Profit in Peace

There is no profit in peace.  And that is why we are on the verge of going to war once again.

Tomorrow the House of Commons votes on whether we bomb some towns and villages where we are told there is a threat to our way of life.  Yet can we be sure it is not our own previous military intervention  and consistent supply of arms to all sides of Middle East conflicts that has provoked and perpetuated the violence?

Only this weekend our own government lawyers warned that the UK could be prosecuted for war crimes following the sale of arms involved in atrocities in Yemen.  Surely if we are so prepared to facilitate the destruction of innocents in one country we cannot complain when death comes shockingly to our neighbours.

I don’t understand the world out there.  I just know that killing people is only going to breed more hate.  The corporations and governments of the world are not stupid, they know this.  Yet the pull of riches and power are too much and so war must continue.

“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.”  There is no profit in peace.

Ocean Colour Scene, Profit in Peace

 

 

The plunder of the poor is in your houses

In my house I have many items of clothing that have been plundered from poor people.  I paid much less for them than they were actually worth which means I stole money from the workers that made them, somewhere across the other side of the world.

Lots of the food that I buy, I pay less for than the food is actually worth.  Which means I have stolen money from the farmers who grew the food, somewhere across the other side of the world.

Much of the petrol I fill my car up with, I get quite cheaply because my country has gone to war to get cheaper oil.  This means I buy into those wars, somewhere across the other side of the world.

“‘The plunder from the poor is in your houses.  What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?’ declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.”    Isaiah 3:14-15

Pardon you, President Bush

I heard on the news yesterday that that George Bush character who has been in the headlines quite a bit for the last few years is gonna be able to have one last stab at major injustice before he heads out the backdoor of the Whitehouse for a cushy retirement.

I couldn’t believe it when they explained he is allowed to pardon any criminal he likes!  They mentioned one possible recipient could be shamed drugs cheat Marion Jones (I think I’ll write a whole blog about that story!) and that he may also be able to give a pre-emptive pardon to those who could potentially be indicted in war crimes particularly regarding the torture that went on in Guantanamo Bay, including himself some experts believe!

Now that would be ridiculous.  George Bush is responsible for the torture of hundreds.  George Bush is responsible for an illegal war that has resulted in the deaths of thousands.  George Bush ignores international law by recognising Kosovo as a country.  George Bush takes away the lives and the humanity of thousands of Palestinians through his political and financial support of the illegal Israeli state.  George Bush abuses the name of Jesus by using Christianity as the banner for all of his crazy crusades and policies.

I do not believe that retribution would solve anything but I think the US seriously needs to look at their law that can allow evil men to do evil things and then fade away into obscurity conveniently forgetting the consequences of their greedy and immoral actions.

Wars are expensive

“…please be reminded that smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas and you will face a fine if you ignore this warning…in fact please be reminded that you will face a fine for nearly everything you do.  Wars are expensive and we rely on you to fund them. Thank you.”

These lyrics are from The Long Conveyor Belt by Misty’s Big Adventure*.  I don’t really mind paying taxes.  I understand them.  But I really don’t like the fact that billions of pounds of tax payers’ money goes on ‘defence’.  Yeah ‘defence’ lol!  I can’t say I’m a pacifist because my life has been too cushy for any such principle to be tested.  But I can say firmly we should not be in Afghanistan or Iraq and we certainly had no business in the Kosovo charade or in funding the Israeli forces.  Our spending on arms is symptomatic of the fact that this world is totally and utterly screwed up.

But we still hope.

* come and see Misty’s at Bar Academy in Brum on 23rd November!