"I called them friends because when you negotiate with people with a view to peace there is no point starting it off by calling them enemies," he might have said, if he had had time to think through his response properly.
"The Left used to call each other 'comrades', it is just a meaningless but polite form of address, like saying "Ladies and gentlemen", surely?', he might have added.
I don't agree with all his policies, but I do think the British public serve an alternative view of British foreign policy. For this reason I support Jeremy Corbyn and want him to be the next leader of the Labour Party.
All the ones who might have won the Labour leadership wouldn't be out of place in the Conservative Party, and there is no point them whingeing about what a disaster Corbyn would be for Labour because they had their chance and botched it, like Tristram Hunt, who did throw his hat in the ring for the Labour leadership and almost immediately withdrew from the contest. Why did he and Chuka Umunna withdraw from the contest? Why wouldn't Keir Starmer throw his hat in the ring? Probably because they realised they didn't want to be associated with being yet another Labour leader to not win a general election or because someone had put the frighteners on them.
These people have no particular message to propagate and know they haven't. All they can do is advise on tactics and what not to say. The great thing about Corbyn is that he has principles and sees being Labour leader as an opportunity of articulating these principles and propagating his message.
If Labour are not going to win the next general election, then they might as well have a leader that can at least put forward an alternative vision, even if that vision will not be popular enough to win. That was the reason why I supported Diane Abbott as leader in the previous Labour election. Her most sensible proposal was the renationalisation of the railways. That would at least give the voters the illusion that they have a choice and that they live in a democracy with clear choices, not a corrupt cartel in which all the parties have diluted their policies so much that there is no discernible difference between them.
My view is that democracy should be abolished, because it isn't doing anyone any good. I already have a plan for how this can best be done. This would involve all non-Tory MPs joining the Conservative Party, and then effecting changes from within and changing its constitution. I would be happy to give further details if asked. However, if you do want representative democracy to continue, then you would have to show that it is still working, and the only way to demonstrate this is to give people the illusion of choice. Jeremy Corbyn would be perfect for this.