“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things that act against everything we believe in. They must be fought!”
Jeremy Corbyn is a deeply flawed individual. Only someone who is lacking in morals or who is, at best, amoral would sign such an Early Day Motion as this one:
In a verdict, which was two decades in the making, a tribunal at the Hague convicted the Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić of genocide and other atrocities during the Nineties Bosnian war. He will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Reinhard Heydrich, a friend of the Jews …
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, there is a man, a member of the Labour Party, whose party membership was suspended after he gave out materials at a meeting that stated that Reinhard Heydrich was a friend of the Jews.
Reinhard Heydrich, a friend of the Jews.
If you are one of those Corbyn supporters who thinks this is ancient history or that there is room for a debate on such a matter then here is a history lesson just for you.
Reinhard Heydrich, unlike Hitler and many a senior Nazi, was the blonde haired, blue eyed poster boy for the Nazi Party.
Heydrich was a cultured Nazi. He played classical piano and had a pilot’s licence.
Heydrich was the good Nazi that every fascist mom and dad would have loved to see their daughter bring home as her beau.
Reinhard Heydrich chaired the Wannsee Conference in January 1942.
But he was a friend of the Jews?
Reinhard Heydrich was the man who turned Hitler’s thoughts, opinions and musings on the fate of World Jewry into a reality, into a living nightmare.
But he was a friend of the Jews?
Reinhard Heydrich was an SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei as well as chief of the Reich Main Security Office.
But he was a friend of the Jews?
There was no Fuehrer Directive entitled the Final Solution …
There was Heydrich and there were the men who attended the Conference at Wannsee.
But he and they were friends of the Jews?
They were the people, the men who drew up the plan that saw the Holocaust move from what one might describe as a cottage industry of death into an industrial programme of mass murder.
But they were friends of the Jews?
Reinhard Heydrich was, if anyone could be in a regime so riven by rival camps and competing factions, the most likely successor to Adolf Hitler.
Reinhard Heydrich was a friend of the Jews and the untermenschen?
On 27th September 1941, Heydrich was appointed Deputy Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, the part of Czechoslovakia incorporated into the Reich on 15th March 1939, and assumed full control of the territory.
Heydrich was, to all intents and purposes, the Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, given the Reich Protector was sent on leave just after Heydrich became his deputy.
Heydrich’s ultimate objective was to Germanize Bohemia and Moravia.
Heydrich’s brutal policies during his time as Deputy Reich Protector quickly earned him the nickname, “the Butcher of Prague”.
Was Heydrich a friend of the Czechs as well as the Jews?
Heydrich’s career as Deputy Reich Protector came to a premature end on June 4th 1942.
A team of Czechs, trained by Labour Minister Hugh Dalton’s Special Operations Executive, had parachuted into Czechoslovakia on 28th December 1941. Their mission was to assassinate Heydrich.
The team ambushed Heydrich on 27th May 1942. Unfortunately, for Heydrich, they botched the attempt.
Heydrich was only wounded and managed to return the fire of his assassins, even chasing them through the streets of Libeň, a suburb of Prague.
Then common humanity took a hand …
Common humanity, of which some Corbyn fanatics seem to have precious little, then took a hand when Heydrich eventually collapsed from shock.
A Czech woman went to Heydrich’s aid and an ambulance was improvised to take the Butcher of Prague to Bulovka Hospital.
There Czech doctors, true to their Hippocratic Oath, and latterly German medical men sought to save Heydrich’s life.
Heydrich underwent a series of painful operations and eventually, after rallying and hope being denied, died of sepsis on 4th June 1942.
I am an avowed opponent of capital punishment, but the manner in which Heydrich met his death arouses no pity in me.
The Hippocratic Oath
I am not sure, had I been a medical man in the operating theatre on 27th May 1942, if I would have been able to keep my Hippocratic Oath.
The Oath is a promise made by people when they become doctors to do everything possible to help their patients and to have high moral standards in their work.
The Hippocratic Oath is not anything like a Peoples Momentum Oath.
The Peoples Momentum Oath that is on a par with civil and military oaths pledged to Hitler in Nazi Germany.
There is a savage codicil to this story …
On 9th June 1942, Hitler ordered brutal reprisals. Over 13,000 people were arrested, deported, and imprisoned.
