The Cowards Of The Right

Paul Lowe
Pte. Paul Lowe, murdered by Bush and Blair

Relatives of the three Black Watch soldiers killed in Iraq have lashed out at the government’s decision to send them into a more dangerous zone.

The younger brother of Private Paul Lowe, 19, a Black Watch soldier himself who only recently returned from Basra, said his “brother, comrade and friend” had died in a war over “oil and money” and demanded his regiment return home.

Private Scott McArdle’s uncle condemned Tony Blair and George Bush for sending the troops into a “death trap”.
(Source: The Guardian)

I saw Craig Lowe speaking about his brother’s death on TV. He was fighting back tears, outraged that he’d never see his brother again. And for what? This is a pretty exact quote:

We think Bush is an an arsehole for starting a war over nothing, trying to get money and oil. That’s what Paul thought.
I think they should just get the boys out of there now. If not we’re going to lose a lot more than this.
(Source: The Mirror)

If you look at any of the comments on news articles or have a stronger stomach and can face Neocon websites, you’ll find them full of blustering blowhards. Everywhere you’ll see people, mostly men, calling anyone who’s demanding the withdrawal of Western troops from Iraq ‘disloyal’ and accusing them of not supporting the troops. Whether these right-wing nutters are British or American, the tenor is the same: forward into Fallujah! Anyone against war is a terrorist sympathiser! Antiwar protesters are cowards!

These people are entirely correct: I am a coward.

I avoid fistfights, I try to avoid disagreements with my friends and neighbours. I believe the most desirable way to sort out a difference is by talking, not brawling. Yes, if someone threatened me or my family, broke into my house, I would defend myself and, if necessary, kill them. I’m not a pacifist: I’d take someone else’s life if they threatened mine.

But I would never ask someone else to die for me.

Look at all the armchair generals laying out their strategy for the slaughter of Fallujah. They’re typing away from the comfort of their homes, while the US and UK troops are actually out there, getting killed every single day. And killing more Iraqi civilians. I want the bloodbath to stop. Yes, I don’t want any more Iraqi lives to be lost but I also don’t want one more US or UK soldier to be killed either.

That’s how I support the British troops in Iraq: I want them to live. I want them to come home to their families, alive and in one piece. Anyone who claims to support them by insisting they stay in the bloody deathtrap of Iraq has a unique definition of “support.” How can you support someone by sending them to their death? “You’ve got my support, mate, now get out there and die for Bush! We’re proud of you!”

The British troops in Iraq are not their fighting to protect Britain, they’re not destroying WMDs aimed at us as Blair claimed, they’re not even there to protect democracy. As Paul Lowe understood, they’re fighting Bush’s war for oil. And it’s obvious that the other families of Black Watch soldiers understand this too:

Nan Boyd, mother

I have spoken with my son a short time ago and they are very close friends of his. He is absolutely gutted tonight. If MPs had sons out there fighting they would soon bring them home. They just don’t care any more. God Bless every one of the lads out there and may God bring the rest of them home safe.
(Source: The Independent)

So, the next time you’re talking to some right-wing moron and they start the bullshit about “I support our troops” ask them this: if they support “our lads” so much, what are they doing over here?

If they believe in Bush’s War so much, why don’t they swap places with an American or British soldier, so that solider can go home? Why aren’t they out there fighting instead of just flapping their mouths? Tell them to go and enlist or shut the fuck up.

Or do they prefer, like Bush and Blair, to let other people’s children fight and die for their political beliefs?