The Exploitation of Conflict for Political Capital…….

17 Mar

‘There are almost no depths to which our politicians will plummet to make political capital from the suffering their illegal conflicts have caused……’

First Things First……

The UK’s Armed Forces are an incredibly brave and honourable group of professional fighters who never fail to step up to whatever challenge they face.  I have nothing but praise for what they selflessly do in the name of the protection of us all.

I do, however, question the motivation of the politicians that place them in unnecessary danger in the name of our nation’s security……

Direct Threats to the UK……

We are surrounded by friendly nations on all sides.  None of our neighbours have any desire to invade or attack the UK.  Any distant nation, none of which has made any plausible threat to the UK has the capability of attacking us.  The few nations who have nuclear weapons know that to launch an attack of this nature would be futile as they would face the wrath of our allies.  Therefore, to support the military industrial complex and the financial benefits it brings a threat was needed.  Whatever you believe about the attacks in America on 9/11 they were not the work of a disparate group of Islamic extremist.  They were simply the patsy for a much larger agenda……

 

Recent Conflicts……

Since 9/11 our troops have been sent into the theatre of war in Iraq and Afghanistan under what could best be described as dubious circumstances and most probably a pack of lies……

Iraq……

There is little doubt that the reasons we were given for the invasion of Iraq was not ‘bad intelligence’, it was based on misinformation and outright lies.  The ’45 minute threat’ never existed, a fact which they were aware of.  And, the existence of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ was also a lie, backed up by all credible intelligence sources.  Whether you choose to believe the political rhetoric or not, Iraq posed no threat to the UK and the invasion cost the lives of 179 British troops and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

Tony Blair and his cabinet are responsible for nothing less than a war crime……

Afghanistan……

The invasion of Afghanistan was the result of our ‘special relationship’ with the US Government.  The apparent hide out of Osama Bin Laden who the US had at the top of their ‘most wanted’ list and was allegedly hiding out in the mountains, despite the failure of US authorities to prove any link of Osama Bin Laden to 9/11 and for which, to this day, he has not been indicted was the catalyst for the invasion.  The Al Qaeda training camps which we were told were a major threat to the west vanished along with their residents.  We are now told that the threat from Al Qaeda has dispersed to numerous other countries.  Interestingly, most of the enemy combatants (as defined by the intelligence services) who have been executed by drone aircraft have been in Pakistan, one of our allies.

The conflict in Afghanistan has caused the deaths of hundreds of soldiers and severe life changing injuries to hundreds of others.  The death toll amongst Afghan nationals numbers into the tens of thousands……

Extraordinary Rendition and Guantanamo Bay……

The British Government has been complicit in the ‘extraordinary rendition’ of UK citizens to many different countries where, it is claimed, the victims have been tortured and some have ended up in Guantanamo Bay, deemed by almost all human rights organisations as an illegal detention camp where the basic principals of justice are not abided by.

If the UK intelligence agencies have proof that the victims of extraordinary rendition have committed crimes worthy of extradition, then we have a perfectly adequate legal system with which to deal with such cases.  Allowing a foreign government to kidnap people from the streets and whisk them away to another country amounts to a breach of human rights and complicity in a war crime……

Drones……An MQ-9 Reaper at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada

The UK now owns and operates drone aircraft with the capability to take lives by remote control.  This is happening over other sovereign territories without any legal process being applied and amounts to an act of war.  We are told by our trustworthy politicians that the targets of these attacks are ‘terrorists’ and pose a direct threat to the UK.  I find this hard to believe.

Since 9/11 the American and British Governments have acted with impunity, invading countries at will and under false pretences.  They have cost hundreds of thousands of lives of innocent civilians whose only crime is to live in a target country.  They have cost the lives of hundreds of troops and irreparably ruined the lives of hundreds of others.  They continue to detain ‘enemy combatants’ without access to legal representation and without charge.  Their justification for these actions is ‘the war on terror’; a war which has only been exacerbated by their actions and the only people we have to trust for information about the alleged threat comes from the politicians who pull the strings.  I would go as far as to postulate that the war on terror has put us a greater risk from radical groups.  Every act of terrorism wherever it happens and by which ever group we are told is ‘linked to Al Qaeda’ although this has never been proven in a court.

Should you wish to perpetuate a war with no end goal what better than an undefined, non-geographical enemy.  The ‘war on terror’ is a media war, not a credible, organised threat orchestrated by a central command……

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