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Leading British Politician Calls Bin Laden’s Death ‘A Tragedy’

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Guy Bentley Research Associate, Reason Foundation

Front runner for the U.K.’s Labour Party leadership Jeremy Corbyn is being slammed for remarks he made to Iran’s Press TV saying that Osama Bin Laden’s death was a “tragedy.”

In 2011, Corbyn opined to the Iranian broadcaster that there was no attempt to “arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process.” The 66-year old member of parliament said the Bin Laden killing was “an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.”

Corbyn gave a rambling performance on Press TV shortly after the successful operation to eliminate Bin Laden, where he appeared to question whether the terrorist leader had actually been killed and whether had been buried at sea. He went on to accuse President Barack Obama of “morphing into a Pentagon President.” (RELATED: 70 Percent Of Jews Fear Marxist Sympathizer And ‘Friend’ Of Hezbollah Will Be UK Labour Leader)

The Labour Party’s defence spokesman Kevan Jones hit back at Corbyn, saying the comment “just shows you how out of touch he is with what most people’s views are.” But a spokesman for the Islington MP responded to the waves of criticism insisting Corbyn was “a total opponent of Al-Qaeda, all it stands for.”

Although the results of Labour’s leadership election won’t be announced until September 12th, Corbyn is now almost certain he will win the contest.

The Conservative Party wasted no time attacking Jeremy Corbyn as a threat to national security. Prime Minister David Cameron’s number two and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attacked Corbyn’s opposition of abolishing Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent.

Writing in The Sun newspaper Monday, Osborne said “For the new unilateralists of British politics are a threat to our future national security and to our economic security. We’re going to take on their dangerous arguments and defeat them.”

Corbyn has been a consistent critic of Western foreign policy, has even called for the British withdrawal from NATO and argued the alliance is in part responsible for the conflict in Ukraine.

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