Jeremy Corbyn I Photo by Garry Knight, Creative Commons

Jeremy Corbyn I Photo by Garry Knight, Creative Commons

The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is refusing to step down despite coup attempt in which two-thirds of his shadow cabinet have departed, before he became Labour’s leader 10 months ago, has faced queries about his views on Kosovo among other foreign policy issues.

Left-wing firebrand Jeremy Corbyn has already faced criticism over his use of the word “friends” to describe Hamas and Hezbollah, and over his ardent support of the Palestinian cause in general and equal enthusiasm for the regime in Venezuela.

Critical bloggers and journalists had taken him to task for having once apparently dismissed Serbian war crimes in Kosovo as a fabrication.

Back in 2004, Corbyn, MP for a constituency in Islington in north London, signed a parliamentary motion that praised an article by leftist journalist John Pilger “reminding readers of the devastating human cost of the so-termed ‘humanitarian’ invasion of Kosovo, led by NATO and the United States in the Spring of 1999, without any sanction of the United Nations Security Council [and] congratulates John Pilger on his expose of the fraudulent justifications for intervening in a ‘genocide’ that never really existed in Kosovo”.

Unlike centrist Labourites – who strongly backed NATO intervention in Kosovo to stop ethnic cleansing by Slobodan Milosevic’s regime in Belgrade – the left of the party mostly opposed Western military action, some subscribing to the view that Milosevic was the victim of a US imperialistic plot.

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