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We Can Both Hold Russia To Account For Salisbury, And Acknowledge Britain's Problematic Foreign Policy History

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Johnny Ament
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Two: The Russian Government is vicious, authoritarian and downright dangerous, and it was almost certainly responsible for the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

What I can’t work out is why so few people seem able to hold both of these opinions at once.

It’s not just Iraq, but their role in the miners’ strike and their collusion with loyalist death squads are just two other examples of where they’ve got things wrong.

Of course they do vitally important work, but sometimes they make big mistakes, too.

It might strike people as odd that we’re taking a hardline stance against Russia for this vile act in Salisbury - while happily arming Saudi Arabia, who are accused not only of war crimes in Yemen, but have also of turning a blind eye to the terrorism being exported across the world.

It’s also puzzling to see people demand a blind subservience to the British foreign policy establishment when the Government steadfastly refuses to give an honest answer to repeated questions about the civilian impact of our ongoing drone warfare in the Middle East.

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