A Labour MP has echoed comments made by left-wing activists for the West to pay reparations to Afghanistan, now run by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban.
Socialist Richard Burgon tweeted on Tuesday that “the crisis in Afghanistan is the result of 20 years of disastrous military intervention.
“Just as in Iraq and Libya, backing US-led invasions led to a huge loss of life. There is no military solution in Afghanistan.
“The focus now should be on reparations and supporting refugees,” Burgon added.
His remarks follow a statement made on Monday by the Stop The War coalition, previously chaired by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, which also called for the British government to hand over British taxpayers’ cash to the Taliban.
The group controversially claimed that the British government should “take a lead in offering a refugee programme and reparations to rebuild Afghanistan, an act which would go a great deal further in advancing the rights of the Afghan people, women in particular, than continued military or economic intervention in the fate of the Afghanistan.
“We urge politicians of all parties to learn the lessons of the failed wars of intervention and turn to international cooperation as the means of resolving disputes and tackling problems of poverty and underdevelopment,” it added.
“A Leeds MP actively advocating for taxpayer money to be given to the Taliban. He shames our city,” replied one of Mr Burgon’s constituents on social media.
“Paying ‘reparations’ to a regressive, authoritarian, misogynist, anti-LGBT theocracy is not the correct response to a crisis that has shocked the world,” wrote another user.
“‘No cash for the Taliban’ seems like a sensible position to take. Unless you’re @UKLabour”, added a third.