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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:31 PM
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The Guardian: The price of occupation
Tariq Ali
Friday July 8, 2005
The Guardian

During the last phase of the Troubles, the IRA targeted mainland Britain: it came close to blowing up Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet in Brighton. Some years later a missile was fired at No 10. London's financial quarter was also targeted. There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out the hits or its demands. And all this happened despite the various Prevention of Terrorism Acts passed by the Commons.

The bombers who targeted London yesterday are anonymous. It is assumed that those who carried out these attacks are linked to al-Qaida. We simply do not know. Al-Qaida is not the only terrorist group in existence. It has rivals within the Muslim diaspora. But it is safe to assume that the cause of these bombs is the unstinting support given by New Labour and its prime minister to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
One of the arguments deployed by Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, when he appealed to Tony Blair not to support the war in Iraq was prescient: "An assault on Iraq will inflame world opinion and jeopardise security and peace everywhere. London, as one of the major world cities, has a great deal to lose from war and a lot to gain from peace, international cooperation and global stability."

Most Londoners (as the rest of the country) were opposed to the Iraq war. Tragically, they have suffered the blow and paid the price for the re-election of Blair and a continuation of the war.

more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1523681,...
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:38 PM
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1. I am sure he is not the only individual to feel t his way, true, probably
:kick:
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Maple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:54 PM
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2. It is NOT safe to assume
this has anything to do with either Afghanistan or Iraq.

We have no idea who did it as yet.
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:32 PM
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3. but faux 'news' says it's a win win win situ for them!
'them' meaning the forces of reaction ('reaction' to efforts to gain power over life by working people, the poor, minorities of all kinds and for future generations who have no voice, being unborn)
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bpilgrim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:43 PM
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4. it is not SAFE to assume it isn't
either

peace
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