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Food for Thought: In war more than anywhere else in the world things happen differently from what we had expected, and look differently when near from what they did at a distance.
General Carl von Clausewitz
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be
claimed to be good and wise.
Get in a tight spot in combat, and some guy will risk his ass to
help you. Get in a tight spot in peacetime, and you go it all alone.
When nuclear dust has extinguished their betters, will the turtles
surviving wear people-necked sweaters?
FOUNDATIONS OF GLOBAL SUICIDE June 2004The Planet And Its People - Expendable For Profit And Power
Consider carefully the quotations in Food For Thought, above; each one has a particular relevance to what you are about to read. All forms of pollution directly or indirectly involve certain factors; the consequences of the commercial and industrial drive for profit at all costs; pollutants and waste, especially toxic waste, deriving from modern industrial processes and domestic usage; the growing scale of usage and production; progressive decimation of the world's natural resources; inadequate disposal, reprocessing and recycling systems; available funds and technology to meet growing demands; political expediency, corruption, impotence and incompetence. If we disregard warfare, other than commercial "warfare" - the competitive vortex of debt-driven production now of global dimensions - it boils down to what we breathe and what we eat. In the latter case it is much a function of commercial expediency that extends even to the composition and sources of our food. We also face the ultimate bottom line of who is expendable. We may play with this equation how we like. Wide-spread destruction of the planet that is taking place involves pollution spiralling virtually out of control; even the control of its perpetrators. Symbolic of this is the unprecedented rise in cancer rates, as one may see by studying the obituaries of the even famous, so-called celebrities, the bankers and industrialists and so on. No one can escape this man-made, self-perpetuating escalating and suicidal scenario.
We have made no secret of our view that governments, for the most part, treat their own people and those of other nations as expendable according to circumstances, priorities and the overriding interests of the Global Power Brokers whom they primarily and ultimately serve. After the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003, we had the individual case of the unfortunate Sergeant Roberts, who was killed in action, arguably because no body armour had been available for him. A brief spell of marketable media publicity for his photogenic wife, an intransigent, unrepentant government, and his case duly passed into history. We have had a long record since the first Gulf War, in 1991, of serious and progressive physical disability, and eventual death from Gulf War Syndrome, of large numbers of servicemen on both sides of the Atlantic. This, along with radiation poisoning from the use of Depleted Uranium (D.U.), ammunition, has afflicted servicemen from other countries that participated in the Balkan Campaign of 1999, and the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, to say nothing of the effects on innocent populations. As in the case of farmers physically afflicted by the compulsory use of organophosphates, governments, so-called "scientists", the legal system and medical authorities have variously lied, obfuscated and obstructed across the board at the very highest levels. The network of connections between such agencies and the multinational corporations is extremely revealing(1).
It would also be beneficial to approach many of the patients in at least five well known London hospitals, who have been diagnosed with radiation sickness and other serious toxicological conditions, and have been living in the vicinity of the Shell site, with a view to carrying out further extensive sample testing. It is useful to note that many of these persons have requested that scientists should visit their homes and stay there whilst carrying out all necessary testing procedures. We have been presented with evidence which suggests that, possibly at varying times, material from the Shell site may have been deposited at any or all of the nearby development sites, such as Marsh Farm, Lambourn Gardens, Compton Close, South Lake, Winnersh Triangle, Woodley Aerodrome, Sandford Farm, and maybe others.
Paradoxically, for British servicemen and their
commanders, big business collaborated with the Soviet Union throughout
the so-called "Cold War", much the same as has been taking
place with China today(2)(3). Harry Oppenheimer's Anglo American Gold
worked covertly with the Soviet Union to control the diamond market.
A profile of the Iranian-Jewish Reuben brothers linked them to Trans-Continental,
a subsidiary of Metal Traders Inc., and connections with the Soviet
metal market (The Observer, 26th June, 2004). The Reubens also
had links to the Anglo-Jewish property developer Elliott Bernerd and
financier "Black Jack" Delal, thus extending the connection
to the Rothschild family. It is not inappropriate to mention here that
the late Lord Victor Rothschild, revealed after the 1939-45 War as a
Communist traitor whose primary loyalty was to Israel, where he is buried,
was Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Research and
subsidiary Shell research companies between 1961 and 1970. This covered
the period of the Shell Site episode, of which he could hardly have
been unaware. He was then appointed First Permanent under-Secretary
of the Central Policy Review Staff ("Think-tank"), in the
Cabinet Office under Prime Minister Edward Heath. Through the Oppenheimer
Anglo American-de Beers link, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild connects to the
uranium market. Lord Nathan Rothschild is invested in Yukos Oil, whose
principal, the Russian-Jewish Mikhail Khordorkovsky, is under arrest
in Russia. And we are back to oil and the collective resources of the
Caspian region and Middle East again!
