David Cameron resurrects bin Laden smear against Jeremy Corbyn, and it’s still untrue

World Trade Center, September 2001 by Bill Biggart

Earlier this year the Right Dishonourable ran a detailed piece on Jeremy Corbyn’s comments regarding the terrorist Osama bin Laden, one of many controversies to flare up during the Labour leadership campaign.

Now that smear, which claimed Corbyn describing bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” when it was clear he was referring to the escalation of violence and the abandonment of the rule of law, has returned via David Cameron’s speech at the Tory conference.

Source: Guido Fawkes

“Thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader. But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a ‘tragedy’.

“No. A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York. A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day. A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.

“My friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love.”

There may well be much to dislike about Corbyn’s foreign policy: his persistent anti-Americanism has seen him ally himself with many questionable people, and ignores the advantage of having a liberal democracy as global hegemon.

But as I pointed out back in August, the rule of law is supposed to be something that conservatives love, and there is no reason it should not extend to our enemies, even if we allow that capturing bin Laden would never have been possible without the risk of him being killed in the attempt.

Image Credit – World Trade Center, September 2001 by Bill Biggart

Jimmy Nicholls

Jimmy Nicholls

Writer on Westminster, free speech, religion and so forth. Contact jimmy.nicholls@rightdishonourable.com

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