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Palestine & Iraq

Brendan Hughes • 16.09.2002

Iraq looks set to face a war waged upon it by America and its main ally the Brits. I have no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a brutal thug who deserves to go. But he is not on his own. George Bush would have us believe that that the war criminal Ariel Sharon is a man of peace. How much crap are we to plug into our ears and allow it to stop us hearing the cry of the innocent pounded by American bombs? Telling us that Sharon is a man of peace is like telling us Hitler was a humanitarian.

The war about to be fought is not about removing injustice. It is about putting some other bastard in to replace Saddam Hussein so long as he is a bastard that won’t threaten US interests. How many more people will we in the West allow to die before this fact hits home? If something is right we should support it but where it is wrong we must oppose it. What is happening to the people of Palestine is wrong. What is about to happen to the people of Iraq is wrong. Saddam Hussein is a tyrant Mr Bush but Ariel Sharon is no man of peace - how about taking some action against him?

Ten of my friends died during the hunger strike. They received much support from the Palestinians. They didn’t even know us but they could identify with us. Have we paid them back in kind? I don’t think so. We have watched the injustice inflicted upon them while our leaders have flirted with Washington. The Irish people need to speak out on the Palestinian question. They need to speak out against the US government who are about to bomb Iraq because while they bomb it Sharon will be sticking the boot in to the Palestinians.

Justice is Truth. Injustice is a big lie. And the big lie facing us today is one that condemns Iraq and excuses Israel.



















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