Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Saddam killed his own people just like General Pinochet. And once upon a time both these evil men were supported by the USA. Whisper it, even Bin Laden, once drank from America's cup. Just like that election down in Florida this shit doesn't all add up.

Give or take the occasional quote I haven't thus far simply cut and pasted other's people's words. However, when I read the words of John Pilger below I felt compelled to include a snippet of them here.

What is true of Australia is doubly true of the UK.


John Pilger Sydney Hyde Park 20 March 2004

Let us be clear on the facts of what happened one year ago today. The United States, aided by Britain and Australia, attacked a sovereign country, unprovoked, and in breach of the most basic principles of international law. By the most conservative estimates, up to 55,000 people were killed, including at least, 10,000 civilians: men, woman and children, a figure confirmed this week by Amnesty International.

More than 1,000 children are killed or injured in Iraq every month by exploding cluster bombs, left by the Americans and the British. According to the Uranium Medical Research Centre, the main cities of Iraq are poisoned with radiation from uranium-tipped shells and missiles, fired by the Americans and the British.

Indeed, so contaminated are sections of Baghdad and Basra that coalition troops are not allowed to go anywhere near where their own shells have fallen, streets where children play, oblivious to the danger. In one report, Iraq is described as a "silent Hiroshima". What this means is that the people of Iraq, and the occupying soldiers, perhaps including Australians, are left to get sick, many of them fatally. Listen to the American soldiers and their families who are now speaking out. Untold thousands of them have gone home sick, or deeply disturbed. Many have committed suicide.

This is the scale of the crime committed "in our name". By every meaning of the word terrorism, the invasion of Iraq was a massive act of terrorism.

If we are to get to the truth and understand momentous events in the world, we have to look critically at our countries and our own governments. We have to think in terms of our terrorism. Not just the terrorism the media wants us to know about, which relentlessly blames the Islamic world. This officially approved threat is racist; it ignores the fact that most of the victims of terrorism are people in Muslim countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine.

Yes, Al-Qaeda is a threat and a serious one, now thanks largely to Bush and Blair and Howard. If there is a terrorist attack in this country and Australians are killed, John Howard will share the responsibillity, just as Jose Avnar, the former prime minister of Spain, brought bloodshed to his people, 90 per cent of whom wanted nothing to do with Bush's imperial adventure.

The speech ends....

The only hope for a peaceful world is the neutralisation of the rampant superpower -- by the international community. We must tell Washington we shall not tolerate its aggression any more. Can we achieve that? Yes, in time we can. A world resistance is already under way. Who is this resistance? The answer is: People like you. Millions of people like you: in Spain, Brazil, Italy, Uruguay, South Africa, Britain, France.

Yes, there are perhaps greater challenges in Australia, and it may take longer here. But a start has been made; and we have no choice. Remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi: "First, they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."

For the whole speech please go to John Pilger's own website .

Love, light and peace,

BykerSink

I saw two shooting stars last night I wished on them but they were only satellites. It's wrong to wish on space hardware. I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care.