Thursday, July 10, 2008


Child killed by Nato troops. Photos by Maso Notarianni at the Emergency Hospital in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan -

In the UK, writes John Pilger, in The New Statesman, 10 July 2008 ( How Britain wages war):

"The Brown government is spending £11bn of taxpayers' money on a huge, privatised military academy in Wales, which will train foreign soldiers and mercenaries recruited to the bogus 'war on terror'.

"With arms companies such as Raytheon profiting, this will become Britain's 'School of the Americas', a centre for counter-insurgency (terrorist) training and the design of future colonial adventures..."

Child victim of NATO in Afghanistan

John Pilger reminds us of the cover-up of what British troops do, in their current colonial wars:

"Pictures of nomadic boys with Nato-roasted skin almost never appear in the press or on television, nor the after-effects of British thermobaric weapons, or 'vacuum bombs', designed to suck the air out of human lungs..."

Pilger writes: "An even more imposing wall of silence ensures that the British public remains largely unaware of the industrial killing of civilians in Britain's modern colonial wars... (Since 1945) Britain bears direct responsibility for between four million and six million deaths."

Child murdered by NATO troops in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan:

"On the night of 10 June, Nato planes struck again, killing at least 30 civilians in a single village: children, women, schoolteachers, students.

"On 4 July, another 22 civilians died like this. All, including the roasted children, are described as 'militants' or 'suspected Taliban'."

Pilger explains that "the US-inspired Nato invasion has had two effects: the killing and dispossession of large numbers of Afghans, and the return of the opium trade, which the Taliban had banned."

Pilger reminds us of the behaviour of UK troops in Iraq:

"A 14-year-old boy... was forced to simulate anal and oral sex over a prolonged period."

"Near the town of Majar al-Kabir in 2004... British soldiers executed as many as 20 Iraqi prisoners after mutilating them.



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