This Is How I Feel About My Government

The White Rose
Members of the White Rose, Munich 1942. From left: Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst. Courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A different country, a different time, the same evil:

It is certain that today every honest German is ashamed of his government. Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes … reach the light of day?

— From the first leaflet of the White Rose.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Secret dossiers, cluster bombs, the immense horror that we have committed in Iraq. I’m overloading with it all.

Unlike the brave Germans above, we still have the chance to raise our voices in public.

For now.

But the way Britain is going, how long will that freedom exist? How long before any dissenter is rounded-up and executed as a terrorist sympathiser?

If you don’t protect your freedom, it will be ripped from you. It happened before and it’s happening now.

Have you got the same courage the White Rose? Or will you be one of the Germans that turned the other way?

March 15 2008 Antiwar Demo

Secret Document Released: No “45 Minutes”

David Miliband, protector of war criminals

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has published an early draft of the UK’s infamous dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

The document, by Foreign Office press chief John Williams, was an unpublished draft of the September 2002 dossier.

The Foreign Office lost its appeal against a ruling the document be published under the Freedom of Information Act.

It had argued that publishing it could inhibit the “effective conduct of government”.

(Source: BBC News)

Two points here…

Number one, the most important – where is the “45 minutes from attack” that Blair bludgeoned us with? Who inserted it into the final draft? That was one of Blair’s major lies, a waypoint in his gruesome trail to involve the UK in the massacre in Iraq.

Number two, apparently our Foreign Secretary believes that government can’t be effective unless decisions of this importance are kept out of the hands of ordinary citizens like you and me. Even though we’ll be the ones sent to die while the politicians remain all cosy at home. And we’ll be the ones being blown up in the streets as a result or our government’s warmongering.

We’re fit to die but we’re not fit to see this early draft, hence Miliband only released it when forced to by the courts.

Now, I don’t know what system of government Miliband believes in but it’s not democracy.

NZ Cluster Bomb Summit

More than 120 countries are meeting in New Zealand to discuss an agreement limiting the use of cluster bombs. The talks – launched last year – aim to smooth progress towards the signing of a global treaty later this year.

But some major producers and buyers of cluster bombs – including the US, Israel, Russia and China – are absent.

Cluster bombs are controversial because they often fail to explode on contact with the ground, and may later end up killing or maiming civilians.

The UN has estimated that 40% of the victims of cluster bombs are children.
(Source: BBC News)

Funny how this article doesn’t mention that we used cluster bombs in our illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq:

“It’s appalling that, despite the well-documented problems with cluster weapons, the US and UK are dropping them on Iraq,” Andrew Purkis, chief executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund said in a statement.

“We urge people to join our campaign to put pressure on governments to take responsibility for the clear up of these indiscriminate weapons of war. Until then, cluster bombs must not be used.”

(Source: The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund)

But then, when we use cluster bombs to kill and maim kids, that’s good because we’re the good guys.

If China or Russia or North Korea or Iran or Al Qaeda use cluster bombs, that’s bad because they’re the bad guys.

See? Simple!