can’t speak for anyone else and i’m not really a corbynista but my feeling was it was the hypocrisy of the media that pissed off the comrades. all this pressure to say what he thought about the violence when:
a) the skewed reporting of ven. means very few people are aware of the dozens of innocent people the brave and noble opposition have killed since january alone. they burn people alive, flay them, shoot them, stab them, lynch them.
b) the question “do you condemn the violence…” itself is loaded to imply total guilt on the ven government’s part and none at all on “the opposition”. so just by acknowledging the question corbyn is forced to accept a false narrative.
c) theresa may is supplying the supposedly tyrannical government of venezuela with arms, as well as trafficking guns to legitimate fascists in saudi and turkey, as well as approving recruitment and training of non-isis jihadis in the middle east, and this is ignored by the same human rights crusaders pressuring the boy over venezuela.
d) what’s happening in brazil is a powder keg and is the result of a capitalist coup in all but name, yet this doesn’t enter into the discussion for obvious reasons. let’s ask the media why they aren’t condemning the new government.
there’s no way you can fit all that into a 30 second soundbite for the evening news and any hint of a nuanced reply is seen as lefty-liberal nonsense by the animals in the press. very hard.
whereas in america, i’d say it’s totally different because:
- america is supposed to have a radical tradition of opposing tyranny (supposed to)
- the president is supposed to be the embodiment of that (supposed to)
- nazis represent tyranny. antifa and dsa and iww and the rest all represent the repudiation of tyranny. it shouldn’t be hard for a president to know which side to condemn, even if he privately doesn’t agree with the politics of the counter-protesters.
i saw the IRA stuff and it totally defeats me. there’s no parallel whatsoever there. even accounting for their bombing campaign the crimes of the empire and the military state against the irish claimed 100s of 1000s more lives. complete non-sequitur and massively fudging historical facts. corbyn should condemn what the IRA did once for every 1000 times the UK government condemns what they did.
ultimately the people calling for condemnations want to score points, they don’t care about human life.
lot longer than i meant this to be.