At church yesterday morning, I observed the minute’s silence to remember the fallen in war, just like so many times before. This year it occurred to me that just remembering is not enough.
It is completely right to remember our fellow human beings who have been killed in battle. It is completely right to remember the recent casualties among our armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is also completely right to remember that these two wars were started, not for the defence of the realm, but for the financial gain of the few.
In the Spring, Harry Cohen, Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, wrote for the Socialist Campaign Group News about the real motives for the invasion and their consequences in an article entitled, “Profiting from Iraq’s occupation.”
One of his deductions was that the US is to stay in Iraq for the long term to rob the country of its resources.
Halliburton, Dick Cheney’s former employer, was one company awarded no-bid contracts.
Consider also that Royal Dutch Shell oil company and the Iraqi Oil Ministry have struck a secret, as-of-yet non-binding agreement that gives a monopoly over southern Iraq’s natural gas to the energy giant. It marks the first time in over 35 years a Western oil company has played a major role in the country’s most lucrative industry.
In other words, there are plenty of opportunities for certain people.
The Government lied to us about Iraq; this we know for a fact. They sent our people to fight often without suitable equipment and clothing.
I believe that there is enough evidence to allow certain decisionmakers to be tried for warcrimes/mass murder and torture.
Guantánamo is a massive bloody stain on humanity as are many other things that have happened in these greed-driven wars, like torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib, Britain’s collusion with foreign torturers and rendition flights to secret torture camps in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
We are meant to be the good guys? The ones spreading ‘democracy’ to a cruel world so that everyone can be ‘equal’? The way things are going we will all be equally disadvantaged and our souls crying out for justice and peace.
Gordon Brown, Barack Obama’s new poodle, is to lobby European leaders on behalf of the US Government to send more troops to Afghanistan.
Don’t you just love this emerging new world order that so many political and fake religious leaders are looking for?
In the US, anti-war protesters are ‘willing to risk jail‘ to gather outside the Department of Justice next week to urge Attorney General Michael Mukasey to indict President Bush and Vice President Cheney on war crimes charges.
Intead of just remembering the casualties, which is very important, let us not forget that recent wars, especially, have been manufactured.
If we can wake enough people up to why wars happen and who the people are that benefit so much from them and deal with the perpetrators appropriately, we may, in future, be able to prevent such needless suffering and consequently have fewer people to remember at this time of year.