Britain’s anti-war activists have expressed great concerns over the British government’s plans for invading another conflict-torn African country, Somalia, saying that the British officials are considering strategic interests while they picture themselves as agents seeking to resolve a humanitarian crisis.
Speaking with the Russian English news channel Russia Today, Labour MP and peace activist Jeremy Corbyn questioned the integrity of the British government saying military intervention is just an excuse for the British government to take control of the vast reserves of Somalia’s oil and gas.
“You usually find when the military strategists are planning long-term intervention somewhere, they’re looking at geological maps first and looking at political maps second; and, the oil, the gas is one of the biggest issues,” said Corbyn.
“There is a huge Somali community around here that I represent, most of whom from the South, but not all; and, they’re not saying to me ‘Please, intervene.’ They’re saying ‘can we please have support to get a functioning system of government and peace in Somalia?’” added the Labour MP for Islington North.
Responding to the British government’s claims that its intervention would help the humanitarian crisis in some African countries, John Laughland, British journalist and director of Studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, clearly announced such measures are driven by “strategic interests including oil.”
Several critics have maintained that the British government’s plans for invading Somalia are the direct result of what British officials consider as a successfully accomplished campaign in Libya.