Early tactical principles involved greatly increased dispersion against the effects of nuclear attack. But there was one fundamental principle of war that has direct relevance to the tragedy being played out since the first Gulf War of 1991, wherever the United States-driven United Nations, Nato or Coalition forces have operated. Factors that have historically influenced and altered the fundamentals of war are few. Arguably, these include the bow and arrow and the horse. The bow and arrow removed the inevitability of hand-to-hand combat. The horse brought mobility and flexibility. Gunpowder merely enhanced the range of the arrow and the ballista (catapult), albeit dramatically, although it also considerably expanded the scope for demolition. Mechanisation likewise dramatically enhanced the performance of the horse which it replaced. One other element of war, nuclear power, has now fundamentally altered the conduct and course of any future war. Historically, the objective had been to displace an enemy from his position and hold that ground as a stage in the battle. Once nuclear weapons came into existence such ground, once contaminated, will be denied permanently to both sides. The pattern of war had changed for ever, but no training, no simulation can replace experience of conflict itself. Since no major war has broken out we simply do not have that experience, or discipline. Recklessly and unprofessionally, principally the United States has flouted the nuclear principle. It has wrought a tragedy that is now unfolding for friend and foe alike, as well as innocent civilians, the magnitude of which we have yet to see.
IRAQ AFTER THE NUCLEAR STRIKES
Coalition Clean-up And Soil Replacement Activities
The field team observed a concentrated effort by United States military engineering units and Iraqi contractors escorted by United States Army security forces in the process of clean-up operations of bomb and battle sites. The most disturbing circumstance was observed in the United States occupied base in South-Western Baghdad in the Auweirj district. It is close to the International Airport and hosts one of the largest Coalition ground forces bases around Baghdad, occupying the operational headquarters of the Iraqi Special Republican Guard. The area was subject to considerable aerial bombing and rocket fire prior to the Coalition ground forces' arrival followed by several ground skirmishes along the main routes to the International Airport and Western entrances to the City. This area is adjacent to the Mansour District and the main route to many bridges crossing the Tigris into the downtown core. Auweirj contains a wealthy residential neighbourhood including the homes of many (former) Iraqi military officers and the main barracks and staging area for the republican Guard. Some of the highest overall ambient air and ground surface radioactivity readings were measured in Auweirj.
As the teams vehicle approached Auweirj, the cloud was blanketing the Coalition occupied base, depositing a layer of fresh dust on people, houses, automobiles, and the highway. We had to turn on the windshield wipers. Departing the Coalition occupied base was a long, steady stream of tandem axle dump trucks carrying full loads of sand, heading South away from the city. Returning from the south was a second stream of fully laden dump trucks waiting to enter the base. As we passed the base's main entrance, the gates were opened to reveal bulldozers spreading soil while front end loaders were filling the trucks that had just emptied their loads of soil (silt and sand). The trucks arriving were delivering loads of sand into the base while the departing trucks were hauling away the topsoil.
Interviews of roadside vendors revealed the United States had been, for months, removing surface soil, trucking this material into the desert South West of the City and returning with fresh sand to build up a new surface. Being a dirty battlefield, it was understandable that American forces were removing potentially contaminating soils from their living and working areas. But this earth moving exercise appeared counter-productive if contamination was the concern. The soil removal was lofting tonnes of fine, light dust into the local environment, which was then falling back to inundate square kilometres of residential neighbourhoods and Coalition-occupied facilities. In several locations, the potentially contaminated soil was dumped so as to establish defensive berms and fill perimeter security caissons surrounding occupied facilities. This practice was observed inside several cities.
