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Saturday, August 27, 2005

The War on What?

George Bush defiantly claims that he is waging a war on terror. Tony Blair continues to say "Look, I simply say, this is what I believe in" and leaves the listener stunned by his rhetoric! I never thought that the weasel words about truth, democracy, and the rule of law would make me so angry and push my generally conservative views to the limits. But waging war is something that requires both legitimacy and public support. Neither were adequately forthcoming as far as the United Kingdom was concerned! Both Bush and Blair have been economical with the truth, trampled on the real meaning of democracy, and been cavalier in the extreme with regard to the rule of law.

Guantanamo Bay incarcerations, Abu Ghraib photo sessions, over 100,000 Iraqis bombed, shot, or mutilated, and the whole of Iraq disintegrating into civil war! And what is it about? Supposedly it is about bringing democracy to Arabia! Well, fat chance now!

This once great country, the birthplace of a great civilisation of the Mesopotamians, had the misfortune to have oil under its soil! The advent of the automobile and modern industrial needs gave rise to coveting the riches of this land, as well as others (Venezuela next on the list?). The link with terror is flimsy and has been without any real foundation. By all means go after real terrorists, but not give them cause to create more terror!

Tony Blair is not off the hook it seems. Iraq is always bubbling away to haunt him. A legal fight is beginning for an inquiry into the lawfulness of the Iraq conflict. Blair could be forced to give evidence under oath after families of 17 soldiers killed in Iraq began a legal bid on Wednesday to secure an independent inquiry into the lawfulness of the 2003 conflict.

If successful, we might at last get behind the smokescreens and spin to evince the truth!

http://www.mfaw.org.uk/index.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1551276,00.html


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