Frontrunner for British Labor Party leader called Osama's death a 'tragedy'

The Brits are in the midst of a leadership election for the Labor Party that mirrors in some respects the angst being felt by the two parties in America over the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

The leading candidate is Jeremy Corbyn – a politician who makes Bernie Sanders look like Genghis Khan.  Mainstream Labor Leaders are wringing their hands because Corbyn has been making comments like this for years.

Telegraph:

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a "tragedy" that Osama bin Laden was killed by the United States rather than being put on trial.

The Labour leadership frontrunner made the remarks shortly after the 2012 special forces raid on the Al-Qaeda chief's Pakistan compound in which he and four others were shot dead.

In an interview for Iranian television, he suggested the assassination of the September 11 attacks' mastermind would result in deeper unrest.

It is the latest in a series of past comments and associations that the veteran left-winger has been forced to defend since emerging as the surprise favourite to succeed Ed Miliband

 In a clip from the Press TV show The Agenda, Mr Corbyn is heard complaining that there had been "no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process". He went on: "This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.
 
"The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram.
 
"Can't we learn some lessons from this? Are we just going to sink deeper and deeper? The next stage will be an attempted assassination on Gaddafi and so it will go on. This will just make the world more dangerous and worse and worse and worse."
 
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said he was "a total opponent of Al-Qaeda, all it stands for".
 
But Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said Mr Corbyn was "utterly wrong". 
 

 "Bin Laden's death was not a tragedy. The tragedy was the 2,977 who died during that awful day. We remember them," he said.

It came as George Osborne claimed a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose a threat to national security by threatening the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent.

The Chancellor said "an unholy alliance of Labour's left-wing insurgents and the Scottish nationalists" would shatter decades of near-unbroken Westminster consensus in favour of maintaining a capability. 

This is an old story for the Labor Party from the 1980s, who were led by radical pacifist and socialist Neil Kinnock.  Kinnock also wanted to get rid of the U.K.'s nuclear deterrent and draw closer to the Soviet Union, in addition to undoing Thatcher's reforms and renationalizing major industires.  Needless to say, first Margaret Thatcher and then John Major made mincemeat of Labor in national elections. 

You can see why Labor Party regulars are casting about for a viable alternative to Corbyn, but they have failed to come up with a plan.  Like Democrats in the U.S. who are swooning for Sanders – an avowed socialist who would almost certainly bring the party to ruin – the British Labor Party is facing the consequences of a radicalized base channeling anger over the economy into extremism.

The Brits are in the midst of a leadership election for the Labor Party that mirrors in some respects the angst being felt by the two parties in America over the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

The leading candidate is Jeremy Corbyn – a politician who makes Bernie Sanders look like Genghis Khan.  Mainstream Labor Leaders are wringing their hands because Corbyn has been making comments like this for years.

Telegraph:

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a "tragedy" that Osama bin Laden was killed by the United States rather than being put on trial.

The Labour leadership frontrunner made the remarks shortly after the 2012 special forces raid on the Al-Qaeda chief's Pakistan compound in which he and four others were shot dead.

In an interview for Iranian television, he suggested the assassination of the September 11 attacks' mastermind would result in deeper unrest.

It is the latest in a series of past comments and associations that the veteran left-winger has been forced to defend since emerging as the surprise favourite to succeed Ed Miliband

 In a clip from the Press TV show The Agenda, Mr Corbyn is heard complaining that there had been "no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process". He went on: "This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.
 
"The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram.
 
"Can't we learn some lessons from this? Are we just going to sink deeper and deeper? The next stage will be an attempted assassination on Gaddafi and so it will go on. This will just make the world more dangerous and worse and worse and worse."
 
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said he was "a total opponent of Al-Qaeda, all it stands for".
 
But Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said Mr Corbyn was "utterly wrong". 
 

 "Bin Laden's death was not a tragedy. The tragedy was the 2,977 who died during that awful day. We remember them," he said.

It came as George Osborne claimed a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose a threat to national security by threatening the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent.

The Chancellor said "an unholy alliance of Labour's left-wing insurgents and the Scottish nationalists" would shatter decades of near-unbroken Westminster consensus in favour of maintaining a capability. 

This is an old story for the Labor Party from the 1980s, who were led by radical pacifist and socialist Neil Kinnock.  Kinnock also wanted to get rid of the U.K.'s nuclear deterrent and draw closer to the Soviet Union, in addition to undoing Thatcher's reforms and renationalizing major industires.  Needless to say, first Margaret Thatcher and then John Major made mincemeat of Labor in national elections. 

You can see why Labor Party regulars are casting about for a viable alternative to Corbyn, but they have failed to come up with a plan.  Like Democrats in the U.S. who are swooning for Sanders – an avowed socialist who would almost certainly bring the party to ruin – the British Labor Party is facing the consequences of a radicalized base channeling anger over the economy into extremism.