Jul. 10, 2005

The ghost at Gleneagles

As usual, the real news was'nt covered by the corporate media. After all, they played an essential part in convincing the rest of us that Bush/Blair knob-bobbing twins were doing things for altruistuic reasons, whereas this forum shows how very little, if any was done without an eye to personal wealth or power.

"Paymasters Of Carnage The ghost at Gleneagles By John Pilger 07/09/05 'New Statesman' - - In the orgy of summit coverage something has been overlooked: the two men at the heart of it, telling us how the world should be run, are the men responsible for Fallujah and Abu Ghraib. Over the past two weeks, the contrast between two related 'global' events has been salutary. The first was the World Tribunal on Iraq, held in Istanbul; the second the G8 meeting in Scotland and the Make Poverty History campaign. Reading the papers and watching television in Britain, you would know nothing about the Istanbul meetings, which produced the most searing evidence to date of the greatest political scandal of modern times: the attack on a defenceless Iraq by America and Britain. The tribunal is a serious international public inquiry into the invasion and occupation, the kind governments dare not hold. 'We are here,' said the author Arundhati Roy in Istanbul, 'to examine a vast spectrum of evidence [about the war] that has been deliberately marginalised and suppressed - its legality, the role of international institutions and major corporations in the occupation; the role of the media, the impact of weapons such as depleted-uranium munitions, napalm and cluster bombs, the use and legitimation of torture . . . This tribunal is an attempt to correct the record: to document the history of the war not from the point of view of the victors but of the temporarily vanquished.' 'Temporarily vanquished' implies that, even faced with such rampant power, the Iraqi people will recover. You certainly need this sense of hope when reading the eyewitness testimonies, which demonstrate, as Roy pointed out, 'that even those of us who have tried to follow the war closely are not aware of a fraction of the horrors that have been unleashed in Iraq'.
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