Beginning on 10th June 1942, all males over the age of 16 in the villages of Lidice and Ležáky were murdered. All the women in Ležáky were also murdered.
All but four of the women from Lidice were deported immediately to Ravensbrück concentration camp (four were pregnant – they were subjected to forced abortions at the same hospital where Heydrich had died and the women were then sent to the concentration camp)
Some children were chosen for Germanization, and 81 were killed in gas vans at the Chełmno extermination camp.
Both towns were burned and Lidice’s ruins were levelled. At least 1,300 people were massacred after Heydrich’s death.
The Holy Trinity of the EU, NATO and the ECHR
Jeremy Corbyn has never accepted that the European Union is about more than economics.
In campaigning for Left Exit for forty years, Corbyn has attacked the EU on various grounds. He has never, to my knowledge, conceded that it was established to help stop another regime arising in Europe that, regardless of its politics, would send its citizens and those of other nations to death camps.
Corbyn is fundamentally opposed to NATO
But then Corbyn is fundamentally opposed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its Article 5 that states that an attack on one member state requires a response from all member states.
Poland looks to fellow NATO members and, in particular, its close neighbour Germany, to honour that article should one of Putin’s motorised battalions ‘accidentally’ stray across Poland’s eastern border during a training exercise.
From 1939 to 1945, the Nazis sought to wipe Poland and the Poles off the face of the map.
Today, Poland looks to Germany as a protector.
How times have changed and to the good, unless you are a fellow traveller of the fascist in the Kremlin.
It is a grave pity that Jeremy Corbyn’s idea of a hinterland, and that of many of his sycophantic supporters, including some now in the media, is restricted to an appreciation of drains and the making of apple jam.
The ECHR may well frustrate Jeremy Corbyn’s ambitions …
One wonders how Corbyn will react when someone explains to him that whilst membership of the EU does not prevent state intervention in the economy, the United Kingdom being a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights will put paid to any plans, that Ian Lavery might have, to see legislation enacted that would legalise closed shops.
Moreover, the ECHR would prevent John McDonnell confiscating the shareholdings of any individual or institution, including Goldman Sachs, should he desire to do so.
For the uninitiated, the ECHR was drafted, mostly by British civil servants, in the light of the experiences of Jews and others in Nazi Germany.
One has the right to join a trades union, but equally one has the right not to be forced into a trades union, formally or informally. Whilst it was not a requirement to be a member of the Nazi Party, if one worked in the public sector, it soon became obvious that it was best for individuals to join up or run the risk of losing their jobs.
The Nazis imposed tariffs on those wishing to leave the Reich, permanently. Many were forced to sell off their goods and chattles at below market prices to German residents and then pay a share of the proceeds to the Nazi authorities. Only then would they be allowed to leave Nazi Germany.
I am not a Jew
One of my relatives, a female nurse, went to Bergen-Belsen after the camp was liberated by British and Canadian troops.
Need I say more?
I fear we should have said more during the EU Referendum Campaign.
We should have had more faith in the Poor Bloody Infantry
I would like to introduce you to Simon, who campaigned for Leave, and I will let him explain about his reaction to Auschwitz in his own Tweets:
I think some of us, myself included, were too patronising, too condescending, too quick to think Simon and similar folk would not appreciate and understand the connection between Auschwitz and the EU, if we took the trouble to discuss it with them.
I really ought to have known better
My little Grandad, my Mom’s dad, spent five years on an extended walking tour of Poland between 1940 and 1945, courtesy of the Wehrmacht.
My unassuming Grandad on his retirement went back to Poland and he too visited Auschwitz.
He also never blamed the German people for what he endured during his five years of captivity.
There is no such thing as an ordinary person
I think some of us lost sight of that during the Referendum Campaign.
We should have done the other thing and engaged in conversation, spoken with and listened to people about our shared past.
We should not have assumed the left behind, or whatever generic label the Commentariat has come up with this week for the lumpen proletariat, would not have similar feelings and thoughts as the rest of us.
I am proud of what my family and my party did in Second World War in the fight against fascism.
And I am sure so are an overwhelming majority of those who voted Leave.
