Labour isn't an Option!!! By Gilad Atzmon
In two days [on May 5th, 2005] the British people will vote in a war criminal to be their prime minister for another five years. Not only is Blair a war criminal who initiated an illegal war, the British press makes it more than clear that the man is a compulsive liar who has surrounded himself with morally degenerate advisers and obedient servants. Even his attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, the man who was supposed to uphold law within government, doesn't exactly look squeaky clean when put under scrutiny.
But surely this is not a great novelty. Blair and his junta didn't invent a thing. Politicians are known to be pretty horrible people and if this is not enough, ordinary people do tend to put their fate into the hands of nasty politicians. It seems there is something appealing about mass murderers. Stalin and Hitler were loved by their people for quite a while. But democracy was supposed to change it all; we were supposed to become morally guided peace-loving creatures. Somehow it didn't happen. Not only did it not happen, we are now killing in the name of democracy.
Thinking of Britain in terms of a morally degenerate democracy we may as well draw a lesson from the cases of America and Israel, no doubt, the two leading morally degenerate democracies. The current Israeli prime minister is a convicted war criminal. And yet it didn't stop the Israeli people from electing him twice. Needless to say, Sharon has never laid down his weapons; day by day he is engaged in killing Palestinian civilians and ethnically cleansing those who manage to survive. And yet he enjoys the support of the majority of the Israeli people. He is far more popular than any serving Israeli prime minister in recent years.
Not at all surprisingly, we find that America is no different from Israel. In the last American election Bush's success was more than just marginal. This time he won the popular vote. The majority of the American people apparently believe that the warmonger cowboy is the right man for the job. They must be happy with the American expansionist policy in the Middle East.
Thus we may conclude that it isn't only the British people who crown a war criminal. People love to be lead by warmongers. But then we should stop for a second and ask ourselves, is Britain as bad as Israel or America? Surely, we want to think that Britain is far better.
In fact, it is the other way around, Britain is far worse. While in America and Israel it is the 'right wing', the so-called 'lower classes' and the 'uneducated' who are voting in war criminals, in Britain it is the 'centre left' who are doing the job. In Britain it is the 'enlightened', 'well educated' and well-informed broadsheet readers. In Britain it is those who read day after day about the PM's lack of integrity. It is those people who read daily about the growing numbers of Iraqi civilian victims. True, they all admit in public that Mr. Blair is a dreadful choice and yet they are going to vote Labour. Furthermore, while in Israel and America the shift towards the right is usually blamed on a direct assault on the American and Israeli people, British people are yet to become victims of any direct terrorism. British people are voting for Blair in spite of his crimes, in spite of the horror this man is responsible for. This support of Labour cannot be morally justified.
Seemingly, Labour supporters have developed a unique form of righteous blindness. They say, yes we vote Labour in spite of Blair; we vote for health and education. As if the state of the NHS or the schools is something to boast about. They say, we vote for the economy; they obviously refer to Blair's prospering economy, a miraculous success maintained by masses of abused illegal immigrants who are working and living in sub-human conditions. And yet I do not intend to blame the British voter nor the Labour supporter; it isn't their fault. In fact the Brits do not have much of a choice. They have to choose between one who initiated the murder of thousands of Iraqi civilians and one who supported this illegal war in the first place. They have to choose between Blair, the compulsive liar, and Howard, the tactical liar, a man who declares a populist war against immigrants whilst praising the British people for letting his Jewish grandmother escape the Nazis.
Labour is a dead concept and yet by no means am I suggesting here that Left philosophy is moribund. The idea of equality is as alive as ever, it is just those people who were supposed to transform that idea into practice who are the problem. It is they who fooled us completely. The Labour party should have replaced Blair long before this doomed election. It is the Labour Party, once a major European Left institute, nowadays a morally bankrupt power-seeking organization. True, a few Labour MPs rebelled at the time of the Iraq War; some even left their comfortable seats. But those who were not brave enough to stand up to Blair are the real bad guys in this saga. Together with Blair they betrayed the very notion of humanism. Being the ruling party, they betrayed the British people.
Clearly the Labour Party should have spat Blair out ages ago. They should have done it not only in order to protect world peace but also to help Labour regain its moral ground. But now it is too late; in two days, when Blair is re-elected, it won't be just about Labour's moral bankruptcy. In two days it will be the entire British society that will lose its innocence forever.
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