BLAIR’S WAR – BLAIR’S LIES.



Protest 21st January 8am Queen Elizabeth 2nd Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster,  SW1P3EE http://stopwar.org.uk/content/view/2217/1/

             Tony Blair is back in front of the Chilcot inquiry. The hearing comes against a background of the statement from his chief legal adviser which effectively says that Blair ignored his advice over the legality of the Iraq war. Lord Goldsmith, who was attorney general in the Blair government, has said that he felt uncomfortable with Blair’s public statements in the run up to war. 

        It is clear that Blair had a strategy of not asking for legal advice from his
legal adviser, trying to avoid it being put in writing, and in general
ensuring that he heard nothing which might hold him back in his determination to follow George Bush into the war.
         Blair deliberately went to war despite knowing that the lawyers thought the war was not legal. He is now giving evidence for a second time at Chilcot, to try to explain the discrepancies between his original evidence and that of Goldsmith.
      Stop the War, along with CND and BMI, is calling a demonstration outside the Chilcot inquiry this Friday, 21st January, at 8 am. We are asking everyone who can be there to attend. He is scheduled to be in the hearing  from 9.30 to 2pm but there is now talk of him being there all day because of this latest statement. We would especially encourage people to come from 8 till 10.30, but there will be people there for the duration of the hearing.

Other things you can do to highlight Blair’s lies:

1. Call a local protest/set up a STW stall on Friday if you can’t make it to Westminster.

2. Hold a meeting on Truth and lies about Iraq – we can help find speakers for you.

3. Donate to Stop the War to help our campaigning, and take out a direct debit/membership to contribute to our work over the coming year.

Protest 21st January 8am Queen Elizabeth 2nd Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster,  SW1P3EE

 

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A BLOOD STAINED BOOK.


         He was another Christian fundamentalist war mongering nutter mouthpiece of the state so why allow him to bask in the illusion of popularity. He became a millionaire on the blood of others.

Protest Blair’s Book signing – Wed 8 September
Message from Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition

          We’ve had a huge response from our members, supporters and the press to the protest we are organising outside Waterstone’s, Piccadilly on Wednesday 8 September, 12:30pm, when war criminal Tony Blair will be at a book-signing event to launch his memoirs.

          A measure of how outraged people are by a bookshop hosting an event as if Blair is like any other author publicising a book, rather than indictable for war crimes. Within days, our e-lobby has seen 1000 users ask Waterstone’s to cancel the book-signing. You can find the e-lobby at http://bit.ly/93tbfF .

        Please publicise this link as widely as you can, post it to your Facebook, website, Twitter, etc.

         A letter asking Waterstone’s to reconsider giving Blair a platform was recently published in the Guardian signed by, among others, novelists Iain Banks and AL Kennedy, journalist John Pilger, composer Michael Nyman, former Guantanamo detainee Moazzem Begg, ex-soldier Ben Griffin and artist Tanya Tier.

We’ve turned this into a petition for use by local groups, which can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/386xtzm

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AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY via. THE CIA.


         If anybody out there thinks that it is Clinton/Bush/Obama that is the problem, then perhaps this little list, which is in no way complete, might help to make the point that it is the system of state/corporate capitalism/imperialism, and not the figurehead at the top that is the real problem.

Excerpts courtesy of   CIA timeline.   by Steve Kangas

1953: Iran; CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil.

1954: Guatemala; CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup.

1957-1973: Laos; The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections.

1959: Haiti; The U.S. military helps “Papa Doc” Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the “Tonton Macoutes,” who terrorize the population with machetes.

Ecuador; The CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign

Congo (Zaire); The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba

1963: Dominican Republic; The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup

1964: Brazil; A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history.

1965: Indonesia; The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup.

Congo (Zaire); A CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator.

1967: Greece; A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections.

Bolivia; A CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara.

1969: Uruguay; The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice.

1973: Chile; The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende. The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.

1981: Iran/Contra Begins; The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua

1983: Honduras; The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual, which teaches how to torture people.

1989: Panama; The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega.

Like I said, this list is in no way complete, but there is enough there to surely convince you that changing the smiling face that sits on the throne of corporate capitalism isn’t going to make one bleeding bit of difference to the endless slaughter that goes on to protect the bank balances of the rich parasites that own the corporate world. It will require the destruction of corporate capitalism and the creating a system based on mutual aid and sustainability that will see to the needs of all our people, before we see an end to the slaughter for profits.