Landscaping The Battlefields
Following the removal of Iraqi military assets, American engineering divisions supervise the landscaping programme. Press report the battlefield landscaping programme as a clean-up (largely represented by covering over with soil) of U.X.O. (unexploded ordnance) and other dangerous debris left in the many combat areas. The programme has not been declared as a clean-up of radioactive contamination. Heavy trucks bring in topsoil and debris recycled from the combat and bomb damaged, now Coalition occupied facilities, and spread it in a course and uneven layer it is not graded or levelled, leaving the surface impossible to drive on and very difficult to walk on. The back-fill is used to cover ad hoc battlefield graveyards, diesel, kerosene and oil spills, an extensive array and high quantity of unexploded tank munitions, pools of loose high explosive polymer fills, unexploded mines and cluster munitions, and uranium oxide deposits surrounding burned out and penetrator defeated Iraqi tank defensive positions. While U.M.R.C. was investigating the Auweirj tank grave-yard, U.X.Os. were exploding in the hot sun. In the Al Basra area the team was shaken by the spontaneous detonation of a U.X.O. At that same Basra location, days before, a child was killed by a spontaneous explosion as he walked through the battlefield in the date palm orchard next to his house.
United States clean up in Baghdad
Iraqi tanks and anti aircraft guns established a major defensive position beside and under the Gate, dug into tank pits and foxholes in the trees and hiding in the orchard perimeter east of the highway. The position stretched a kilometre under mature tree cover. Iraqi command and control was nested underneath the criss cross of overhead highway exit ramps of the six lane elevated highway. A small date palm orchard behind the tanks and artillery positions provided cover for infantry snipers and chain guns. An anti tank, anti aircraft unit was stationed under the Northbound archway of the monument. Two hundred yards to the East is a village type suburb housing farmers, small merchants and commuters. There is a road-side picnic area under the trees with automobile pull off lanes on either side where merchants sell refreshments and gasoline to highway travellers. On the West side of the highway are the remnants of a small medical clinic destroyed by an American rocket during the engagement at Baghdad Gate.
Baghdad Gate exemplifies Coalition landscaping operations in the United States controlled areas in the capital. The battlefield was large and complex, requiring three field visits to survey. By the third visit the battle-ground was almost completely covered with piles of sand and bombed out building debris trucked into the site and pushed over most of the combat area. During the second visit to this site, while completing the radiation survey of burned out tank defensive positions on one end of the battlefield, a United States security patrol in Humvees with top mounted 50 calibre machine guns was guarding Iraqi contractors as they spread the fill towards us.
The covering over of this radioactive battlefield was careless and incomplete. Left open and exposed were the scorched and twisted remains of tanks decimated by continuous heavy fire of high explosive rockets and radioactive kinetic penetrators. The remaining metal parts, tank treads, clothing and piles of spent and unspent ammunition littered foxholes and defensive pits where tanks and other assets had been hidden to lower their profiles. Several emplacements, visible as circular burn (D.U. oxide pools) patches 8 to 10 metres in diameter remained uncovered and undisturbed by the landscaping operation. The field team was invited to join a travelling Iraqi family that had stopped here to have lunch. They were seated on a concrete bench less than 6 metres from a radioactive source measuring approximately 200 times the already elevated, Baghdad reference level.
Abandoning radioactive tanks in Nasiriyah
In August, an American forces post conflict investigation and recovery team, accompanied by heavily armed security arrived to conduct a radiation survey of the battlefield. They were observed by residents of the adjacent houses who, in their curiosity, approached the survey team. The residents watched as each tank was inspected with G M counters. The survey team called in two flat bed trucks and a heavy winching unit. Two of the five tanks were pulled up and out of the battlefield, over a steep and difficult pitch and on to the flatbeds. From here they were transported to a secure location at the Coalition occupied airport. Seven months after the battle, and three months after the United States survey team had removed the two tanks, the U.M.R.C. (Uranium Medical Research Centre), investigated this battlefield to find the three remaining tanks were radioactive. The tanks had been disabled by a combination of low trajectory delivered non explosive, kinetic penetrators and direct armour, explosively formed or shaped charge penetrators (e.g., probably by mechanised infantry vehicles or manually fired rockets). Neither top munitions nor air delivered penetrator entry channels were found on these tanks.
The radioactive ballistic penetrations were clearly visible on the turrets and chassis of the three M.B.Ts., generating G M count levels several hundred times background. The residents of the houses located within 30 metres of the tanks reported being warned by the United States survey team. Teenagers in a group watching the survey work and tank removal were advised by an interpreter not to play in the tanks because they could get sick.
