Iraq War, Chilcot Inquiry … and Clare Short

Sir Chilcot has officially released his findings on Iraq war Inquiry along with recommendations on how a similar situation could be better handled in future.

Full report available at http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/

Some of the main findings to quote BBC as follows:

Chilcot_Main_Findings

It took Sir Chilcot more than

  • 7 years
  • 10 million pounds
  • 12 volumes and
  • 2.6 million words

to confirm what Clare Short gave as her reasons to resign from Bliar’s Government.

It’s an irony that the person who manipulated the parliament was appointed as the Middle East Peace envoy.

It’s criminal that even after 13 years of Iraq war, 250+ innocent Iraqi citizens died in Baghdad this Sunday.

What peace has been achieved by the Iraq war and the Peace Envoy?

Should the responsible person(s) come out of these offences lightly?

It appears the 12 volumes of 2.3 million words do not contain answer for these queries.

What is your opinion?

 

 

 

 

The case is presented by archbishop Tutu – Is the world strong enough to act?

“Take Blair and Bush to ICC in The Hague” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said in an interview that Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over the Iraq war.

Very well said, Archbishop Tutu. That is the sentiments of international community as well. Liars who lied to their countries and orchestrated war against a sovereign country should face their trial at ICC.

By saying this, the international community is not saying Saddam Hussein is perfect; nor is it diminishing the atrocities of Saddam Hussein. But lying, Bush and Blair took two powerful countries of the world to war. The war which resulted in thousands of lives on both sides – including children, women and elderly; it is a very serious punishable criminal act. And Bush and Blair have committed this crime.

If arrangement are being done to take Saif-al-Islam – son of Gaddafi – to ICC, then his case should be started only after completion of trial of above said warmongers. Saif’s crimes are not more serious than that of Bush and Blair.

In reply, Blair has timidly replied what he uttered in past years – that Saddam was a true and murderous leader. No one is arguing on that, B-liar. That discussion is past. Currently we discuss about the LIES YOU TOLD TO THIS COUNTRY. WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT?

Let me say again, very well said, Archbishop Tutu! You have now presented the case formally. It is for the international community, UN and ICC to take next step from here onwards. Let us hope the world is strong and mature enough to continue with the case brought up by the Archbishop.

One query – can this not be brought in as a motion at ICC or The UN by Iraq or any other country for that matter?

A trial of Bush and Blair will not only re-install the faith on international judiciary, but it will also give re-assurance to the east and middle-east countries that if any western country and its leader target them without any morals, the culprits will be brought to justice.

Trial of Bush and Blair could well enough be the first step towards establishing a permanent cease-fire and start of peace negotiations in middle east – which the world desperately needs at this juncture of human history.

If an impartial trial can be assured by ICC, then two prison rooms will get their occupants very soon indeed.

Thanks again for opening this opportunity, Archbishop! Bush, Blair, see you at The Hague!!

Miners vs those with a college degree

One of the comments circulated on Internet on the South African shooting of miners mentions that “In South Africa the $1500 a month they were asking for would put them in a higher income bracket than most workers with a college degree”.  The person who raised this point obviously feel why should a mine worker get a decent wage.

Of course! A decent salary is only for those with a college degree!  Why should an ordinary mine worker enjoy a better wage?  He is just doing physical work deep underground for hours and hours – when compared to those with a college degree working in an air-conditioned room in-front of a computer!  A mine worker’s kids should dare to dream only to become a mine worker, and should not aspire for better wages for parents so that they could go to college someday!  Class-system at its best!!

My reply to above observation is, “Learn to respect the worker and work – whatever work it is”.  Just having a college degree does not give one wisdom and a passport to a wealthy peaceful life, totally ignoring suffering of human beings all around you.  One could close eyes and live, but not for ever.  The oppressed will awake and question the society.  At that time, the peaceful life of “college degree owners” will get disturbed!!

The same individual also mentioned that “They (miners) should definitely get an increase, but up to around $800” .  This is the voice of capitalism at its best.  Give workers just enough money to survive, but not enough to take them out of their horrible living conditions.  Because, if you offer more money, they will get educated and soon there will be none to work on mines!

The system is the culprit and it needs change – URGENTLY

No one becomes a mine worker by choice.  Circumstances make them one.  At least appreciate their hard work, and give them a chance, so that the next generation could progress a bit better.

Coming back to the murders of these poor workers – it is always an excuse of those who kill, to say that they attacked in self-defence.

Mass murderers of 21st era – Tony Blair and George Bush – used the very same excuse to attack Iraq by saying lies on WMDs.

What else should those workers – who protest and strike for basic living standards – do when confronted by armed police brandishing grenades and guns?  Should they keep quiet, go back to work – and repent by doing another 12 hours shift?

Let me say again, oppressed workers will rise anywhere and everywhere they are exploited – and when cornered, don’t expect them to follow the path of Gandhi’s non-violence.