By Mike Small
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
- George Orwell
Afghanistan is little more than a sanitised bloodbath and if Cameron and his Liberals feel this it is still right to be there it doesn’t mean that we have to agree. The Wikileaks denoument of British Foreign Policy and complicity in war crimes and atrocities confirms the facts that we have known for a long time: the British State is irredeemable and we should leave it at the first opportunity.
As the Scotsman reported: 2British soldiers allegedly shot or bombed Afghan civilians, including women and children, on 21 different occasions, according to the leaked US army archives. At least 26 people were killed and another 20 wounded in the attacks by UK forces. They allegedly include 16 children, three women and a mentally ill man.”
British foreign policyis an unreformable moral chasm – and the Afghan ‘war’ is the latest expression of its imperial drive. It is no excuse to claim ‘junior partner’ status in America’s wars.
In 2008 Alex Salmond claimed that Britain’s involvement in the war in Iraq was “the most disastrous foreign policy decision of recent times”. In Iraq Scotland (with 8% of the UK population) suffered 11% of the UK war dead. I don’t know the figures but I’d be suprised if they were very different in Afghanistan. We are again following an ancient tradition of disproportionate representation in the British Armed Forces.
It’s time to leave this imperial force and bring our troops home.
In 2007 Wikileaks broadcast a secret video showing US air crew falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead after launching an air strike that killed a dozen people, including two Iraqis working for Reuters news agency. The release of the video came shortly after the US military admitted that its special forces attempted to cover up the killings of three Afghan women in a raid in February by digging the bullets out of their bodies.
This is the Afghan Mai Lai. Assange is our Seymour Hersh with his desktop on his back and working for no media outlet he is the epitome of the new world disorder. The presence of the Task Force 373, extensive use of drones and their application in civil society, mass civilians deaths, unaccountable secret units and regular units ‘off the leash’ – add up to an unquestionable fact – this is a war we should not be fighting and Scottish soldiders should be withdrawn.
Of course we can’t do this but to raise the question would be to remind people that we are tethered to this war machine and maybe let people question the sanity of this imperial union. Speaking in London, Mr Assange said: “It is up to a court to decide clearly whether something is in the end a crime.
“We would like to see the revelations that this material gives to be taken seriously, investigated by governments and new policies put in place as a result, if not prosecutions of those people who have committed abuses,” Mr Assange said.
“It’s important to understand this material does not just reveal abuses. This material describes the past six years of the war.”
He described the role of WikiLeaks as directly accountable to the “court of public opinion”, with no commercial interests.
See a special interview with Julian Assange here: