… or even “anti-war”.
The StWC has been actively campaigning against military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria since it was created in 2001. Thus it was inevitable that both Jeremy Corbyn and StWC would be against any military action in Syria. Though, as we shall see, not because they are pacifists or even anti-war.
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has only just accused those who are against air-strikes against the Islamic State in Syria as being “terrorist sympathisers”. He's right. However, Leftists are terrorist sympathisers not because they oppose air-strikes; but because they are literally sympathetic towards terrorist groups (e.g., Hamas and Hezbollah) and terror-supporting states (e.g., Iran and Syria) and their various causes. Isolationists and others, on the other hand, will be against Syrian intervention for very different reasons.
First things first. Jeremy Corbyn is not – repeat not – a pacifist and it's a disgrace that certain tabloids and commentators have described him in that that way. He is self-described as a "anti-imperialist campaigner" who's working within the system he ultimately wants to destroy. This is a stance which dates back to Antonio Gramsci in the late 1920s and 1930s. After that, the Frankfurt School, Saul Alinsky and many others have updated Gramscian theories for their own countries and for their own times.
Since we're on the subject of the StWC, it's also worth mentioning the strong connections between its leaders and activists and the Iranian theocratic state. Various StWC leaders have presented programmes for Iran's Press TV channel; along with other Islamist outlets. George Galloway, for example, is also an important leader of the Stop the War Coalition.
|John Rees and CAGE|
i) They are strong supporters of Iran. Iran is a strong supporter of Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. (Here is John Rees saying “Don't Attack Iran!''.)
ii) 'Western capitalist states' would be carrying out the military intervention in Syria. Therefore that's automatically wrong because, according to Marxist logic, it will be exclusively driven by the “inevitable laws of capitalist accumulation and imperialism”.