British Investigations At Abu Khasib Fail To Post Warnings Or Remove Hazards
Unlike Baghdad, where United States forces have carried out soil removal and replacement, battlefield landscaping and military hardware retrieval operations, the Al Basras combat areas remain largely unchanged over the seven months since the end of the battle. Witnesses interviewed in this area report that a British army radiation survey team inspected the large Abu Khasib battlefield. The United Kingdom team arrived to the area dressed in bright white, full body radiation suites with protective face masks and gloves. They were accompanied by translators who were ordered to warn residents and local salvage and recycling crews (typically described as looters in the western press) that the tanks in this battlefield are radioactive and must be avoided.
The British team surveyed tanks and A.P.Cs. (Armoured Personnel Carriers) in which U.M.R.C. later found the highest number, highest levels and highest concentrations of radioactive source points and hot spots throughout its 13 day field trip. According to several persons interviewed, the British Ministry of Defence survey team strongly encouraged a group of bystanders to post signs on the tanks warning of the dangers of radioactivity to children, salvagers and curiosity seekers. The British forces have taken no steps to post warnings, seal tanks and A.P.Cs. or remove the highly radioactive assets. The team found radioactivity in and around most tanks in this battlefield as well as elevated readings on the soil surface, in the air and inside occupied buildings situated in the battlefield.
The British Army 2nd Close Support Regiment (Royal Logistics Corp) has posted on the Internet, photographs showing the burned out remains of an Iraqi M.B.T. in Abu Khasib. This particular tank was, coincidentally, inspected by U.M.R.C.'s field team. It remains as a curiosity seekers attraction on the roadside between Abu Khasib and Al Basra. The tanks diesel engine and several forged metal parts have been removed and recycled into the community. The direct armour, uranium kinetic penetrators entry channels can be seen in the Ministry of Defence photograph at the base of the main gun. The tank was also hit by a rocket or H.E.A.T. (High Explosive Anti Tank) round that kicked the turret off its rotary mount. This tank's radioactivity readings are 200 times background. Tens of thousands of unexploded rounds of ammunition (UXO) and ballistic debris still litter the Abu Khasib and Basra battlefields. British security and stabilisation forces are regularly seen touring this neighbourhood but are careful not to approach the battlefields and disabled Iraqi tanks.
We have referred on several occasions previously to the serious physical side effects from the use of Depleted Uranium bombs and ammunition. The following two articles, in both of which we see again the name of Asaf Durakovic, each confirm and amplify a situation and a familiar pattern in which governments on both sides of the Atlantic persistently maintain a cynically low profile. The British Government has now quietly abandoned the use of D.U. but, no doubt in accordance with the inevitable Treasury diktat, existing stocks will have first to be expended. Like the ill-fated Sergeant Roberts and body armour, financial considerations are more important in the world of whip-driven party-politics than human life. The low official profile, continuing obfuscation and denial, together with corrupt medical diagnosis are an attempt to stall the day of reckoning should a comatose public awake from its "bread and circuses" slumber - the "Coronation Street - Dave Beckham syndrome", come to its senses and precipitate a major scandal with its implications for massive compensation and official retribution - literally on grounds of murder by default.
Depleted Uranium: Pentagon Poison
Deadly radioactivity is drifting in the sands and fertile fields of Iraq, in rain failing in Europe, in breezes that toss palm trees in Vieques, Puerto Rico, in the water of South Korea the toxic debris of exploded United States Depleted Uranium shells. The International Action Centre (I.A.C.), continued its historic exposé of this terrible danger with a forum in New York City on May 25th: "Poison Dust Another United States War Crime: the Use of Radioactive Weapons in the Gulf." D.U. is a by-product of the process used to make nuclear bombs and reactor fuel. Because this metal is 1.8 times denser than lead and burns on impact with steel, bullets and shells made of D.U. can cut through tank armour like a knife through butter. United States tanks, Bradley fighting machines, A10 attack jets and Apache helicopters routinely fire D.U. rounds. When a D.U. shell hits a target, as much as 70 per cent burns on impact, releasing invisible and insoluble uranium oxide, a radioactive dust that people inhale and ingest.
