Remembrance: the wars we start


  • that Britain was deliberately led into war on Afghanistan under Blair,
  • firstly in a knee-jerk response to 9/11, blamed on bin Laden (a charge quietly dropped in 2006),
  • who was offered up by the Taliban on production of evidence – but none was forthcoming.
  • An invasion planned previously for advantage, although they really wanted Iraq for 9/11,
  • which cost 2500 US-UK deaths,
  • thousands of Afghan civilians, possibly tens of thousands in knock-on deaths from displacement, hunger, etc.,
  • a war we are still at after 12 years.
  • The continuing targeting of Iraq throughout, a place suffering from sanctions, as many as 2 million deaths, half children;
  • the regular bombing raids by the RAF through this period
  • the Downing St memo saying Bush facts were being fixed around the policy, Blair’s agreement but need for more time to get the people onside…
  • the Iraq dossiers, mendacious, ‘sexed up’, a false 45-minute claim, later to cost our top weapons inspector his life.
  • a straight-faced Colin Powell, presenting Saddam’s weapons to the UN,
  • and a war (without the UN) costing nearly 5000 US-UK lives and estimating over a million Iraqi lives.
  • And violence in both countries continuing.
  • The German dead don’t do a fraction of the ‘remembrance’ we do, for some reason.
  • It’s no surprise leading arms manufacturers like US-UK go to war.
  • for those who know that war is wrong, none of this needs to be said.
  • for those that think it’s a fact of life, then there are wars which are launched against us, and wars we start.
  • And while we’re at it: Syria.
  • Another knee-jerk response to reports of chemical weapons being used, to go to war on Assad.
  • It was the headlines that mattered, and the background policy of America going after Syria and then Iran.
  • There’s good reason to believe what chemical attack there was, was carried out by Western-backed rebels.
  • That means we’re probably complicit.
  • A motion for war defeated by Labour saying no, probably after huge lobbying by ordinary people.
  • The quote from Number 10 on Labour’s insistence on waiting for evidence:  “No 10 and the Foreign Office think Miliband is a fucking cunt and a copper-bottomed shit.”
  • A government, like the last one, ready to go to war, and probably, like the last one, prepared to market that war and maybe even fabricate the evidence for it.

In these modern wars, we’re on the wrong side.

Lest we forget.


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