Green Party leader blames Woolwich attack on UK acting like "the world's policeman"
The killing of a serving soldier on Wednesday afternoon in Woolwich was a consequence of UK foreign policy, the leader of the Green Party has warned.
Speaking to LondonlovesBusiness.com on Thursday afternoon, Natalie Bennett said that similar attacks could still happen unless the UK stops regarding itself as “the world’s policeman”.
“It’s absolutely tragic what happened in Woolwich and you’ve got to feel not just for the family of the serviceman but also for the people and bystanders that saw it happen and the emergency services that had to deal with it afterwards. But if we’re going to stop that happening again in the future, one of the biggest things we have to do is stop regarding ourselves as the world’s policeman.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson said on Thursday morning that it was wrong “to link this murder to the actions of British foreign policy”. Speaking on Thursday, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We will never give in to terrorism”. He also condemned it as an “attack on Britain and…a betrayal of Islam”.
However, Bennett agreed with former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s verdict that the UK had become a “target for terrorist attacks” because of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision of invading Iraq.
“We have a situation where it’s very disturbing that we’re now putting a lot more arms into Syria,” she said. “The Syrian situation is deeply disturbing and we should be doing everything we possibly can humanitarianly but getting involved in the actual on the ground stuff is what we shouldn’t be doing.
It’s the kind of activity that creates more instability in the world and creates more danger for the rest of us. Look at Iraq, Afghanistan - we should never have got involved and the results have been dreadful for us. We need to stop regarding ourselves us as having the right to stick our oar in around the world.”
The rest of our interview with Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will be published next week