At this moment in time the government of Syria is regarded as a very bad thing by the democratic peoples of the world. And the truth is they are. But, prior to the revolution now taking place in that country, Syria was regarded by the same democratic nations as the most enlightened of Muslim countries because of its tolerance of all religions and because of its support of learning and intellectual debate which, again, was relatively far greater than any other Middle Eastern country, including Israel. However, we have decided that the evils of the Syrian dictatorship outweighs all other considerations, even our own national interests.
But this is hypocrisy. Yesterday, on the BBC News, I watched something that made me feel sick to the core. It was an interview with the Mayor of Birmingham, who was praising the Chinese government and excusing their evil, which is far worse than anything the Syrian government ever got up to, simply because the prime minister of China had visited his city and agreed to invest heavily in their at present devastated car manufacturing industry. Basically, this local politician was putting the prosperity of his city's workforce before all other considerations.
I am a socialist and I am a true socialist because I am an international socialist. The workers of the world are my brothers and sisters. Socialism that is concerned only with the enrichment of the working classes within its own national borders, without sacrificial concern for workers outside of its borders is national socialism and that is fascism.
We should not have invited the Chinese leader to our country and we should not do business with China until its government has adopted a standard of ethical behaviour that is acceptable. That does not have to be full democracy, but it does have to be a form of governance that doesn't suppress, to the point of unfair imprisonment and even massacre, its own citizens. We should pursue this policy whatever it costs us and our people. If you study the Gospels you will not find Jesus saying "do not' followed by the word "unless."