Via Norm I learn that David Aaronovitch is presenting a documentary on Channel 5 in which he:
“[E]xplains where the left have gone wrong on Israel, Palestine, the War in Iraq and the War on Terror.”
That’s good of him, but it would be better for him to explain where the left have gone right on matters of global affairs, as the documentary is only scheduled for 45 minutes and trying to explain in this time where the left have gone wrong is no mean feat. But I think Aaronovitch is wasting his time as it is staggeringly obvious, and always has been, where the left has gone wrong.
After all, they were wrong about the Russian revolution, they were wrong about the Russian civil war, they were wrong about Lenin and the intentions of the Bolsheviks, they were hopelessly naive about the Spanish civil war, they were wrong about the threat posed by Hitler, they were wrong about Stalin, they were wrong about post-war Europe, they were wrong about North Korea, wrong about Mao and China, wrong about East Germany and the Berlin Wall, wrong about NATO and the Warsaw Pact, wrong about the Vietnamese communists, wrong about Fidel Castro and Cuba, wrong about the deployment of US missiles into Europe, wrong about Ronald Reagan, wrong about Afghanistan, and wrong on the entire communist experiment and its millions upon millions of victims.
So excuse my sceptism, but if you’re going to make a documentary on where the left has gone wrong, it needs to be a 12-part DVD box set with special pull-out wall chart. The failures of the left over the last five years may need explaining to some on the left who cannot fathom what is going on within their own ranks, but to the rest of us this is simply a continuation of nearly a century of similar wrongheadedness for which someone else, always someone else, pays in oceans of blood.
He asks how we’ve got to the point where British Socialists support Islamofascist Terrorism.
My suggestion is that he asks instead how British Socialists supported the cold-blooded murder of an entire family, including the disabled 13-year old son and 4 young daughters, along with their doctor, cook, valet, maid, and dog and the soaking of their bodies in acid before chucking them down a mineshaft in Ekaterinburg. He can proceed from there to enquire why, when it became abundantly clear that people were dying in their tens of millions in the Soviet Union, British Socialists refused to accept the evil nature of the communist regime, defended its leaders wherever they could, and did everything they could to thwart attempts by British parliamentarians to confront the Soviet government.
Once he’s got some answers to these questions, understanding how British Socialists are now supporting a different gang of mass murderers should be pretty damned easy.