I guess we all have to die of something….but…I never, in my wildest dreams, ever imagined that I might die from having my pension removed for SIX YEARS by the most brutal, evil and repugnant government, nay, not government, but ‘regime’, ever to have…
I did not think there was anything that could truly shock me any more, but watching A World Without Water has. I have managed to emotionally detach myself from the horrors of war, torture and abuse but watching a young girl crying because she has no friends as her family cannot afford water blind-sided me.
The privatisation of water has to be the greatest crime against humanity in the history of the world. It isn’t just affecting developing countries either, in Detroit, Michigan in the USA there are over 100,000 people without water because they cannot afford it. Water is essential to life and now it is being traded as a commodity. Is the UK exporting water? How long will it be, I wonder, for the insatiable greed for profit to extend it’s grasping claws into our lives…?
…when, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month of 1918, the First World War ended. “The war to end all wars”, which had spanned four years, cost the lives of 10,000,000 men and a further 20,000,000 wounded.
The Menin Gate, Ypres.
The Menin Gate, a memorial to those who lost their lives defending the town of Ypres, has a central “Hall of Memory” within the Gate, which is 66 metres long and 36 metres wide. The names of 54,896 men that have no known grave are engraved along it’s length.
“Who will remember, passing through this Gate,
The unheroic Dead who fed the guns?
Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate, –
Those doomed,conscripted, unvictorious ones?”
So began the poem “On Passing the New Menin Gate” by Siegfried Sassoon, who also wrote the following statement in July of 1917.
“I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.
I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defense and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow-soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.
I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.
I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.
On behalf of those who are suffering now I make this protest against the deception which is being practiced on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of those at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize.”
Siegfried L. Sassoon…July 1917
How tragic that this statement could be written by any member of the forces occupying Iraq today – eighty-eight years later.
How can any government send people, who have taken on the job of defending their countries, to fight an unnecessary war for profit? How can they use fantasy WMD as a reason for pre-emptive attack, then use chemical weapons on a civilian population? How can they put Saddam Hussien on trial as a war criminal when they incarcerating and torturing the people they pledged to ‘save’? The answer to all these questions is, they can do it because, we let them.
Citizens have a duty to the forces that have pledged to fight on their behalf. We are their voice and should do all in our power to speak what they cannot. We are not the ones being killed. We are not the ones being maimed. More importantly, we are not the ones who have to live with things seen or done, with no just cause as mitigation.
Is this how the German population felt during WWII? How they were demonised for doing nothing against their leader – is that to be our future? We are allied to a fascist country
I opened this blogger account in April of this year and never really got around to doing anything with it. Events, since Katrina struck, have dramatically altered my mindset and 9/11 seems the right time to start engaging in something constructive.
I’ve spent all of this month glued to news of Katrina, from the main-stream media to indy radio and blogs. The main-stream seem to be losing the courage they gained when confronted by the horror of New Orleans. I have a horrible feeling that the thousands of poor people from New Orleans will be spread around the country and forgotten. The little that they possessed gone and nowhere to call home.
I was always taught that good things could be produced from almost any tragedy. The flooding of New Orleans was the ideal opportunity to rebuild and address the problems that existed there. Why give lucrative contracts to the fat cats? FEMA could supply trailers for people to use while they clean-up and rebuild their city. Training could take place on the job and others could be employed to cook meals for the community, with the knowledge they would have a decent home in the future. Something along these lines would give all concerned a purpose, allow community spirit to thrive, heal the horror of what happened and restore the self respect taken from them in the terrible days spent as prisoners when they were really the victims.
It is becoming more and more obvious that there are a lot of hogs with their noses in the Federal ‘trough’ and they’re getting fat on it. I’ve heard a lot of talk about alleged New Orleans and southern ‘corruption’, which seems a bit rich coming from an administration that appears to be riddled with nepotism.
This month I have seen the real America, which has a big, caring heart, and it is nothing like many of it’s politicians.
At the start of this blog I mentioned 9/11 because since that event my feelings for America have been steadily eroded by the actions of it’s leaders. Katrina has made me realise that the real people of America are suffering and to these people I owe an apology.
I had no idea, of the wholesale environmental destruction taking place, the extent of poverty endured by so many or the enormous amount of people who are trying so hard to change it. To those people I extend my humble apologies for my ignorance, anger and detachment.