Perspectives on the War on Terror……

4 Jun

The hyperbole used by politicians contains almost all of the extraneous grammatical tautologies possible as I’m sure their armies of spin doctors know all too well, but it only adds to the drama whilst demonstrating to anybody with a reasonable grasp of the English language their ineptitude and, for those who do not examine the analogous statements, it only appears to add linguistic gravitas to their authority……

 

Redundancy and Tautology……

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is actually quite amusing to watch on TV programmes such as ‘Question Time’ as she struggles to string together coherent sentences.  Quite how such a brainless individual managed to reach the House of Lords evades me but there are no rules in peerage.  On a recent edition of ‘Question Time’ she continually referred to “extremist terrorists”.  In doing so I feel she provided  a useful public service by differentiating between the “extremist terrorists” and the more moderate, left wing terrorists who sit on tube trains wearing vests made from bubble wrap, threatening to carry on popping bubbles until their demands are met.  Lady Warsi; terrorists are terrorists, wherever they come from, whoever they purport to represent and whatever course of action they take.  Otherwise they would be protestors or campaigners.  Calling them “Extremist terrorists” is a grammatical redundancy as anyone who is a terrorist is by definition extreme.

A similar but no less effective use of pervasive language is to define terrorist groups by the religion they practice.  Acts of terrorism perpetrated by people of the Islamic faith is always highlighted as such, whilst acts of retaliation against them are portrayed as faith neutral.  This is particularly apparent in the Middle East where the Palestinians are ‘Islamic’ terrorists or ‘fundamentalists’ but the oppressive occupying Israeli forces are never referred to as ‘Jewish oppressors’.  The same applies to almost all conflicts in Islamic countries where the ‘Christian’ coalition are the occupying force.  This use of language is not only one sided and divisive but does a disservice to the majority of Muslims who are neither extreme nor fundamental.  It is akin to dividing paedophiles into ‘heterosexual’, ‘homosexual’, ‘lesbian’ or ‘incestuous’.  Paedophiles, like terrorists, only require one adjective to convey their twisted ideology and the acts they perpetrate……

It Takes Two to Tango……

The US and UK have a very short memory when it comes to events in world history.  The current bouts of ideological warfare started with 9/11, the ‘axis of evil’ and the ‘war on terror’.  In reality it is nothing more than a continuation of events stretching back through the annals of time.  One doesn’t need to look too far into the past to see the civil rights movement, which only ‘won’ equality for African-Americans in the 1960s or, more recently, the end of apartheid in South Africa.  Neither do you need a history lesson to see the ongoing oppression of the people of Tibet or Burma.  Even the establishment of the United States of America required land grabs and attacks against the indigenous population……

Democracy in Action……

There are between 192 and 195 countries in the world.  Officially, approximately half are democratic.  This does depend largely on your viewpoint and how you define a democratic country.  Personally, I don’t even consider the UK as truly democratic; as for Russia and many others, democracy is far from an actuality.  Sharia Law CampaignWhatever your opinion and by whatever means you judge democracy, it has little affect on the relationships between countries.  The US and UK are close allies of Saudi Arabia which is not democratic in any way and has a questionable record of human rights abuses.  However, we have lucrative arms contracts with Saudi Arabia and commit little parliamentary resources to challenge them regarding the treatment of their citizens and especially their treatment of women.

Rumsfeld & SaddamPost 9/11 we joined the US invasion of Iraq, based on the allegation that they could attack us with only 45 minutes warning, possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and had links with ‘al Qaeda.  None was found to be true.  No WMDs were found and the 45 minute warning was proven to be false along with the links to ‘al Qaeda’.  We also joined the US in the invasion of Afghanistan; this time to dismantle the ‘al Qaeda’ training camps and capture Osama Bin Laden who was accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks, although to this day the US government has failed to provide any evidence that this was the case, other than the clearly fake video evidence conveniently discovered in a house in Afghanistan after the invasion.  In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 the Taliban offered to extradite Bin Laden providing the US present the evidence, which they were unable to do, leading to the invasion of Afghanistan and the loss of countless innocent civilian lives.

Ex-Best Friends

Ex-Best Friends

The US and UK; self appointed police force of the ‘free’ world, pick and choose who are the enemy and who aren’t.  It has nothing to do with human rights, democracy, religion or any other tangible, publicly available information or policy.  As Colonel Gaddafi discovered, one day you’re in the club, the next your membership has been revoked and the armed forces have joined your detractors to over through you……

In Summary……

Right and wrong has little, if any, relationship to the foreign policies of the west.  Money, oil and strategic concerns drive such policy.  Whilst I do not condone any acts of violence by any side in a conflict, it is not beyond reason to see why desperate acts of suicide bombings are undertaken by people who feel that their voices, culture, history and claims on territory can lead individuals to take such inhumane actions.

We live in a corrupted world where military campaigns are waged against whole populations, 98% of whom have no involvement in the extreme fringes of what is happening in their homeland.  Meanwhile, by stealth and under the guise of security our basic human rights are being undermined.

If we judge the death toll of innocent civilians caught up in the ‘war on terror’ as a marker by which to judge the aggressors we find the real terrorists are the US, UK and their allies……

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