But if one takes any time to think about it, it is clear that Corbyn’s reactions have been anything but rational. For what rational person could reach the conclusion — on no evidence whatsoever — that “mafia-like groups” are as likely to have obtained novichok and used it to murder an enemy of the state as Putin and his government cronies are? What rational person responds to a deliberate chemical attack on British soil, that puts the lives of several British citizens at risk, with whatabouttery? What rational person sees the expulsion of some diplomats — in response to a chemical weapon attack — as a disproportionate act of war?
Tulsi Gabbard’s trip to meet terrorists in Syria proved two things about her: she is both morally and intellectually bankrupt. She is morally bankrupt for aligning herself with a murderous regime guilty of torturing children and raping women as a matter of policy. She is intellectually bankrupt for thinking that the Middle East’s second-most prolific state sponsor of terrorism (Iran is in first place) is an ally in the struggle against terrorism.