New UK Labour Party boss Jeremy Corbyn is not a Jew-hating Hamas supporter, just because he referred to his “honour and pleasure” to host “our friends” from Hamas and Hezbollah. Perish the thought. He was just, according to him, he just wanted Hamas "to be part of the debate."
And that's why his new communicators director is a fan of Hamas.
Guardian associate editor Seumas Milne has been appointed Director of Communications for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Telegraph reported on Tuesday.Here is Milne shrieking about Hamas' spirit of resistance.
"Even now, despite the horrific casualties, Hamas is not broken and will not be broken because of the spirit of resistance of the Palestinian people," Milne said.
After 9/11, Milne wrote, "Perhaps it is too much to hope that, as rescue workers struggle to pull firefighters from the rubble, any but a small minority might make the connection between what has been visited upon them and what their government has visited upon large parts of the world."
He wrote about the Muslim beheading of British soldier Lee Rigby, "Rigby was a British soldier who had taken part in multiple combat operations in Afghanistan. So the attack wasn't terrorism in the normal sense of an indiscriminate attack on civilians."
Before joining the Guardian, Milne worked for the pro-Stalinist Communist Party publication, Straight Left.And Milne had plenty of excuses for Communism.
For all its brutalities and failures, communism in the Soviet Union, eastern Europe and elsewhere delivered rapid industrialisation, mass education, job security and huge advances in social and gender equality... . Its existence helped to drive up welfare standards in the west, boosted the anticolonial movement and provided a powerful counterweight to western global domination.Bemoaned the fall of the Berlin Wall.
I think it certainly was surprising that there was so little resistance to what took place. And that's got a sort of positive and a negative side to it... But I think the fact was that there was a group of people in power who saw that they stood to benefit from the restoration of capitalism, and many ordinary people who benefited in many ways from the former socialism there was in eastern Europe didn't really feel ownership of the system, and they didn't necessarily see what was happening or what they could do to stop it.So the UK Labour Party is now the Hamas Party and the Stalin Party. It lost the Jewish vote. It insists on losing the votes of everyone except the craziest most hateful elements of the left.
But if you look at the opinion polls then and even more now, most people in a good number of those countries regret the loss of those benefits and the positive aspects of that system. As you [George Galloway] mentioned, in eastern Germany most people today have a positive view of the former east Germany, the GDR, and regret its passing...
There are pieces even in The Independent and the New Statesman bemoaning Milne's appointment.
Tony Blair predicted, "If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation."
Here we go.