, ten of thousands of Ukrainians including civilians killed, millions homeless? If the US, EU and NATO had stopped and looked at their expansionist strategy and been prepared to see the situation from a Russian perspective they could possibly have prevented this conflict. Examine the history since the collapse of the USSR. Look carefully at the 2008 Budapest NATO meeting and the coup in 2014. This crisis has been long in the making. It’s Putin’s responsibility but there has been US/EU provocation.”
- Mickey Mouse. Reply to M Saxton:
- “Utter nonsense. Neither Nato or anyone else wants to attack Russia. In fact, European armies have largely gone to seed. Most countries would simply prefer to buy Russian gas. That’s it. The same regards the US. No-one wants a war. They’d rather open McDonalds. The only person who has systematically acted in an militarily aggressive manner over the last few decade is Putin. Like H.i.t.l.e.r before him in Mien Kampf, Putin has clearly stated what he believes: The collapse of the USSR was a disaster and the countries of Eastern European aren’t even real countries. Invading them was only a matter of time. He hates Nato because it stands in the way of his ambitions.”