Saturday, December 30, 2006

Veil


Veil
Originally uploaded by Merodema.
Veil

(...) But history will record that the Arabs and other Muslims and, indeed, many millions in the West, will ask another question this weekend, a question that will not be posed in other Western newspapers because it is not the narrative laid down for us by our presidents and prime ministers - what about the other guilty men?

No, Tony Blair is not Saddam. We don't gas our enemies. George W Bush is not Saddam. He didn't invade Iran or Kuwait. He only invaded Iraq. But hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead - and thousands of Western troops are dead - because Messrs Bush and Blair and the Spanish Prime Minister and the Italian Prime Minister and the Australian Prime Minister went to war in 2003 on a potage of lies and mendacity and, given the weapons we used, with great brutality.

In the aftermath of the international crimes against humanity of 2001 we have tortured, we have murdered, we have brutalised and killed the innocent - we have even added our shame at Abu Ghraib to Saddam's shame at Abu Ghraib - and yet we are supposed to forget these terrible crimes as we applaud the swinging corpse of the dictator we created.(...)

(Robert Fisk, in The Independent, 30 december 2006 - full story here)

Uploaded by Merodema on 30 Dec '06, 1.42am PST.


interesting Merodema*

how do U get rid of tyrants like that tho???

would U want to live under a regime like Saddam or the Taliban in Afghanistan???

i'm going to presume that None of Us would*

but just curious as to how the regular Joe or Jane in those repressive countries overthrows a Dictator?

remember those spots are not Democracy's so U can't Vote the Clowns out*

the civilians also don't have the brutal weapons we have that might Help them get the Job done within their lifetimes*

Peace*

2 Comments:

Blogger Arthur said...

I read somewhere that 1.5 million Iraqi's died due to Sadaam's brutal Regime. War with Iran, War with Kuwait, Killing Kurds in the North, Draining the Swamps of the Swamp Arabs in Iraq, Murdering Shiites - or anyone not a cousine or in his tribe, or anyone who offended his regime.
The overthrough was not about WMD - there were many things involved - including tormenting the U.N. inspectors, leading them on wild goose chases, shooting at/down Air force aircraft in the No Fly Zone that protected Kuwait in the South(?)... Surgically removing hands of businessmen he did not like, torture of at least one Iraqi physicist who refused to work on the nuclear program... more? I don't remember.

Are Iraqi's dying now? yes - but it is probably fewer than when Saadam was in power, and it's not the West killing them - the Iraqi's are killing each other and Westerners are getting caught in the crossfire.

I believe the majority of Iraqi's want peace in their land - peace they won't ever get without outside help.

8:20 PM  
Blogger BillyWarhol said...

I agree Fully Completely Arthur*

I don't like the way Bush handled things but it was worth a shot at establishing a Beachhead of Democracy in the Middle East*

the saddest part is our guys getting maimed or killed in the process*

& of course the innocent civilians too*

Peace*

10:04 PM  

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