Friday, February 17, 2006

Justification for torture

The latest justification for the torture at abu ghraib is priceless. It appeared on the TES website:"any change is bound to have repercussions".

The news networks have finally dragged the photos of these "repercussions" into the public domain. The White House's only response is that publishing the photos will lead to violence. This is an interesting argument and could be used to stop any reporting of any event. Messrs Blair and Brown probably had their notebooks out at this point. IT is almost as good as "any change is bound to have repercussions."

It was unarmed Iraqi civilians who were bound and are they really the sort of repercussions you would like your child to suffer? Have you tried telling them they are much better off now? Difficult for some because your "repercussions" seem to be fatal.

And your sole argument: Saddam was a bastard. Yes we know that and he was a bastard when the Americans armed and supported him. Are you being a tad two-faced perhaps?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hurrah for the Brownshirts

Anyone who expected or hoped (or pretended to hope) a Brown leadership for
the Labour Party would in any way improve on Blair's leadership should
have been rudely awakened by the vote in ID cards. Brown cheerfully
supports ID cards, detention without trial and is hardly going to object
to the extensive use of "direct labour" and "contract" torture by the
Americans at Guantanamo and around the world.

And jellyfish have more backbone than the so-called Labour rebels. It is
time for a new workers' party.

(The headline is not original. The Guardian cartoonist beat me to it. It is a parody of the Daily Mail headline "Hurrah for the Blackshirts!" At the time the Daily Mail supported the British Union of Fascists. They have moved to the right since then.)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

New Labour oppose democracy

Whitehall officials are considering cancelling local council elections in England in 2007. In fact having done away with that whole tedious business of having to prove somebody has committed an offence before imprisoning them, New Labour's next step may be to abolish elections altogether.

Friday, February 03, 2006

State of the Union response from Celeste Zappala

CELESTE ZAPPALA
A member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, Zappala's eldest son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. He was killed in action in Baghdad on April 26, 2004, while searching for weapons of mass destruction.

She said today: "Yesterday George Bush spoke with unsubstantiated optimism about the war in Iraq; yesterday another U.S. soldier was killed, bringing the total to 2,243. If all of the families of all of those soldiers had been sitting in the chamber, could Bush's self-serving comments about sacrifice have been heard above the cries of grief and anguish?"

Naturally this wasn't quoted widely in the corporate media because she isn't important like George W Bush.