 

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AFGHAN INDEPENDENCE!!!


 

        August 19 is celebrated by Afghans as Afghan Independence Day and represents the signing by the Afghans and the British Imperialists of the Treaty of Rawalpindi on August 19 1919. The British Imperialists, after three bloody wars, gave gave up their imperialist dreams of occupying Afghanistan. On her recent visit to Afghanistan, Hilary Clinton, with unashamed hypocrisy and utter audacity, congratulated the Afghan people on their 91 years of independence. An independence that has seen almost 10 years bloody Soviet occupation followed by a further almost 10 years, and even more bloody, US/UK occupation that is still ongoing.

         It appears that when the US invades and occupies a country that is freedom, but when any other country does likewise, it is tyranny. It is simply a matter of state logic, we are always righteous and for freedom, they are always tyrannical and repressive.

           In the past it was workers blood that was shed on foreign soil killing workers at the behest of our imperial masters. Now it is workers killing workers on foreign soil at the behest of the corporate world, with the state giving it the stamp of legitimacy by supplying the cannon fodder. Never has it been for the benefit of the workers. In the past crowns got extra jewels and mansions were built on the blood of the spoils. Now oil and minerals, contracts and markets are added to the corporate portfolio. History surely tells us that this system of states is not for the benefit of the ordinary people.

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THE KILLING FIELDS OF AFGHANISTAN!!


KABUL CONFERENCE SHOWS THE WAR AT AN IMPASSE

The Kabul conference discussing the war in Afghanistan has only served to
demonstrate the impasse which the war has now reached. Even the US
administration has conceded that talks with the Taliban – so far resisted by
Obama – are going to happen. The recognition that the war is losing contradicts the statements, still reiterated by foreign secretary William Hague, that there is a gradual improvement in the situation in Afghanistan.

The much-touted date for withdrawal in 2014 shows the desperation of the Nato governments, faced with defeat in Afghanistan and growing unpopularity of the war domestically. The fact that they are talking about a withdrawal date reflects the growing costs of the war, in human life and in billions of dollars. The death rate of British soldiers now stands at similar levels to those of Russian soldiers just before their withdrawal 20 years ago. The death rate of Afghans has increased over the past year. The Afghan army, supposedly being trained to take over the war from the Nato forces, has a 25% desertion rate.

But the conference today answers nothing. Why is fighting continuing in Helmand and the south when a likely outcome of negotiations to end the war will be to  hand over that area to the Taliban? How can western governments claim the war is about human rights when it backs a government ranking among the most corrupt in the world? Why are these same governments ignoring public opinion, which is for rapid withdrawal of troops and an end to the war?

The role of the British government in this war has been shameful, from John Reid’s claim four years ago that the troops might be able to leave Helmand without a shot being fired in anger, to Hague’s current increasingly desperate justifications for the war.

How many more people will die before the proposed withdrawal date? How many billions will be spent on an unjustifiable war while the welfare state is
slashed by the Coalition government. And which government minister will have to tell the families of the dead what exactly they were fighting for?

We are asking all our supporters to redouble their efforts campaigning to bring the troops home. Now is a moment when the movement can really make a difference. Our timetable for withdrawal starts now, with campaigning in every locality, involving military families, trade unions, school students and students, faith groups and anti war campaigners. We are aiming for a big national demonstration to coincide with the next Nato summit on November 20th saying it’s time to go –bring the troops home.
Please start spreading the word about the demonstration – leaflets will be
available on Monday and get in touch with your local group or check the website for local activities.

‘AFGHANISTAN: TIME TO GO’.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 26TH JULY

7pm, Monday, 26th July
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL

Joe Glenton, jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan, speaks out against
the war. With Caroline Lucas, Jeremy Corbyn and Mark Steel.

The war in Afghanistan is in crisis. The strategy is crumbling, with Obama’s
sacking of General McChrystal and an increasingly corrupt Karzai government. The violence is intensifying with No clear goals and even fewer results. Thousands of Afghan civilians are dying every year and very little rebuilding is being done.    Despite the 77% of people being opposed to Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, this government continues to send troops to kill and die in a war that is being lost.
web;  http://stopwar.org.uk

twitter; http://twitter.com/STWuk

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BLOOD AND MINERAL WEALTH??


