Syria 2013 by David Rovics

Another timely ditty from David Rovics.

Syria, 2013 By David Rovics
There’s an uncivil war in Syria, one hundred thousand dead
Millions of refugees without a roof over their heads
Proxy armies flowing in to a country open wide
You got Al-Qaeda and America fighting side by side
You got Saudi monarchs and French socialists on one team
You got Russia and Iran backing the regime
You got the Arab League having another meaningless debate
Saying let’s just see what happens if we wait
But now the west says gloves are off, it’s all become too real
Now Cameron and Obama are dictating the deal
Now red lines have been crossed, now it’s time to act
Now it’s time to have a few million tons of impact
Now it’s time to do the thing that the west does best
Time to step in the hornet’s nest
We don’t know who did it, but there has been a war crime
So we’ll bomb an Arab country one more time
What we know is this: there was a chemical attack
Kinda like the ones that happened in Iraq
Like the white phosphorous we used on the people of Falluja
Or the chemicals we sold to Saddam for Halabja
But this time it’s a different story, this poison gas in Gouta
Our allies would never do this, those foreign fighters in Al-Qaeda
We don’t know who did it, but there has been a war crime
So we’ll bomb an Arab country one more time
We don’t know who did it, but we know who to blame
The Baathists are the party, Bashar Asad is the name
We don’t know who did it, we can figure that out later
Meanwhile we’ll turn Damascus into a smart bomb crater
We’ll fix them with Cruise missiles, like in Baghdad and Mosul
Where they now have peace, prosperity and democratic rule
We don’t know who did it, but there has been a war crime
So we’ll bomb an Arab country one more time

Authored by Chris Hall

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Plus ça change

Rummaging through the online version of Hansard looking at the questions asked by George Lansbury, like one does and I came across this little gem:

ROYAL AIR FORCE (BOMBING ATTACKS).
HC Deb 12 April 1923 vol 162 cc1300-1 1300

§ 60. Mr. LANSBURY

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many punitive expeditions have been undertaken by the Air Force during the year ending 28th March against tribesmen in India and Arabs and other nationals in Iraq and countries adjacent: how many casualties have been suffered by our airmen; how many persons of other nationalities have been killed or wounded; what damage has been inflicted on villages or towns; and will he state what bombs were used?

§ The SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Lieut.-Colonel Sir Samuel Hoare)

During the year ending 28th March last, bombing attacks were carried out in connection with the various military operations in Waziristan, but there were no independent punitive expeditions carried out by the Royal Air Force against tribes on the Indian frontier. In Iraq and Southern Kurdistan, where no military operations comparable with those, undertaken in Waziristan have been carried out, there have been nine punitive air expeditions. The casualties to personnel of the Royal Air Force in these operations were in India, 3 officers and 1 airman killed, 2 officers and 1 airman injured; in Iraq, 3 officers killed and 1 injured. It is not possible to give particulars of the casualties sustained by the tribes against whom the operations were directed or of the extent of the material damage inflicted; it seems certain, however, that the use of air action in place of ground operations has resulted in a 1301 decrease in the loss of life incurred. The bombs used have been 230 lbs., 112 lbs., 20 lbs. and incendiary bombs.

I would remind the hon. Member that upon the North-West frontier air operations form part of the general military operations against tribes with which the Government of India have been in a state of war, whereas in the case of Iraq punitive air expeditions are only undertaken at the request of the civil authorities in cases where ground expeditions would otherwise have been necessary.

§ Mr. LANSBURY

May I ask whether the people who are bombed are able to retaliate? [HON. MEMBERS “Oh!”] I will put the question in another way— whether the right hon. Gentleman and his colleagues do not think that the time has arrived to stop this Hunnish and barbarous method of warfare against unarmed people?

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Least we’ve stopped bombing India. Progress of sorts.

Iraq War Enquiry

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So Gordon Brown has decided to launch an enquiry into the circumstances of the Iraq invasion. All well and good and not before time but a quick look at the remit and I’m left asking the question, why bother?

Let’s look over it:

  • held in secret
  • no legal powers to demand documents or any other written records
  • no legal powers to compel anyone to attend
  • no requirement for evidence to be submitted under oath
  • ‘not set out to apportion blame or consider issues of civil or criminal liability’
  • headed by Sir John Chilcot
  • won’t report for at least a year

So the public, who have supplied the soldiers whose lives have been lost in Blair’s middle eastern jaunt won’t get the answers they deserve, there’s no guarantee of truthfulness or openness, it’s headed by someone who has already exonerated the government over the issues of ‘weapons of mass destruction’, and the politicos are hoping they’ll be long gone even if evidence of wrongdoing manages to sneak out under the radar.

Basically the establishment will decide what questions are to be asked and what answers are to be given. Which means that the end result has already been decided. So why not publish the result now and save a few bob? Because they hope that they’ll be able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes and it means that the legal profession will be eligible to pick up a few million for their efforts.

I personally am convinced that the reason for the Iraq war was to keep the oil routes open and controlled by the western powers, specifically the USA.

I look forward to the day when we can ship some suspects off to the International Criminal Court.