By Rob Wedge
Isis has claimed responsibility for the horrific Manchester bombing.
So were they, by any chance, trying to influence the general election?
But if so, how would Isis want you to vote on June 8th?
Isis and their followers believe in “jihad” – a struggle against the western powers who they blame for the bad things happening in the world.
They believe there will come a final, apocalyptic reckoning in which they will win and establish a glorious caliphate empire across the world.
They WANT their suicide bombers to stir up hatred and violent reaction.
They WANT western powers, like Britain and the US to answer their bombings and killings by pouring military force into the Middle East.
They WANT western countries to “crack down” on immigration.
They WANT them to ban burkhas and make Moslems and other foreigners feel under suspicion.
They WANT the West to be aggressive, to be hostile, to shoot on sight.
Because this will prove everything they preach to their followers is true.
Because this will ramp up the numbers of volunteers ready to commit more outrages.
Because this will fan the flames of fear and suspicion and hate and racism absolutely vital to their campaign.
Because this will further their cause.
Now who do you reckon is more likely to give Isis what they want?
Someone who will maybe favour repressive measures against foreigners, a pointless counter attack in Syria or Afghanistan, a shoot to kill policy on our streets, and much more hand-holding with Donald Trump in America’s endless “war on terror”…?
Or someone who has fought for peace all his life despite bitter opposition from inside and outside his own party?
Theresa May or… Jeremy Corbyn?
Which one would Isis want you to vote for?
Think carefully before you decide.