Nick Cohen in today's Observer asks;
"Why is Palestine a cause for the liberal left, but not China, Sudan, Zimbabwe, the Congo or North Korea?"
The left give prominence to Palestine because there are idiots like Nick Cohen etc defending the US and Israel's fascism but thankfully no-one is defending the fascism of China, Sudan, Zimbabwe etc. Both right and left can slag those places off whereas only the left take a stand against Israel and the US's unjust actions. Remember also that the US actions are made more frightening because they are the most powerful nation on Earth.
Nick Cohen tries to lump the majority of the left in with George Galloway and Socialist Worker loons just because they both opposed the war. There is a world of difference between them. Yes the left could have been more vocal in denouncing Saddam, yes some on the left are anti-American and shamelessly defend Islamism, and yes the removal of Saddam is a good thing but the price paid has been enormous. The left were correct to predict that the Middle East is in a far worse place than it would have been. The left were correct that terrorism would be boosted and that Iraq was no threat to us. And yes the left were correct that the war was about oil. Why else has the real threat from North Korea been ignored by the neocons but Iraq invaded?
But what about Nick's other claims about the left?
"Why after 7/7.. did leftish newspapers..[excuse].. suicide bombers?"
Firstly they didn't 'excuse' anyone, they just tried to understand what had motivated the bombers. Which is an entirely legitimate exercise. If we are to stop it happening again, we have to understand what motivates these actions. To try to suppress the debate by calling people unpatriotic is the tactics of Reagan, Thatcher and the worst elements of the right wing. It is one step away from a fascist suppression of free speech.
"Why were.. the left denying.. Serb concentration camps?"
Were they? I must have missed that. Anyone that did that was wrong. Once again Nick is picking on the worst elements of the left (Galloway, SWP etc.) and claiming them as the majority, they are not.
"Why were you as likely to read that a sinister conspiracy of Jews controlled American or British foreign policy in a superior literary journal as in a neo-Nazi hate sheet?"
Oh! Come on! 'As likely'? I think there is some wild exageration going on here. Lets hear the examples of these articles? I imagine they are few and far between.
I have a feeling that like Stephen Pollard and Oliver Kamm before him, who claimed to be on the left, Nick may soon be voting Tory.
I have a theory as to why so many from a communist background end up as Tories.
Those raised in such a cocooned privileged environment unaffected by the reality of the outside world are purely interested in the beauty of such a black and white ideology and in comparison social democracy seems disappointing because it gives no clear simple answers. Whereas those like Ken Livingstone and myself with working class Tories as parents realise what a difference social democracy (or a lack of it) can make to people's lives, because we have witnessed it first hand.