Two days after terrorists murdered innocent civilians in London, the United Kingdom’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is daring to defend individuals who hold sympathies to the Islamic State. During a parliamentary debate Monday, Corbyn said the following when asked by a Conservative MP if ISIS fighters should face stricter measures upon returning to Britain.
“I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence."The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy."
"Expressing support for something and doing it" are two different things, Corbyn went on to argue.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for this weekend’s attacks, in which attackers drove a van into a group of bystanders on the London Bridge, while other terrorists went on a stabbing spree in other parts of the city. Six people were killed and dozens more were injured. The attacks occurred just two weeks after the deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
By refusing to take a stronger stance against the evil that is infecting England and Europe at large, Corbyn’s nonsensical comments will likely hurt him and his party in this week’s elections.
So far, two suspects have been identified in the weekend’s attacks.