There are sprawling industries and self-proclaimed career “terrorism experts” in the U.S. which profit greatly by deliberately exaggerating the threat of Terrorism and keeping Americans in a state of abject fear of “radical Islam.” There are all sorts of polemicists who build their public platforms by demonizing Muslims and scoffing at concerns over “Islamaphobia,” with the most toxic ones insisting that such a thing does not even exist, even as the mere presence of mosques is opposed across the country, or even as they are physically attacked.
From David Cameron’s official Twitter account this morning:
The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 13, 2015
I think it’s crass and unbefitting of someone who holds the UK’s most major political office, but it shows how the Tories think they can play Corbyn. I am however not altogether sure this will work, or at least not quite as the Tories expect.
Tony Blair promised to put Britain at the heart of Europe, and then failed to do it. Not only did he not take Britain into the Euro, but he also divided the EU over Iraq (preventing the development of a proper EU foreign policy). Meanwhile his delegates to Giscard d’Estaing’s Convention on the Future of Europe insisted on keeping the EU as intergovernmental as possible – something that gave us the messy two-Presidents arrangement (Barroso and Van Rompuy, now Juncker and Tusk) in the EU institutions. Now you might agree or disagree with whether these stances taken by Blair were right or not, but during this period, Britain wanted to be on board but then slow down what the EU was trying to do in some areas.
Dealing with the refugee crisis has become part of the Greek political parties’ agenda due to the forthcoming elections on September 20.
Refugees dropped daily at Piraeus Harbour,Greece. Demotix/ Dimitrios Karvounzis. All rights reserved.September 1922: Greeks flee burning Smyrna to escape death and destruction. Aegean islands receive crowds of exhausted, sick, humiliatedpeople, deprived nearly of everything.