        300 British troops killed in Afghanistan, it is working out at 1 killed every other day, 300 British families devastated, all in the name of –WHAT–? This does not take into account the number of young people coming back from that imperial expedition with limbs missing and other horrific injuries, then there are those who come home mentally scarred and broken. The bulk of those killed and damaged in this imperial affair are from the working class, the class that has nothing to gain from this endless slaughter. When it comes to why we are there we get a myriad of answers from, making us safe here in the UK, to building a true democracy in Afghanistan, of course we haven’t even started to build a true democracy here in the UK. 

    Recently we have been getting little hints of what could be the true reason for our government sacrificing so many of our  working class youth, (and they are young, the average age of UK deaths in Afghanistan is 22 and among the 300 deaths, 31 were teenagers) In some of the financial papers there has been talk of the mineral wealth of Afghanistan as being in the £3 trillion region. Now the Western corporate world is not going to let that fall into the hands of of any other power group. So they call on their minders, the Western states to get in there and lay claim to that wealth by setting up a compliant government. A government that will let the Western corporate greed machine rip, rape and plunder that unfortunate land to feed their ever hungry shareholders. We the working class of the world bleed and the corporate world gains.  

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THE NEXT REVOLUTION!!!


 

         There never has been a more critical time in humanity’s history, we are at the point of no return, if it is not already too late. We the ordinary people must create the next revolution which must be a revolution of consciousness. We have to break the mind set moulded by state power and corporate greed. A mind set that sees war as a means of progress, war as a means of sorting out international problems. War has never been to the advantage of the mass of ordinary people who are called upon to sacrifice their lives. The plunder always goes to those who advocated war but never see the front line at the time of conflict. They call on the people to make the sacrifice while they themselves walk the corrupt corridors of power, safe while they wait for the glory and the gold. It is time to see state organised violence at the behest of corporate greed abandoned as the last vestiges of our darkest hour, an era when we lost our humanity and allowed acquisitiveness to run rampant across the world.

             We have to realise that to allow the festering marriage of state power and corporate greed to exist is to continue the rape of the planet, the exploitation of its people and the spiral of violence and corruption. We have to come together to undermine the state and all it stands for, remove its strangle hold over our lives and take control of our own lives and the environment. The corporate world must be transformed by the workers into organisations controlled by those who work in them and for the benefit of all the community. We don’t need kings, presidents, prime ministers or boards of directors and their sweaty palmed shareholders to tell us how to live our lives. Their records can’t stand scrutiny, it’s a catalogue of arrogant cronyism, corruption, self centred greed, exploitation and violence.

            There is an alternative in spite of the established pack of rapscallions trying to preach “free market capitalism” as the only way. Control and decisions must come from the bottom up, we must take control of our communities and work in confederation with other communities to create a society based on free association, voluntary co-operation and mutual aid. Anarchism points the way, its the tool to create that better world of peace and justice for all. Only we, the ordinary people, can create a diverse and colourful world free for all our diverse and colourful human family to enjoy. We have to wake up to the fact that it is their world or it is our world, there can be no compromise, no half measure, tomorrow is ours or there is no tomorrow, and time is running out.

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BRITISH & US TROOPS PROTECT THE OPIUM BUSINESS!!


 

     British, NATO and US forces in Afghanistan are fighting and dying to protect a corrupt puppet government, Put another way, British, NATO and US troops are fighting and dying to protect the opium business of Afghanistan, it is known that at least four of the key players in the opium business in that country are senior members of the Afghanistan government. Also there are certainly many more government officials and government related bodies making a tremendous amount of money from the opium grown in Afghanistan, the world’s largest opium producer. 

       Whatever other reason the West gives for being in Afghanistan, it is certain that the opium trade want them to stay, they certainly don’t want the Taliban back. It should be remembered that up until we invaded Afghanistan the Taliban had wiped out opium production in that country, but strangely and co-incidentally it came back with a rush of success and mega opium-bucks began to change hands immediately after we invaded. As the slaughter of the Afghanistan people and the killing and maiming of British, NATO and US troops proceeds unabated, it’s business as usual for the opium millionaires wheeling and dealing under our protection. How do we come to understand the use of Western tax payers money to subsidise opium millionaires and flood the west with heroin? Only a perverse, corrupt system based on greed for profit, such as capitalism, could spawn such a bizarre and destructive scene.