Juan Gonzaiez, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a co producer of the "Democracy Now!" radio show, is currently running a series of columns on D.U. in the New York Daily News. He acknowledged that he was standing an the shoulders of the I.A.C. and other activists, saying: "A huge, huge catastrophe has been visited upon the planet by use of these weapons and the spread of low level radiation." Gonzaiez broke the story on D.U. after the mother of an American soldier on leave from Iraq came to him for help. Her son, serving with a New York State National Guard unit, was suffering from serious respiratory problems - and being forced to return to combat. The mother added that many other members of his unit in Iraq were also so sick with high temperatures, kidney ailments and respiratory problems that they'd been sent home to Fort Dix.
Gonzaiez saw a connection to the effects of D.U., and arranged for independent testing of the soldiers. Of nine tested, four were absolutely positive for D.U. contamination, and three were probable. Denied testing at Waiter Reed Military Hospital, they were examined in a German clinic under the supervision of Dr Asaf Durakovic, Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Dr Durakovic, who is the Veterans Administration's nuclear medicine expert, has characterized D.U. as a "threat to humanity". D.U. is the latest manifestation of the dangerous low level radiation that is a by-product of United States military use of nuclear weapons. Gonzaiez cited a January, 2000, Federal report on occupational sickness of Department of Energy personnel that documented 50 years of deliberate government exposure of military and civilian personnel to radiation. A 1990 report on the effects of D.U., from the United States Army Armaments, Munitions and Chemical Command, was clear: "[L]ong term effects of low doses [of D.U] have been implicated in cancer. There is no dose so low that the probability of effect is zero." Gonzaiez was emphatic: "These weapons have to be eliminated or the whole planet will be contaminated."
The solution? "A global mass movement a multinational, multi gendered anti war movement that will shock and awe the war makers in Washington." For inspiration, he pointed to the heroic resistance in Fallujah and to the growing number of United States soldiers who refuse to commit war crimes, like Marine Corps resister Stephen Funk and Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia, a Nicaraguan immigrant sentenced on May 21st to a year's imprisonment. Mejia would not return to his unit in Iraq, saying, "This is an oil driven war". More inspiration for resistance came from Frank Velgara of the Vieques Support Campaign, who told how on May 3rd , 2003, a decades long struggle by determined Puerto Rican activists shut down the United States Navy bombing range in Vieques, a "victory against the most powerful military in the world." Kadouri al Kaysi, an International Action Centre member from Basra, Iraq, seconded that determination, focussing the evening on action: "Iraqis want the United States out of Iraq. The fight is still going on, and they will never give up. Most important is to come to Washington on June 5th to say to the Iraqis: We are with you, not with the United States Government!"
The Army says that only soldiers wounded by Depleted Uranium shrapnel or who are inside tanks during an explosion face measurable radiation exposure. But as far back as 1979, Leonard Diets, a physicist at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory upstate, discovered that D.U. contaminated dust could travel for long distances. Diets, who pioneered the technology to isolate uranium isotopes, accidentally discovered that air filters with which he was experimenting had collected radioactive dust from a National Lead Industries Plant that was producing D.U. 26 miles away. His discovery led to a shutdown of the plant. "The contamination was so heavy that they had to remove the topsoil from 52 properties around the plant," Diets said. All humans have at least tiny amounts of natural uranium in their bodies because it is found in water and in the food supply, Diets said. But natural uranium is quickly and harmlessly excreted by the body. Uranium oxide dust, which lodges in the lungs once inhaled and is not very soluble, can emit radiation to the body for years. "Anybody, civilian or soldier, who breathes these particles has a permanent dose, and it's not going to decrease very much over time," said Diets, who retired in 1983 after 33 years as nuclear physicist. "in the long run . . . veterans exposed to ceramic uranium oxide have a major problem."
Several European studies, however, have linked D.U. to chromosome damage and birth defects in mice. Many scientists say we still don't know enough about the long range effects of low level radiation on the body to say any amount is safe. Britain's national science academy, The Royal Society, has called for identifying where D.U. was used and is urging a clean-up of all contaminated areas. "A large number of American soldiers [in Iraq] may have had significant exposure to uranium oxide dust," said Dr. Thomas Fasey, a pathologist at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and an expert on Depleted Uranium. "And the health impact is worrisome for the future." As for the soldiers of the 442nd, they're sick, frustrated and confused. They say when they arrived in Iraq no one warned them about Depleted Uranium and no one gave them dust masks.
Whip's Nightmare - Diary of a Maastricht Rebel by Christopher Gill. The Memoir Club, 2003.