I am also convinced many of those people, the people whose forebears bore the brunt of the fighting, would agree, “Never again!”
Jeremy Corbyn went MIA during the EU Referendum Campaign
We have been told by many people, himself included, that Jeremy Corbyn is the Great Communicator and not just about the iniquity of university tuition fees.
That would be the student tuition fees, paid mostly by the offspring of the officer class, that are the equivalent of a first world problem to most young people at 18.
Most young people at 18 do not go to university.
Kezia Dugdale has observed in the context of Labour’s Remain Campaign
“… yes, I blame Jeremy Corbyn too for failing to use the power of his popular appeal to convince traditional Labour voters to see that Europe creates more good than harm.”
“Make no mistake, Britain will be economically weaker and more isolated post-Brexit and the price of that will be felt by the working people of this country.
They’ll feel it as the dole queue gets bigger, as their employment rights disappear and as the price of food, fuel and services rise.
It might be fun and games to watch the Tories rip each other apart over Europe but Labour are equally culpable if we fail to fill the leadership vacuum.”
I am a Socialist
I am not a Jew.
I am not a Maoist.
I am not (much of) a Marxist.
I am not a Stalinist.
I am not a Trotskiyte.
I am a Socialist, in a British context, whilst also being an international Socialist.
To quote Tom Paine:
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.“
I do not have to be a Jew to be concerned about anti-Semitism, but neither do I have to become an anti-Semite to express concerns about the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli Government.
Anti-Semitism is fascism by another name …
Neither do I have to be a Christian to empathise with these words:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
Meditation 17, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, John Donne
I do not have to be a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim to support people of all faiths and none, who seeking a peaceful solution to heal the divisions within Israel and Palestine and between Israel and Palestine.
The Labour Party, which gave Churchill the support he needed to fight on in May 1940, after debates and votes at party conferences past, argues the case for a Two State Solution.
“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”
Principles and morality are not just for wearing on high days and holidays or to be worn lightly or changed to conform with the prevailing mood.
One senses that the anti-Semitism of Corbyn and of many of his fans is more about appearing fashionable, fitting in with the opinions of the rest of the group, and is not born out of any desire to advance a Two State Solution.
For myself, “I cannot and will not,” as Lillian Hellman put it, “cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”
Were you an actual fan of Doctor Who, Jeremy Corbyn, you would know that the creator of the Daleks, Terry Nation based them on the Nazis …
The Daleks are very big on racial and ideological purity …
They even exterminate fellow Daleks deemed to be renegades or impure in some some way.
Their fictional creator, Davros, meets the first of his many ends at the blasters of his own creations.
In order to perfect the Daleks, to turn them into superior beings, Davros has removed all emotions from their make up, except an overwhelming urge to survive and the best way to survive is to accept no superiors; to seek power at all costs; to expand and dominate your lebensraum.
Dalek: “All inferior creatures are to be considered the enemy of the Daleks and destroyed.”
Davros: “No, wait! Those men are scientists. They can help you. Let them live. Have pity!”
Dalek: “Pity? I have no understanding of the word. It is not registered in my vocabulary bank. Exterminate!”
(The last of the Kaled Elite die.)
Davros: “For the last time, I am your creator! You must, you will obey me!”
Dalek: “We obey no one. We are the superior beings.”
“(Davros turns and raises his hand over the total destruct button
(Davros screams and dies.)
Dalek: “We are entombed, but we live on. This is only the beginning. We will prepare. We will grow stronger. When the time is right, we will emerge and take our rightful place as the supreme power of the universe!”
How do you tell the Hard Left from the Hard Right?
Why do those last lines from that Dalek remind me so much of both the Hard Left and the Hard Right?
Have a care Jeremy Corbyn that your own creations, as similarly lacking in empathy as that Dalek, do not one day exterminate you, in their merciless search for power …
If you are wondering what happened to the gentleman who thought Reinhard Heydrich was a friend of the Jews, well, a secret tribunal met and decided he was not involved in an act of Holocaust denial.
He was then welcomed back into the Labour Party by Laura Murray, the daughter of Andrew Murray, an old friend of Jeremy Corbyn’s.
Laura works in Jeremy Corbyn’s office.
Nepotism and anti-Semitism, hand in hand, at the very heart of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party!