Thursday, March 11, 2004

Theirs are the skies all dark with bombers and mine is the peace we knew between the wars.

Just watching the news reports come in about supposed Al Qaeda links with the Madrid bomb.

On the face of it, it looks pretty damning. A letter has been sent to newspaper claiming responsibility. A van has been found near the scene with detonators and a taped version of the Koran. These details are sketchy so excuse me if news reports change later.

Like I said, all in all, pretty damning.

And I don't believe a word of it.

Just like I don't believe that Bush knew nothing about September 11th before it happened. September 11th set the tone for the whole of his presidency - it got his oil buddies into Afghanistan and took them on a crest of an Axis of Evil wave into Iraq.

I have mentioned marching before when Bush came to London. What happened? Our march was wiped of the world's front pages by a bomb in Turkey.

Last Friday Blair makes his speech warning us of the dangers of terrorism. Then Spain is attacked, less than one week later, apparently by Al Qaeda themselves.

On the very same day, as the Madrid blast, Bush, who is really starting to struggle in the US polls, is attending a memorial for those killed in 9/11. The timing of it is perfect. Bush gets to talk about how the world we live in is still a dangerous place and he has a ready made example to demonstrate his point. The polls also show that the American public believe Bush to be a stronger "war-time leader" than Kerry. In other words for Bush to win he has to clearly show that the war is both vital and on-going.

This is all handily backed up by the Madrid Al Qaeda letter which also states that further bombings will be carried out in the USA itself. This in itself makes no sense. Terrorists warning in advance on bomb attacks? It doesn't exactly make life easy for them.

Let's not also forget that currently the Brits released from Guantanamo are all locked away with journalists and are telling their, no doubt, horrific stories. These stories are now also pushed away from the front page. I am certain that the bomb in Madrid will now be used as an example of how it is okay to bend civil rights a little, if these atrocities can be avoided.

As I said, it is all just too convenient. I don't pretend for a second to be able to understand the mindset of a Muslim. Except that I believe that human nature is much the same the world over. I don't see how such atrocities can benefit Al Qaeda. I do understand how they can benefit Bush, Blair, big business and not forgetting Israel.

There are so many interesting view points on 9/11 out there on the web. What is certain, whatever you believe is that it has never been properly investigated. You have to ask yourself why? You can join the dots for yourselves - the Bin Laden familiy ties with the Bushes, the Carlyle Group, the Saudi Royal Family, the inability to send up interceptor jets, Bush freezing in that kid's classroom, the video of Bin Laden actually claiming credit for the bombing that doesn't actually look like Bin Laden. Then there is the reports of the so-called dancing Israelis in the nearby park, taking pictures of the collapsing World Trade Centre while whooping and high fiving. It's all out there I could link it all individually but If you are interested then What Really Happened has it all.

But ignoring all of that for a second. Suppose we agree with every word Bush and Blair have said. Suppose we put aside our thoughts on the wrongs that has been perpetrated against Afghanistan and Iraq. Suppose Al Qaeda is a danger.

Have the wars so far made this world safer? Are we closer to world peace?

The only answer can be no to both of those.

Going back to Muslims and human nature. The lie that is frequently repeated is "they hate us because we are free that is why they attack us". This is plainly ludicrous. If Al Qaeda does exist and is behind these attacks then it is because of our support for a murderous Israeli regime. It is because of the many tens of thousands that have been killed by our bombs. It is because of the one million people who died in Iraq before the war even started because of sanctions. The sanctions that only strengthened Saddam's position of power and further weakened his people. Who knows, without the sanctions it is possible that Saddam would have been overthrown by his own people in the fullness of time.

The deaths that occurred in Spain today are tragic. Ordinary people going about their daily lives. But the worst outcome of this bomb would be if it was used as an excuse to increase this death toll many times over.

I know there are people out there who will disagree with what I have written. That is your perogative. I am neither a historian nor a political expert and those of you who are, and who don't have a political axe to grind can put me right.

However I believe I am educated and informed enough to have my own opinion. I refuse to be told what has happened, who to blame and what should be done by Blush, Blair and their many media cronies.

In the same way that it appears the War on Terrorism will run and run, so will the fight to stop all wars. We are never going to live in a Utopia but the only immediate step in the right direction, that I can think of, is the removal of Bush and Blair.

Despite what has happened today. I want to reiterate what has been said, shouted, chanted and sung by millions of people across the world. The war on terror is NOT IN MY NAME.

Love, light and peace,


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.