Second time's the charm?
It looks like we'll be back in the middle east before long. Cameron wanted us in there a couple of years ago, to fight alongside the rebel groups against Assad. Now he wants us in to fight against what those rebel groups became - Daesh - but also we still hate Assad, boo hiss!
This will be the death of Corbyn. I like the guy, but he's still the leader of an exploitative pro-capitalist political entity. He has born torn into by the media since before winning leadership of the party and now faces the mutinous warmongers within Labour that, along with the resentful Blairite portion, will strike hard to unseat him. If that happens Labour will be lost for generations, but they don't care because they have power as capitalists if not in government.
I remember watching, once in the period Merely Bland was Labour leader, the state opening of Parliament. Both parties, behind their leader like kids in school assembly, filing into the house. Merely Bland and Cameron were walking beside each other chatting and smiling like old friends. In a way they are: comrades in capitalism. Never forgot that image, and neither should you. That's what it's all about. Apparently Mrs Merely Bland went to school with Mrs Osborne and remain chums. Besties!
Corbyn is done for: if he goes against the wishes of his party and forces a whip he will either stuff Cameron and be relentless torn again, portrayed as Jihadi Jez forever more. If he loses he will be targeted as a weak leader, likewise if he allows a free vote. He is, simply put, damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
So why do we even bother voting any more? This is a system akin to domestic violence - and, like the poor wayward victims thereof, we go back for more, mistaking thuggery for liberty in this case. (I'm sure that was a horrible analogy). We know these parties are all the same, we know they establish hierarchies over us, we know they don't listen (tax credits anyone?) - and we know they need us to be complicit in our own exploitation. To that end, they will tell you that "grandad died fighting t'Nazis so you could vote"; that's just bollocks. He died because the jingoistic propaganda deployed by the ruling elite (whose blood isn't that which gets spilt on the foreign fields and shores) convinced him to take up swords and guns, or because he felt his home was being threatened. It had nothing to do with future generations voting or not.
Direct action is the only solution. We must not legitimise this system. We must not become complicit in our own exploitation.
(PS: I use the term Daesh for two reasons: firstly they hate it, secondly I do not recognise a tyrannical bloodthirsty theocracy as a legitimate society)