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Of course, British subjects know there are good reasons to oppose a military strike, and they understand the complications of the situation in Syria. But these groups are unabashedly pro-Assad, and have gained ground by being able to exploit the anti-war sentiment of the populace. They are supporters of Assad, the Iranian mullahs, and Hamas, and are avowed enemies of democracy and the United States. Although they now oppose al-Qaeda because of its fight against Assad, they have not hesitated to support al-Qaeda’s actions in the past, such as when these elements of the British Left argued that 9/11 was a just rebuke to the American government and U.S. imperialism.

As Gilligan writes, the Stop the War Coalition has “at least a certain brutal clarity: Assad is right and must win.”

Ed Miliband is too smart to favor such a goal, and his stand against Cameron did not have a victory for Assad as his intent. But I agree with Gilligan’s conclusion: “Providing succor to the regime was, and is, quite clearly the intention of many of Mr. Miliband’s new friends.”

As usual, in opposing the position of the administration for a military strike, those who are against it must always remain vigilant and be able to recognize that not all opponents of war are made up of groups they should align with. Not all who take the same position are doing so for good reasons.

In this country, Code Pink and Answer are lurking around the corner, and hopefully will remain isolated and without influence. In some ways, we are way ahead of the Brits.

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I don't know what is so surprising about this. The extreme left has long supported any flavour of islam which is anti-western (that tends to mean all of them). Faced with a choice between two, the left opts for the one which seems to have more chance of winning. Right now, that's Assad.

When the leftist needs "to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them", that causes a lot less anguish for him (or her) than it did for Winston Smith. For believing impossible things, the left can far outdo Carroll's White Queen, too, but she didn't have nukes, or even the Gatling Gun.

Don't underestimate the cynicism of the "left". Millions of them, around the world, washed their brains out on 23rd August, 1939, then washed them out, all over again, on 22nd June, 1941.

By the way, about that "mass" rally... I was in London that day and even went through Trafalgar Square, along with plenty of other places in central London. I saw no sign whatever of this supposed rally. You could fit the current British communist party into one of those red telephone-boxes that Americans so like to photograph.

(Incidentally, during the Cold War, the cpUK's rag, Morning Star, was subsidised by the ussr (thereby, ironically, doing its bit to torpedo the latter's economy). Recently, it found a new sugar-daddy, Len McCluskey, head of the Unison trade union and chief bank-roller, in recent years, of the labour party:

http://crashbangwallace.com/2013/04/22/red-len-and-the-morning-mouthpiece/
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"As usual, in opposing the position of the administration for a military strike, those who are against it must always remain vigilant and be able to recognize that not all opponents of war are made up of groups they should align with. Not all who take the same position are doing so for good reasons. "

I don't much care why someone opposes Insane Hussein and even more Insane McCain in their "Support Our Friends The Rebels" madness, just as long as they oppose them. Such hand wringing is a trivial pursuit for a grown man.
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