Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Terrorism in apartheid South Africa 'justifiable' - UK Foreign Secretary

You people over in the UK need to rid yourselves of that Labour government. Any government whose Foreign Secretary condones terrorism in any form is a government well past its sell-by date. Read what David Miliband had to say in relation to the ANC terrorist activities in South Africa and its "acceptable use" during the apartheid years. Incredible. And this guy is next in line for PMship.


Steven Glover of the Daily Mail (UK)

So Mr Miliband thinks terrorism is 'justifiable'. That makes him even more of a grade-A chump than I already thought.

Many will remember the photograph taken of David Miliband at last autumn's Labour Party Conference.

The Foreign Secretary was pictured clutching a banana, grinning like a deranged chimpanzee.

This was at a time when Mr Miliband appeared to be positioning himself to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister.

Along with other gaffes he made around the same time, the banana incident seemed to establish that the Foreign Secretary was a grade-A chump who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near No 10.

Now Mr Miliband has confirmed that reputation - only this time it is much more serious.

In an interview on BBC Radio 4's Great Lives programme, he declared that there are certain circumstances in which terrorism is 'justifiable' as well as 'effective'.

He spoke in favour of the use of terrorism against the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Mr Miliband made these remarks while praising Joe Slovo, a white Marxist who was one of the leaders of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the military wing of the African National Congress, during the struggle against apartheid.

The ANC was responsible for a number of terrorist acts in South Africa during the Seventies and Eighties, the worst of which involved the deaths of 19 people when a bomb was let off in the capital, Pretoria, in 1983.

This must be the first time in history that a Foreign Secretary, or indeed any senior government minister, has publicly endorsed the use of terror.

For Mr Miliband to have done so is a very grave political misjudgment. It also calls into question his moral sense.

How can it ever be 'justifiable' to kill innocent women and children in a terrorist act?

Even as he speaks, British soldiers are dying almost daily in Afghanistan, usually as a result of roadside bombs planted by the Taliban. At the weekend, the number of fatalities passed 200.

By any definition, the use of these explosive devices constitutes terrorism. I imagine Mr Miliband would agree.

What, then, are British soldiers who are risking their lives in Afghanistan, and their desperately worried families back at home, to make of his partial defence of terrorism?

I suppose the Taliban might argue that they are targeting British servicemen, and not women and children.

No such caveat could be entered in the case of the 2005 London bombings when 52 innocent people were murdered. Those random attacks represented terrorism at its most pitiless.

I am sure that Mr Miliband condemned them at the time, and that he would do so if - God forbid - bombers were to strike again in a British city.

Why give terrorists any comfort or feeling of self-justification by declaring that terror is sometimes 'justifiable'?

He did not specify when it is and when it isn't, and thus left the door open for every killer.

What the Foreign Secretary should have said, if he had to speak at all, is that terrorism is always wrong.

It was wrong in South Africa, despite what he says.

No one doubts that the apartheid regime was unjust and sometimes cruel, though by no means on the scale of what happened in Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany.

But there were vocal opponents of the regime, such as Helen Suzman and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others.

In short, there were effective ways of criticising and even undermining the apartheid regime apart from murdering innocent people.

Mr Miliband is not even right to suggest that terrorist acts by the ANC were 'effective'.

There were relatively few of them, and normal life in South Africa was never seriously disrupted.

Apartheid was ended not because of the activities of the terrorists but as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The South African government felt that it could do a deal with the ANC once it had been deprived of its communist paymasters.

Terrorism cannot be justified by the ANC in South Africa, or by the IRA in Northern Ireland, or by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, or by extreme Zionists at the birth of Israel, or by Hamas in Israel today.

If terrorists have a genuine grievance - and they often don't, and seldom represent the majority - that grievance should be pursued by peaceful means.

One of my heroines is Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader sentenced last week to a new period of house arrest, who opposes the authoritarian and sometimes murderous Burmese generals, not by inciting her many followers to violence, but through calm and reasoned and dignified resistance.

The generals are rightly terrified that she will ultimately prevail.

There may, I grant, be one case in a hundred in which activities which might be thought akin to terrorism can be justified.

One such example would be that of the French Resistance in the last war.

The defence of their actions is that they were defending their country against an invading force after their own army had left the field.

No other course of action was open to them - not even passive resistance. And they generally targeted enemy servicemen rather than innocent civilians.

If he had to open his mouth at all, Mr Miliband could have invoked this example rather than the South African one.

It transpires that the 18-year-old David Miliband once opened the front door of his parents' house to find Joe Slovo standing there.

He had turned up unannounced to chew the cud with David's father, Ralph, a well-known Marxist academic who doubtless approved of the armed struggle.

The Foreign Secretary may seem an ineffectual, rather silly sort of fellow, but one catches a glimpse of dubious affiliations and disturbing values that may not have been entirely disowned.

It is not, after all, a very wide step from defending terrorism to approving of torture.

Despite mounting evidence, the British government and Mr Miliband have repeatedly denied any involvement in the torture of foreign detainees.

I would have thought that the mind that can countenance terrorism as a legitimate activity is unlikely to baulk at torture. The end justifies the means.

It so happens that Mr Miliband's hero, and thoroughly nice chap, Joe Slovo was a leading light in the armed wing of the ANC at a time when (by the organisation's own subsequent admission) it regularly used torture, usually against its own members, in its terrorist camps in Angola, Uganda and Tanzania.

Even now, to be Foreign Secretary of Great Britain is a great honour and a heavy responsibility.

The world may not realise that the successor of Canning, Palmerston, Curzon and Eden is constructed from a very thin and unsatisfactory clay.

When the person who occupies this great office opens his mouth, many people still listen.

And what do they hear? That terrorism is sometimes 'justifiable'.

How mystifying this message must be to potential victims at home and abroad; and how encouraging to the terrorists making their bombs, grateful for any excuse and justification to go on with their killing.

7 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

Labour is finished in the UK. Fizzled out, kaput, klaar. With Gordon Brown's inept, ham fisted and totally visionless leadership, in all the polls at whatever level (including the recent Europena elections) labour has performed dismally. The conservatives will take power next year with the general elections. David Cameron is the ipso facto next PM of the UK. David Milliband is a non contender, a "never was"

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Milliband,

In that case you'll have to agree that the use of terrorism by Muslims in the UK is justifiable because of the wrongs your society has done the Muslim population. And I'm sure you'll agree that if you have a limb or two removed by a bus bomb in the UK, that it will be for a good cause. So I'm sure you will support my policy of funding Muslim interest groups to blow your limbs off. Enjoy the sense of justice you will derive from that. Enjoy.

Stinking white pinko Marxist Egalitarian Philanthropist convert in South Africa.

Viking said...

well said, Exzanian. And good riddance to bad rubbish.

Anonymous said...

The British will always remain our enemies. Like it or lump it - we will end up fighting them again.

FishEagle said...

Anon, O God no! Use your head and unite with other whites to face the onslaught of other races.

Anonymous said...

Hope some Raghead Freedom Fighters blow him a new asshole!

Islandshark said...

I agree with Exzanian - Labour won't see another term.

The problem is Milliband will probably agree with Muslim terrorism in UK - they don't have the backbone to stand up and say enough is enough.

But they want to piss and moan when the BNP does it for them.

David Cameron has more sense than the load of expense-fixing Labourers put together.