On This Day – 20th March 2003

On the 20th of March 2003 the US launched missiles on Baghdad.

I was opposed to the war then and I am still opposed to it.

I have no doubt that the ‘Verdict of History’ will find Bush, Blair and Howard guilty of Crimes Against Humanity, my only sorrow is that they will never stand trial in their lifetimes.

Please note that I have nothing but admiration and respect for the soldiers who were and still are being sent to  fight and die in this war which was based on the lies and deceit of men who thought they were above the Will of their people.

15 thoughts on “On This Day – 20th March 2003”

  1. Boa, I watched the live CNN coverage of the strikes – it was a kind of sanitised attack for the world’s audiences without pictures of casualties or actual damage done. ‘There’s another hit on a palace.’ ‘A command centre.’ ‘A TV station.’ Didn’t anybody imagine it might be their home town being treated to a bout of Us imperialism?

    I saw Bliar yesterday being a diplomatic big-shot alongside Hillary. Sickening.

  2. Didn’t anybody imagine it might be their home town

    … certainly not the Few with Power – just those powerless and ignored thousands who marched against the war all around the world.

  3. There was a very interesting interview on Wednesday in the Evening Standard, not a paper I usually expect to find interesting, so am glad I picked up a copy, with Imran Khan and how he believes the War on terror created the Taliban in Pakistan. It may be available on line.
    I protested against the war at the beginning. It gives me no pleasure as the truth comes out to know I was right to do so. Bush et al would have had a harder job if more people had stood up and spoken out against the war, rather than demonstrating a profound lack of interest in events that seemed far away. The returning bodybags are bringing the war a bit closer, but what life is like for the population of Iraq is, for me, unimaginable, and I hope I never have to experience anything like it. Like you, I have nothing against the troops who are on the ground in this war.

  4. isobelandcat :

    Imran Khan and how he believes the War on terror created the Taliban in Pakistan.

    That is an interesting observation and I would be fascinated to see how he came to that conclusion since the roots of the Taliban were in the conflict with the Soviet Union, or rather in the immediate aftermath during the lawless time of the warlords. The Taliban, a student movement, was supported by the Pakistani ISI, (InterServiceIntelligence) and had its connections established a long time before the attack on New York and the (in)famous pronouncement of the war on terror. The Pakistanis and The Saudis, who also supported the Taliban in its early years, have a lot to answer for.

    You also seem to be confusing two wars. The returning body-bags are coming from Afghanistan. The body-bags in Iraq are sataying there since they are, for the most part, Iraqis who are being slaughtered by other Iraqis who are the ones creating the conditions you find unimaginable. (I’m sure there are lots of people in Northern Ireland who don’t have quite the same failure of imagination, btw.)

    For the record, I agree that it seems as if Britain was taken to war in Iraq on false pretences, or worse, lying to the Parliament, and therefore illegaly – but illegally in British Law. In International law the case seems to hang on UN Resolution 688 of 1991. It should be noted, however, that that resolution does not invoke Chap 7 of the UN Charter which is required before use of force is sanctioned by the UN?

    It doesn’t matter, of course, they’re going to get away with it.

    opy of the resolution available here: http://www.casi.org.uk/info/undocs/scres/1991/688e.pdf

  5. No Bravocc I am not confusing the two wars. I am merely referring to both of them. You are assuming too much and misinterpreting what I am saying, probably because I did not spell it out clearly enough.

  6. The Pakistanis and The Saudis, who also supported the Taliban in its early years, have a lot to answer for.

    Bravo: what about the CIA backing and funding of the Taliban and bin Laden?

  7. Araminta. The CIA provided support to the mujahedeen in their war against the Soviet Union. The Taliban arose after the war. There is no evidence of any support for the Taliban from the CIA.

  8. And, btw, let’s also not confuse the Second Gulf War with my war in the Gulf for the liberation of Kuwait which was authorised under International law by UN resolution 678 of 1990.

  9. Excellent blog, Boa; I agree 100 per cent. And an interesting thread to follow…
    I was a teacher in Leeds back then; the 1,500 or so teenagers in my school decided to protest with a mass sit outside… While we were following orders by trying to get them back in, hundreds of kids from the neighouring school blockaded the road outside. Police were called, the press arrived and there was basically complete chaos because of anti war protests at two massive Leeds secondary schools.
    My head would have been on the block, big time, had I not toed the party line…but looking back,those kids were right.
    Sorry, Boa, going off on a tangent again as usual. But I think you’re right: those really to blame will never be held to account for this, or for a lot of things, in our lifetimes.

  10. It certainly has been the subject of much discussion, Bravo. The Washington Post, and others have made connections between the Taliban and the CIA. I doubt there is much firm evidence, as you say, and the US are very keen to distance themselves from this.
    In the world of Realpolitik and the CIA, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  11. PS. I have no brief for the CIA. There are some people doing good work, but they never make the press. It’s the gung-hoers intheir cowboy division who get all the headlines.

  12. Thank you all for your comments. Especially Bravo for detailed comment regarding the Taliban.

    I think I’ve made my position regarding War fairly clear elsewhere – I subscribe to Churchill’s comment “Jaw Jaw – not War War”. However, I understand that there are times when the “Jaw Jaw” fails, and there is no alternative. I would put the First Gulf War in that category.

    I am in two minds about the Afghanistan War. At the time, I thought America and her Allies were probably right to try to track down Bin-Laden and Al Qaeda. But that was a long time ago, and I do not believe that any one country has the right to impose its will, most especially its form of government on another…

    … which is where we end up with my opinions about the present War in Iraq.

    Thank you agian for your comments.

  13. Bravo, I think it’s fair to say that whatever it actually does (on which you seem to have the inside track) the CIA is lousy at PR for itself. I know squat about such things of course.

  14. bravo22c :

    So, Araminta, nothing but speculation then?

    Bravo, I think that is what I said. I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories, as general rule, but some of them turn out to be true.;

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