          What ever guise war is dressed up in, it is always the same, war is the strong arm tactics of the state to back up the corporate world’s rape and plunder of poorer countries. The state and the corporate world live off each other, they are interdependent, they need us. We however don’t need them.

         We can build a new world structured on the needs of all our people and sustainability. A world of federated communities based on mutual aid, free from the corruptive force of profit, free from the greed of the corporate world and its parasitical shareholders. A stateless world of co-operation where borders are lost in the fog of history and differing cultures are seen as a welcome and colourful rich diversity.

         It can be their world of greed, profit, continued rape and plunder of the planet, exploitation, war and poverty, or it can be our world of voluntary co-operation, free association and mutual aid, planned on sustainability. An end to war, poverty and exploitation, a world we would wish for all our children and our grandchildren. However, they will not give it to us, we’ll have to take it.

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Myth Of The Brave Soldier.


 

     An article written some time ago by Mickey Z but I feel is worth repeating as it is still relevant today.

        In a recent correspondence, Adam Engel wrote: “One of the greatest myths about America is that it’s the ‘home of the brave.’ Once, perhaps, prior to 1492. Now, it’s most likely the greatest collection of cowards in the Milky Way Galaxy.” Engel specifically mentioned our lack of response to losing habeas corpus and to being both “subject to eternal imprisonment for liberating animals from vivisection labs” and “complicit in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Palestinians, Lebanese, Afghanis, South and Central Americans, Haitians etc. etc. etc.”
        He could’ve also included our acquiescence in a frighteningly broad range of areas, e.g. access to health care, tolerance for voting irregularities, directly funding the Israeli war machine, and stomaching the groupthink behind saluting a flag. Americans talk the talk but when ordered to remove their shoes before going through airport security, it’s “yes sir” all the way.
For the purposes of this article I’d like to highlight another area in which American bravery is lacking…an area I have touched on before: supporting the troops. As John Kerry’s recent episode demonstrated, one cannot appear to criticize the men and women in uniform without paying a high price. There are many who identify themselves as “anti-war” who will vigorously defend the troops. Even when faced with documented evidence of criminality, Americans still cannot summon the bravery to condemn the military. The excuse-making typically touches on these two areas:

         1. They were just following orders 2. Those who enlist do so for economic reasons
          The first line of defence flawed argument. Principle I of the Nuremberg Tribunal (1950) states: “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.” Principle IV adds: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.” And please don’t get me started on the Geneva Conventions.
        As for excuse 2, a recent New York Times editorial put that myth to rest. Authors Tim Kane and Mackenzie Eaglen “analysed demographic data on every single enlistee, not just a sample, and found that in terms of education, last year’s recruits were just as qualified as those of any recent year, and maybe the best ever. Over all, wartime recruits since 1999 are in many respects comparable to the youth population on the whole, except that they are on average a bit wealthier, much more likely to have graduated from high school and more rural than their civilian peers.” They also found that youths “from wealthy American ZIP codes are volunteering in ever higher numbers” while “enlistees from the poorest fifth of American neighbourhoods fell nearly a full percentage point over the last two years, to 13.7 percent. In 1999, that number was exactly 18 percent.”
           Are some of the American soldiers in Iraq there primarily for economic reasons? Sure. Did others sign up for a chance to shoot some towel heads? Probably. So, after factoring out these two relatively small groups and rejecting the immoral “only following orders” defence, the question remains: Exactly how are the men and women fighting in Iraq immune from any and all blame?

Mickey Z can be found HERE. 

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DEPLETED URANIUM.


 

    An old article that I posted elsewhere some time ago, but always think it is worth repeating.

       Depleted Uranium, (DU) is a radioactive waste product which is also chemically toxic and is used by the military in armour piercing shells and bullets. When it hits a hard target it ignites and aerolizies into a fine mist of radioactive particles, if inhaled or ingested can cause cancer, leukaemia, birth defects, Gulf War Syndrome and other illnesses. It can also enter the food chain through water and/or soil. The wind can send particles in all directions over a wide area. The area near the Dundrennan base in Scotland, where depleted uranium weaponry is tested, has the highest incidence of Leukaemia in the UK.

