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War on the Afghans and the Iraqis

2nd November 2015

Dear Letters Editor,

You report (WMN 30 October 2015) that a 'disappointed Mr Cameron tells inquiry to speed up its publication of report.'  Some will be surprised that he is not being more cautious given his part in the bombing of Libya which country has since descended into chaos and violence.

The bombing took place under the fig leaf of Security Council Resolution 1973 Chapter VII UN Charter.

One of the eight key points of the resolution was " authorizes all necessary means to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas, except for a "foreign occupation force".  It is claimed that there were at least 50,000 civilian deaths, and particularly in Sirte.

10 December 2010

Dear Archbishop Williams,

I pray that you will read the attached, brief letter to the Rt.Honourable William Hague pressing for HMG to plead for clemency.  The key sentence is this:-

''How will the agony and the slaughter in Iraq be healed by hooding and hanging this man?''  We could have said a good deal more.

On the same day the BBC reported that former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz was to go on trial after five years in prison over the deaths of a group of Baghdad merchants in 1992, it was rumoured the former prime minister of Britain will be indicted for crimes against humanity. The list of charges is long and not confined to the many alleged crimes in Iraq. Mr Blair's whereabouts are uncertain; he has been sighted occasionally in occupied East Jerusalem where he is acting as 'peace' envoy for the 'Quartet'. Most recently, he has been facilitating industrial zones for the employment of Palestinians and for the removal of a few of the over 500 Israeli Occupation Force roadblocks.

The charge list includes:
Breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention from the time he became prime minister in 1997 until March 2003 during whichtime draconian sanctions were being applied to the civilian population of Iraq. These sanctions prompted the resignation of Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck who served as assistant secretaries-general of the UN. The former stated that the effect of those sanctions was genocidal. It was established that there was an excess mortality of babies and children of at least 500,000 between 1992 and 2003. This had to do with foul water, poor nutrition and deteriorating medical services, all of which were satisfactory before the sanctions took hold.
Please note, this article contains graphic images which some may find upsetting. 

by Joe Mowrey
January 17, 2007

The slogan "Support Our Troops" has come to symbolize gas-guzzling SUV's with magnetic yellow ribbons on the back and American flag decals in the window. In an effort to guard themselves against accusations they are unpatriotic, Progressives have co-opted that phrase and added the words "Bring Them Home Now." The intention of this new slogan is to claim the troops as our own, not just pawns of the right wing. We support them by wanting to end the war and bring them home. Implicit in this support is the notion that they deserve our unflagging gratitude and enthusiasm because they are not responsible for their situation. They are only following orders. It is up to us to see to it that they are extricated from the desperate circumstances our politicians have created for them. Both uses of this sound bite ignore the despotic nature of the military industrial complex in this country. Both are wrong.