Latin - hypocrisis and Greek hupokrisis: both meaning play acting or pretence. WP
Remembering pleasurable things is, well, a pleasure. Remembering personal and national sacrifice in a war of defence, as so many of us do for WW11, is right and proper but only if there is analysis and lesson. At the end of the broadcast, Dimbleby spoke of the children who were being called upon to remember with their elders. But he said 'as war breeds endless war, how can we forget?' The latter would of course be served, and lessons drawn, if the people were fully informed about the machinations that lead to war eg on Iraq, existing international law and the atrocities being committed by their own nations. In spite of gigawatts of transmission power and record weights of newsprint, there is great ignorance of the war on Iraq within the British population. Many perceive Blair as a liar and can rightly guess that he pulled pretexts out of thin air to justify it? But searing fury is not widely shown.
Growing numbers are reading the truth over the web, but they will remain a minority. They could show their kinsfolk these quotations.
'We were out of sand bags. We didn't have enough sand bags to protect our holes from small arms fire and things like that. Conveniently, there was a flour truck driver riding a truck down the highway that was full of canvas flour bags. And sand bags are made out of canvas, so this was perfect for sand bags. We were ordered to open fire on this man - just say, a working family man, and to use his flour bags as sand bags. A lot of guys in my platoon opened fire and the man was killed. And the individuals who didn't open fire on this man were ordered to remove his body from the truck and throw it off in a ditch on the side of the road and throw some dirt on top of it.
Dr.Hassan said: 'They arrested me in my house in front of my family, covered my eyes, and tied my hands to the back on October 5, 2005 in the morning, during the last attack on Haditha (360 kilometers west of Baghdad). They occupied the hospital for 8 days and made it their office. The first day they beat me on my eyes, nose, back, hands, legs...
http://www.uruknet.com/?s1=55&p=17582&s2=09 (?out of action)
Shake 'n' bake re. Fallujah
Every day since they started firing rounds into the city, other Marines have stopped by the mortar pit to take a turn dropping mortars into the tube and firing at some unseen target. ( HE and white phosphorus) Like tourists at some macabre carnival, some bring cameras and have other troops snap photos of their combat shot. Even the battalion surgeon fired a few Saturday, just for sport.
Everyone wants to "get some," the troops explain, some joking that Fallujah is like a live-fire range.
Did Blair foresee the misery and catastrophe ahead when he was tucking into ribeye steak in Crawford in April 2002. As narrow eyes met even narrower eyes, was any of the terrible pain of future loss and wound to be felt as the bloody juices ran? Unlikely. The host and commander in chief is a known hypocrite having shirked the draft to Nam and having since received messages from his God which Christ would shun. And we know Blair is a hypocrite; the evidence appears daily. Just after his 90 days internment bill was mauled by MPs, he appeared on C4 News to speak of the great risk of 'Mass Casualty Terrorism'. Amariyah was furthest from his mind, and so was Fallujah, or the train bombed in Serbia.
Actors are for acting. Any principle displayed and sentiment shown are make-up thick. Real remembrance is for us, the foot soldiers. The tommies were said to be 'lions led by donkeys'. Oh would that our leaders were donkeys. The whole shebang is much worse than this. The gang which pulled the strings in this worst of wars, the Wolfowitzs, Perles, Edelmans, Feiths, Boltons etc etc are neither donkeys nor actors. They are psychopaths; they have an abnormal response to the suffering or loss in others. Will our populations learn first, and remember later?
David Halpin FRCS is a retired trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. He is not an absolute pacifist. He does believe in his motto 'Do your best to heal and not to harm.'
Footnote. Immediately after this Remembrance Sunday broadcast, there was a trailer for 7/7 – the Day the Bombs Came, with Blair's image first. Pure coincidence? Of course.