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The Guardian received this letter; will they eventually print it?

 If not, why not? Does it, as Jim wonders, risk defusing ‘war hysteria’?

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Jim McCluskey writes:

At last the American government has found the perfect formula for war without end. Invade and bomb Middle East states.

This creates jihadists which must be got rid of. So bomb the jihadist.

This creates more jihadists who must also be bombed and so on.

The military/industrial complex is in business in perpetuity.

Endless peace by waging endless war as forecast by Gore Vidal has now come to pass.

And the UK, obedient as ever, clicks into the backup position. Time perhaps for a referendum on endless war.#

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Following the vote today on bombing Iraq, a BBC reporter interviewed defence minister Philip Hammond, asking how much civilian ‘collateral damage’ he considered acceptable. He evaded the question – but many will answer “none!”

On TV MP Jeremy Corbyn spoke well. He signed a letter which the Guardian did decide to publish, saying what Jim thinks but less bluntly:

All the experience of the varied military action taken by the west in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya shows that such interventions kill innocents, destroy infrastructure and fragment societies, and in the process spread bitterness and violence.

While we all reject the politics and methods of Isis, we have to recognise that it is in part a product of the last disastrous intervention, which helped foster sectarianism and regional division.

It has also been funded and aided by some of the west’s allies, especially Saudi Arabia. More bombing, let alone boots on the ground, will only exacerbate the situation


Jim McCluskey works with several organisations with a view to achieving peaceful rather than violent solutions to conflict situations in foreign affairs

Jim McCluskey asks, “Is the British population the most passive on the planet?

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Following Mr 1%, Jim McCluskey makes these points  in his letter to the Guardian:

  • Already the world’s most spied upon population, we learn of yet more secret capabilities being developed by GCHQ (‘Revealed: spy agencies target phone apps’, 28.1.14).
  • We have just heard of even more billions of tax payers’ wealth lost to the government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland and not a whisper of any prosecutions from the Business Secretary.
  • Alleged war criminals walk shamelessly among us unaccosted except for the occasional attempt at a citizen’s arrest from a few brave individuals.
  • The Chilcot Enquiry is delayed for 4 years by a Cabinet Secretary and the American government!
  • Millions of pounds of taxpayers money is spent by the government assisting one of the world’s largest arms trades, thus helping to fuel the world’s wars.
  • Massive numbers of young people are unemployed, many of them saddled with huge debt for their education.

And in spite of the insane dangers involved, as illustrated by the ongoing mega-disaster at Fukushima (of which the UK public is told little) – in spite of the fact that the British people do not want them, the government plans to build ten new nuclear power stations in Britain.

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