In June 1987, Christopher Gill became the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ludlow, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. In March, 1997, some ten years later with John Major as Prime Minister, he was to leave national party politics to organise what he had aimed to do as a Member of Parliament, that is to resist what he called the surreptitious absorption of the United Kingdom into the European Union without any effective dialogue with the British people about its likely effects upon their daily lives.
Christopher Gill started his political life in Wolverhampton politics and as the Chairman of its Education Authority, he was soon to learn what national politics could be about when he asked repeatedly the then shadow Education Secretary, Sir Edward Boyle, about the future of grammar schools under a future Conservative Government and received no answer. Such was the beginning of his vertical learning curve as a new M.P. Diaries are often difficult to handle and learn from insofar as they catalogue events day-by-day, and although vital sources of historical research fail to sketch the momentous events between 1987 and 1997, particularly in relation to the United Kingdom-European Union debate. Despite Christopher Gill's best efforts the real place of the United Kingdom within the European Union still remains unresolved.
Nonetheless, in all his efforts, Christopher Gill turns out to be a man of great courage and almost unending persistence in opposing the European Treaty and Maastricht. I think he would have liked this description of himself for he and his colleagues conducted their opposition within weak major administrations and which brought them repeatedly into confrontation with the Whips, hence the book's title Whip's Nightmare.
What Christopher Gill stood for as an M.P. and indeed what he now stands for is very much the product of his background. He noted, with undisguised satisfaction that as the head of a family meat processing business he had experience of the harsh realities of the real world, denied to many of the other M.Ps. who take up their seats in the House of Commons as non-practising lawyers or whose so-called reputation rests upon their being members of some think-tank or other.
To his credit, Christopher Gill never deviated from his opposition to the Single European Act and the Maastricht Treaty since he believed passionately that they undermined Britain's ability to govern itself. The Commons Agricultural Policy he labels as being absurd, the Common Fisheries Policy as a fishing free-for-all and calls the European Parliament a costly nonsense. He derides the European Union's attempts to control our defence, foreign and monetary policies. Little wonder then that he was anathema to the Conservative Governments of John Major and the travelling power seekers of whom Heseltine was a prime example. The whole nature of politics at this time is, according to Christopher one based upon deceit, half-truths and the slavish activities of supine Whips.
And one begins to wonder, as I am sure Christopher
Gill must have often done, what House of Commons politics, with or without
the Whips is really about. The tortuous procedures explained in the
book - closure and dilatory motions, whether to have late-night sittings
or not are really of little value to the average reader and one might
even venture the thought despite their long history, whether there is
now urgent need of radical change in which, after all, the making of
our laws depend upon. Indeed, it doesn't say much for the House itself
when the Westminster Eight arrange seating of its supporters as near
to the Whip's offices as possible just to see who goes in and who comes
out as an indication of who is for or against their views.
So what does this book written with such lack of ambiguity tell us of ourselves? Are we really a truly representative democracy, when of the 659 M.Ps. in the House, about a third of whom are potentially for sale to the Whips more for the sake of party unity than for the welfare of the people they represent. If I could write that this is the real contribution of this book, then Christopher Gill can fairly say that his difficult years as an M.P. have not been wasted.
The review by Kitz of Christopher Gill's Whip's Nightmare - Diary of a Maastricht Rebel is not a bad note on which to end. Christopher Gill has written of the duplicity and ineptitude of the party-political system and those who control it. This is the same system that, save for a handful of M.Ps. prepared to stand up and be counted, was willing to support an invasion based on the fabricated evidence of a now conveniently forgotten "dossier", rather than risk individual parliamentary careers, exactly as happened in the case of the rebellion against the Maastricht Treaty. It is the same system that retains a duplicitous, fanciful Prime Minister in office, a liar who prates persistently about the million Iraqis murdered by Saddam Hussien, whilst conveniently omitting the million who died as a result of 12 years of United States-United Kingdon-imposed Sanctions, and 10,000 plus more innocent Iraqis who have been slaughtered indiscriminately during the "liberation". It is the same virtually interchangable two-party system that sent an ill-equipped Sergeant Roberts to his death, as that in the United States that has been prepared to allow raw, ill-trained Reservists to proceed straight from civilian life to endure the flak of atrocities against Iraqi prisoners, as well as into the front line. The omens are not good, either for the Coalition governments, or for the Middle East.
(1) On Target, passim.
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