Saturday, March 05, 2005

Blair's Bloody Hands - by John Pilger

John Pilger, in , writes:

"A study by ActionAid reveals that the Blair government has sold weapons to 14 impoverished African countries where there is internal conflict. The people of Aceh, stricken by last year's tsunami, have been terrorized by British-supplied Hawk fighter jets, machine guns, and ammunition. Britain is a world leader in the export of small arms, even depleted uranium...

"Relative poverty in childless households in the UK has reached record levels under Blair, up to 13 percent – and a greater number than under Margaret Thatcher or John Major....

"Dr. Salam Ismael, who took aid to Fallujah in January, writes about a 17-year-old girl, Hudda Fawzi.

"Her father opened the door to U.S. Marines who shot him and a friend dead, then shot her elder sister, having beaten her senseless, then destroyed the family's furniture. Wounded people were dragged from their homes and run over by tanks; a clinic was destroyed by missiles...

"The BBC's Downing Street man Andrew Marr (apparently together with his wife) and his colleague from the Today program James Naughtie have been over to the prime minister's country home,Chequers, to sup with the killer Blair. It was Marr who, at the fall of Baghdad, told viewers that Blair had 'said they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating, and on both these points he has been proved conclusively right.'

"And it is Naughtie who has played a leading role in the British American Project, set up by Ronald Reagan to find a "successor generation" to those who propagated the Cold War on America's behalf.If shame has no place in what is called "public life," then the rest of us should break their silence for them. The Guardian says the electorate is "cross" with Blair. Cross? Such a genteel word. Supporting Blair, in his propaganda and his contemptuous need for another term of office, is supporting mass murder."

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