         The UK MOD claim that they don’t hit hard targets at the range but only fire into the Solway Firth. Around 20-30 tons of DU waste is lying on the Solway seabed with the MOD making no attempt to retrieve this danger. As DU is a radioactive waste, it is in breach of the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping Wastes and other Matter, 1972. The MOD are therefore in breach of international law through the dumping of radioactive waste in the Solway Firth. There are also claims that they are creating environmental and health problems by hitting hard targets with DU weapons.

          After the NATO invasion in former Yugoslavia evidence was found that NATO forces used DU on 8 sites. Seven of these sites were in the Republic of Serbia and one in the Republic of Montenegro. Remains of weapons with DU were taken from the soil in these regions and contaminated soil was registered in each of these regions. It is difficult to establish the amount of DU that contaminated these sites. However, Yugoslav Army reports compiled during the war, plus investigation of projectile fragments and data about these types of weapons and how they are used, it can be estimated that NATO fired approximately 3,000-5,000 shells which is the equivalent 1-1.5 tons of uranium 238.

          After the US operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in the region of Tora Bora, it was found that urine samples taken from the local population contained uranium amounts 200 times higher than the population at large.

        These weapons were also used in both attacks on Iraq. The Gulf War 1 in 1991 resulted in 350 metric tons of DU being deposited in the environment and 3-6 million grms of DU being released into the atmosphere. Its legacy to the troops involved in the war, Gulf War Disease, a progressive, incapacitating, multiorgan system disorder, its symptoms include, incapacitating fatigue, musculoskeletel and joint pains, headaches, neuropsychiatric disorders, confusion, visual problems, changes in gait, lose of memory, respiratory impairment, impotence and urinary tract morphological and functional alterations. The understanding of the disease is far from adequate. Uranium isotopes have been detected in urine samples of Gulf War veterans 10 years after inhalation exposure.

         Rageh Omaar, a BBC journalist reporting from Basra stated that Iraqi doctors reported a 20-fold increase in cancers since the end of the 1st Gulf war. Internal contamination with DU isotopes were detected in British, American and Canadian veterans 9 years after inhalation exposure to radioactive dust in Gulf War 1. DU isotopes were also identified in a Canadian veteran’s autopsy samples of lung, liver, kidney and bone. DU danger is illustrated by the following example. In February 1980 a court order from the State of New York forced National Lead Industries, a manufacturer of DU tips, to stop production as they had exceeded the proscribed monthly limits of discharging radioactive material into the air of 150Ci. This value corresponds to 387g of DU. The tip of one shell in a 30mm gun contains 298g. Some time later in a letter to the Atomic Scientists’ Bulletin, Mr Dietz asks if the authorities were worried about discharges that were the monthly equivalent of the particles from 1 or 2 uranium projectiles, why wasn’t the US government worried about the effects of tens of thousands of projectiles fired in the several days of the Gulf War?

        The US Army’s radiology unit suggested press releases should be issued to prevent possible negative international reaction to the use of DU due to public concerns. The report offers the use of tungsten or titanium as an alternative, stating that the only reason to use DU was a cheap way of getting rid of waste. It also outlines ways in which “using arms with depleted uranium is in violation of the basic principles of international law.”

        It is obvious that DU is a highly dangerous substance and is indiscriminate in where it blows and who it affects. The fact that the states that use it are aware of this but continue to use it and put their own troops and the local populations at risk to further their own imperialist gains is just another example of the State’s disregard for the people. War is an arm of the state and it needs ordinary people as cannon fodder but has little interest in the resultant suffering. If we wish to put an end to war and its suffering we have to find a way round the state. We have to eliminate its power by organising at community level, bring power into the hands of the people, work in federation with other communities, creating a world of mutual aid, not profit, of co-operation, not competition, seeing to need, not greed.

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THE STATE AND WHAT IT IS GOOD AT!


 

        The State apparatus and its servant the media are continually telling as to be aware of terrorists and the evils of terrorism. However what they are referring to is a rat bag of fundamentalists who can wreak havoc and considerable damage to a city and its civilian population, Mere amateurs compared to the State. Compare the damage to the infra structure and carnage inflicted on the civilian population of Afghanistan and Iraq. These are only two of the most recent cases of State terrorism, the list is endless, Russia in Chehnya, China in Tibet, America in Chile, Nicaragua, Granada, and Venezuela, Britain’s list obviously goes back to the “days of Empire” and continues today in Iraq.

