The radical left provides Iran’s ‘useful idiots’ in the West

Like the alt-right they so oppose, alt-left politicians and thinkers harbour an inherent distrust of anything their governments say and tend to adopt propaganda created by Russia.
Sunday 23/06/2019
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an election campaign in Kent, United Kingdom, May 9. (Reuters)
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an election campaign in Kent, United Kingdom, May 9. (Reuters)

Whenever Iran finds itself in hot water, its legion of sycophants come out the woodwork to defend whatever villainy Tehran is up to.

When two oil tankers were attacked off the coast of Fujairah, it did not take a genius to figure out that Iran was responsible. Indeed, operatives from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were sighted by the crews of the vessels, spotted approaching the tankers by reconnaissance aircraft patrolling the Gulf and were caught on camera removing a mine from the hull of one of the targeted ships in a clear attempt to hide evidence of Iran’s involvement.

Despite this veritable avalanche of evidence and Iran being the only actor with motive in the region to conduct such attacks on international commercial shipping in the Arabian Gulf, the mullahs’ Western apologists were wheeled out in quick succession to cast doubt and spread dezinformatsiya.

In Britain, one need look no further than the radical left to see where Tehran’s lobbying efforts have taken root. British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately called to see “more credible evidence” that Iran was involved and blamed US President Donald Trump for the escalation. One of his main allies, the leftist George Galloway, labelled all those who doubt Iran as “useful idiots” who are whipping the hounds of war.

It is almost as if it is a recurring joke in a poorly written sitcom.

Corbyn is notorious for following a highly sceptical and conspiracy-believing “anti-imperialist” thought process that is common among the alt-left. When Russian agents poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal with the Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury in 2018, out came Corbyn demanding to see more “credible evidence” before he agreed that Russia was responsible.

It beggars belief just how much Corbyn distrusts his country’s own intelligence services as well as independent reporting by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which concluded the same thing the British government did. How much more “credible evidence” does he need?

Like the alt-right they so oppose, alt-left politicians and thinkers harbour an inherent distrust of anything their governments say and tend to adopt propaganda created by Russia and Iran and taking it at face value without fact-checking.

While they are “anti-imperialist,” that seems only to apply to the United States and its allies because they do not seem to mind Russian imperialism in Syria or Iran’s imperialism in Iraq that has led to the sectarian slaughter of untold thousands.

To their conspiracy-addled minds, even aid workers such as the White Helmets, who have verifiably saved countless lives across Syria, are actually “terrorists” masquerading as humanitarians, no matter what evidence is provided that proves the contrary.

As such, the only “useful idiots” on the scene are ones who play into the hands of Iran, willingly or otherwise. Such people justify the brutality of not only Iran but also that of its allies such as Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and the Lebanese Shia jihadists of Hezbollah.

They also side with Iran simply because they disagree with the governments of the region and they will stay silent whenever civilians in those countries are harmed. While the likes of Corbyn and Galloway rave about Saudi Arabia, they barely utter a word of condemnation or condolence when Saudis are the target of terrorist attacks such as the Houthi missile strike on Abha International Airport.

The double standards practised by these radical leftists are no less dangerous than the views of the alt-right. While they claim support of the people of the region, they are more sectarian than some of the worst regional actors as they stay silent on the mass slaughter of Sunnis by Iran and its Shia militant proxies, yet are immediately up in arms the second Saudi Arabia so much as twitches.

Such people can never be trusted to support what is just and right as long as they hold these highly discriminatory views and act in the interests of mass murders and dictators.

A file photo shows former British member of parliament George Galloway speaking at a rally in London. (Reuters)
A file photo shows former British member of parliament George Galloway speaking at a rally in London. (Reuters)
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