On Sunday, Jeremy Corbyn – who has a track record of opposition to abuses in Syria – reacted with outrage to news of the chemical attack on Syrian civilians:
The latest attack in Syria – believed to have involved chlorine gas or similar – took place just over a year after an attack using the deadly nerve agent Sarin killed more than eighty people and just over a month after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, which the government has said involved another nerve agent.
Corbyn faced criticism at the time of his statesmanlike response to the Salisbury poisoning, with his call for a measured, evidence-based approach to Britain’s response condemned by adventurist Tories and centrists as disloyal, even traitorous.
But Establishment memories are short – and it’s hard to argue that it is accidental.
Because in 2014, the UK was revealed to be selling the components used in the manufacture of Sarin – to the Syrians:
The UK’s hands are far from clean when it comes to the illegal, international use of deadly toxins – and the country should be thankful to have one person leading a major UK political party who takes a balanced view of international affairs, is routinely on the right side of history and has respect for international law and due process.
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