      At the present time the various states involved in Afghanistan are creating an ever increasing death toll among the civilian population of that country following on from at least 600,000 civilian deaths in Iraq since the start of the State terrorist attack on that country, totally destroying the myth that we are doing it for the good of the people. Add to that the total destruction of both of these country’s infra structure, the increase in malnutrition and disease and the increase in infant mortality and you can see what State terrorism is capable of doing. It will not stop at Iraq and Afghanistan, it will only be stopped when the people rise up and call a halt the this barbaric system. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan are ordinary people, from shop assistants to doctors from office workers to builders why do we allow them to be treated in this fashion. We must put an end to State power doing the bidding of the corporate world, this corrupt marriage is destroying the planet before our eyes. There never was a more pressing issue than the destruction of the State/corporate power machine.

        As people we can create a federation of communities and co-operate to build a better world based on free association, voluntary co-operation and mutual aid. A world we would want our children to grow up in.

 

      Writing in 1968, Will Durant, in his The Lessons of History, says that “in the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.” And on states, “When the states of Europe freed themselves from papal overlordship and protection, each state encouraged nationalism as a supplement to its army and navy. If it foresaw conflict with any particular country it fomented, in its people, hatred of that country, and formulated catchwords to bring that hatred to a lethal point; meanwhile it stressed its love of peace.”

Incinerating Iraqis; the napalm cover up : UK Independent (06-17-05) ran an article which confirmed that the US had “lied to Britain over the use of napalm in Iraq”. Since then, not one American newspaper or TV station has picked up the story even though the Pentagon has verified the claims.

Symbols of the state.

 

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ANARCHISTS—CHAOS??


 

       Whenever a group or individual lets off a bomb whether they be nationalists, religious fundamentalist, fascist, republican, or whatever, the media would have it that they are creating “anarchy”. Anarchist as far as the media are concerned create and desire chaos. The media, never having interviewed anarchists, have created this myth that anarchists are against organisation and believe in violence as a way of life, even although the state is the biggest perpetrator of violence, think Iraq, Afghanistan etc.. This same media claim that with no government there would be chaos.

        However, have a look around and see for yourself the results of government. Everywhere we look we see chaos and destruction, greed and poverty. Thousands go homeless as house builders are on the dole. Thousands of People in Scotland will sit in cold houses while gas companies make billions of pounds profit. The price of butter is extortionate and every year Europe has a butter mountain. As millions die from starvation we turn fish into fertiliser, switch food crops to bio-fuel meanwhile governments spend billions of pounds on nuclear weapons with the capability to turn the planet to dust. Today the world has governments it also has chaos.

        Why, you might ask does such madness and chaos go on? The answer is quite simple, “profit”, this whole system is built around and geared to creating “profit” for the small group of parasites that own the means of production. Human need is not their concern. In fact it is the opposite, their drive for profit means that they will continue to squeeze the amount paid for materials and labour, Their aims and our aims are incompatible. Governments are here to safeguard the wealth of that bunch of parasites.

        Anarchists believe in “organising” society from community level, working in federation with all other communities to create a sane society that sees to the needs of all the people based on individual freedom, sustainability, co-operation and mutual aid, free from the greed driven “profit” motive. Chaos and violence we have in abundance, organisation, peace and sanity we want.

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THE STATE AND BIG MONEY.


 

     Nothing ever changes in the relationship between the corporate greed machine and the state. Big business can and does create tensions and shape the state’s foreign policy, all draped in the cloak of patriotism and compassion for others. The state and the corporate greed machine have honour degrees in hypocrisy.

        In 2001, Bruce Jackson, vice president of Lockheed Martin and other members of the neocon Project for a New American Century, wrote to President George Bush stating that “American Forces must be prepared to back up our commitment to the Iraqi opposition by all necessary means.” What was driving his desire to help the Iraqi opposition, the love of the people or the love of the money involved? The previous year Bruce Jackson chaired the sub committee that produced the Republican Party’s foreign policy document that George Bush ran on in 2000. A few months after retiring from Lockheed Martin, Bruce Jackson in 2002 formed the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. Were Bruce Jackson’s views altruistic and driven by the concern for the Iraqi people or were they shaped by the billions of dollars that Lockheed Martin stood to plunder from the taxpayers as a result of the war?

