Last week I saw a comment on someone's facebook page that shocked me a little (It shouldn't have I know...it is facebook after all). I had to of course have my say and tell this person how ignorant a comment it was. I did of course reply and we got into a big debate and guess what...facebook removed it...obviously a bit too controversial. Now I did get a bit personal and said 'you daily mail armchair pundits make me laugh' but these people's ignorance astounds me.
In not so many words this person believed that 'Islams should be stopped' from marching in Wootton Bassett and that it is a 'good thing' we (the west) went into Afghanistan and Iraq! Firstly 'islams'?? Islam is a religion, you mean 'Muslims’ and even if the grammar was correct the march is not for 'Muslims' or just for Muslims. Not all followers of Islam can be associated with this march. The march is to try and raise awareness of the war crimes which have gone on and are still going on in Iraq & Afghanistan.
Please don't get me wrong, I do not agree the march should take place in this location BUT I can understand these people's anger. I know of people who have lost babies, mothers, sisters, brothers over there. These people do not see our soldiers as heroes and you can understand why. I value everyone's life as sacred and my heart goes out to everyone in this country who have lost their soldier sons or fathers etc. But you cannot get away from the fact that we should not have been in these countries to start with.
A common argument is that we had to promote freedom and release the people who are victims of such injustice. 7 years on and who can really believe this? I'm not sure that any sovereign state has ever been changed or "fixed" with an invasion, least of all with an invasion that has been proven illegal over and over again. Does everyone forget the initial 12-18 month deadline that was provided for a security?
Every analyst worth his salt predicted that the situation across the Middle East would worsen and that terrorism would increase. Well they were obviously correct but I am not going to go into stats as they are meaningless without a sphere of understanding of the situation as a whole.
If we are going to war, at least tell us the truth in the first place. To be honest, the whole thing can be summed up by the following. PNAC send George Bush a letter nine days after 9/11 stating that "a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq," should be made.
Hold on, we thought it was because Iraq was harbouring WMD...I think anyone can see that the whole thing was a bed of lies. But to then invade Afghanistan too. America has wanted a new government in Afghanistan since at least 1998, three years before the attacks on 11 September 2001. The military action began long before the World Trade Centre fell. And these stats that our country keeps publishing on how happy citizens are now that our soldiers have gone in?? I have yet to speak to one person from there who agrees with this. Here is an article on America's hidden interests in replacing the Government there; it is definitely worth a read The Debate: Did Oil Influence