Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Douglas Murray on an even more indecent left . . .

Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray, writing for The Spectator (November 27, 2015), says "It's all over for the 'decent left', and they have only themselves to blame" when their Labour Party finally speaks its mind on attacking the Islamic State (aka ISIS):
Two weeks after Paris we finally have some clarity from the political left. The current stance of their leadership (as expressed in the Parliamentary Labour party) is that while there is no justification for bombing ISIS, there are many reasons to bomb London.
How so? Because:
On the same evening that [Labour Leader] Jeremy Corbyn told his party that he could not support airstrikes on ISIS his old comrade (and head of the Labour party's new 'defence review') Ken Livingstone shared his view on Question Time that the 7/7 bombers 'gave their lives' in an act of supremely selfless objection to the 2nd Iraq War.
Why should Livingstone stop with the four terrorists' supreme sacrifice? Surely he ought to include the 52 civilians who also "gave their lives" in a sacrifice even more supreme!

But what I'd like to know is why the British neglect to insert perfectly defensible commas, i.e., after "Paris" and after the second mention of "ISIS."

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At 7:15 AM, Blogger Mikey_C said...

Ken Livingstone doesn't speak for "the decent left" and never has done. Corbyn has been forced under threat of rebellion to allow Labour MPs a free vote on bombing Syria (as if that action is going to solve anything), so I would suggest that this Henry Jackson Society chappy's triumphalism is premature.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Mikey_C said...

Re. punctuation; It's very fashionable these days to leave it out wherever possible. Maybe that's a British thing, I didn't realise.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I probably didn't express Murray's position clearly. I think he meant that the decent left has lost to the indecent left, the latter being the likes of Livingstone.

I don't entirely agree - e.g., Paul Berman is on the still extant decent left.

Jeffery Hodges

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