         As Iraq burned costing countless thousands of casualties and ever mounting deaths, not to mention nearly $300 million a day of taxpayers money, another contractor driven organisation, The Iran Policy Committee is calling for pre-emptive strikes against Iran. Why is big business being allowed to shape a state’s foreign policy? They are simply the same organisation, big business picks up the loot and the state does the strong arm stuff. Working class bodies and taxpayers money will feed the corporate greed machine’s avaricious appetite for profit if they have their usual influence on the American state apparatus.

         Like I said before, this is not new, the history of the modern state is littered with the corruption of its bed partner corporate greed. It was one of their own, General Eisenhower, that called for, “An alert and knowledgeable citizenry” to stand up to the military industrial complex.

       Well isn’t it now time to stand up and dismantled this festering union of corporate greed and the state apparatus? Must we see endless wars and countless deaths stretch into the future of our children, all in the name of corporate greed? Must profit shape this world into an endless battlefield?

       We the people have the power, of that there is no doubt, all we need is the will. We must communicate, organise and resist our children’s future being dragged into this nightmare of endless wars.

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REASON TO DUMP THE STATE.


 

       The state system seems to survive in spite of its crippling restrictions on our civil liberties, today more than ever the state works against the general population and is simply the apparatus that keeps control of the population while the corporate world rapes and plunders the planet in its endless pursuit of profit. It protects a small group of pampered parasites and ensures that the wealth of the world flows in their direction and stays there. Why haven’t we as ordinary people brought and end to this enslaving system?

Perhaps it is because there is a powerful disposition in each of us toward developing a view of the truth, a value structure, that favours the circumstances into which we happened to have been born. Where we start from always seems normal, therefore correct, it is only with observation and reasoning that we realise other ways and start to question our values. Interaction with others should stimulate or reasoning, unfortunately, self ennoblement can be and often is, the invisible cement of religious and political dogma. Against this invisible barrier the only defence is the ruthless application of reason. Reason must be the doorman that evicts and prevents entry of self-serving false entailments that attempt to shape our value structures. inducing us to accept a false reality. Reason should force us to see our true position in relation to the social structures we build.

Each of us has the faculty of reason, and it is our right, as well as our responsibility, to exercise it. Surrendering this faculty to others, for what ever purpose, whether it be to the authority of the state, church or political party, is neither a rational nor an ethical option. Holding a particular belief can never relieve us of our responsibility to strive to justify our beliefs in the light of evidence. The state by its nature negates the individual’s right to govern his/her own life by reason, as it demands allegiance. Today we have marauding religion infested politics on the rampage with powerful states infused with religion, this is intrinsically flawed and extremely dangerous to us all, since they must insist on their version of the truth against all others. A considerable amount of the violence across the world is manifestation of this fact. How we interact, one with the other can have no reference to revelation but only to ethical truths that can be discovered through human reason. Our capacity for such reasoning and that each individual is capable of ethical consideration, is what gives each of us the right to equal worth, this in turn makes any need to appeal to divine revelation redundant. It should also allows to see the state in its true colour and look beyond this system to a better world built on reasoned co-operation and mutual aid.

 

WHEN WILL IT EVER END???


 

 

The 20th century man

In 1918, I, a man of the 20th century, ordered 10,000 men

like me over the top. A similar man, on the other side,

ordered machine guns, howitzers, and mortars to fire.

He had to stop my men.

He did. Few of them returned. And most of them – like me –

were scarred in mind for life.

I did it. He did it. His Emperor did it. My President did it.

Our Stone Age ancestors did it.

In a hundred days I sent a thousand bombers across the Channel

to blow apart and incinerate my fellow man, just as some of them

had gassed and burned to ashes many more of my fellow man.

They did it. We did it. I did it.

And you know something? I wasn’t even born when I sent

my fellow man to death at Belleau Wood;

and only a child when I rained fire on Hamburg.

But as certain as I live today, I did it.

Years later, when I am gone, when others bemoan

the slaughter at Verdun, the fiery atomization of Hiroshima,

the disembowelment of Vietnam, the consuming fireballs of 9-11,

death grants me no rest, because if others don’t know him,

I know the 20th century man behind those horrors.

If it could, my earth bound fleshless jaw, bone grating against bone,

would try to form these words:

I – did – it.

Robert W Proctor  November 2002

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