“We are here to protest against the bombing of Syria by Donald Trump and Theresa May,” said the placard-waving young man sporting a ferocious beard.
“Killing Muslims must be stopped,” added the middle-aged lady dressed all in black with a demeanor of a diva.
Our interlocutors were among a handful of activists from the “anti-war coalition,” spending part of their weekend venting their hatred of Trump and America, and presumably of capitalism and imperialism in general, in front of the US Embassy in London.
We asked whether they would also demonstrate in front of the Russian Embassy in Bayswater, a posher part of London?
The answer was a chagrined look all around. How could we not understand that in their Manichaean world, the role of evil was reserved solely for the Western democracies?
Over the past decade or so, Russia has waged war against Georgia in Ossetia ad Abkhazia, attacked Ukraine, annexed the Crimean Peninsula, turned Chechnya into a pile of rubble, and driven thousands out of their villages in Ingushetia and Dagestan without the anti-war coalition waving a single placard. When we come to Syria, the anti-war coalition, one of whose big beasts, Jeremy Corbyn, is now leader of the British Labour Party, deigns to remember that Russia has been bombing Syria and killing countless civilians, since 2015.