In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Work every day, except play days.
War on Terror
The “War on Terror” is a monstrous sham, a catch-all slogan spun
onto the 9/11 attack and now available to justify domestic repression,
violence abroad and to suppress debate. It is not a war, and has no
achievable goals. It is a blank cheque for violence.
Do you love your country enough to see its faults? Under the ‘War on
Terror’ we have illegally invaded Iraq and helped bring about a million
deaths. We pretend to be ‘exporting’ a democracy we scarcely practise,
when we are simply helping ourselves to the world’s most valuable
commodity, oil. Remember, if Britain is a democracy, we are all accountable.
Readers to whom this sounds strange might find some history has escaped
their attention. Here’s a sample.
The first chemical attacks on Iraqi tribes were made
not by the forces of Saddam Hussein but
the RAF, in the 1920s, to encourage them to pay tax. Winston Churchill was enthusiastic about the RAF
raids, praising their cheapness.
The United States spent about $100 billion dollars over a decade on the
terrorist insurgency that eventually brought down the democratically
elected government of Nicaragua.
Who never negotiates with terrorists? The currently
admired power-sharing arrangements in Northern Ireland came from doing
just that. And how many Israeli prime ministers have been alumni of
terrorist organisations such as the Irgun or the Stern Gang?
We treat states that support terrorism as terrorists
themselves – so we’re going to send a Royal Navy task force into Boston
Harbour after IRA supporters? (Just one reason why the US isn’t going to
ratify its 2003 extradition treaty with us.)
© 2003-2015 Stephen Taylor
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