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The war drums are beating for North Korea, as Donald Trump put it in a Tweet (of all things), “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

Following WWII, 12 of 24 high ranking Germans were hung for:

Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against peace
Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace
War crimes
Crimes against humanity

A war of aggression is a war conducted without the justification of self defence. As the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg following WWII put it, “War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Since WWII this standard has all but been forgotten and it has become almost facile to even mention it. The American government has become the primary global aggressor. According to Global Research – The Centre for Research on Globalization, the “US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II”.

No amount of propaganda or jingoistic patriotism can hide the reality of the illegal aggressive nature of modern warfare if we allow ourselves the time to think, even for a moment, something that the propaganda is specifically aimed to discourage and suppress.

George Bush sold the invasion of Iraq in 2003 on bringing democracy to the Middle East, fourteen years later and with no democracy in sight, the war continues and the people are still dying.

It might be good to pause and wonder why no one is taking on Saudi Arabia, one of the most undemocratic and authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, recently visited by Theresa May for a cosy ‘trade’ mission. Couldn’t they use a bit of democracy, western style?

As I write, Trump is very proud to have dropped ‘the mother of all bombs’ (MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast) (‘What it does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire’ – Bill Roggio of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies) on Afghanistan. I am sure the hearts of mothers across the world will share his pride in his new found toys, or perhaps his own mother might wish she’d never spawned him.

As a US naval strike group heads for the Korean Peninsula, officials in North Korea, Pyongyang, have warned that the “current grim situation” justified its “self-defensive and pre-emptive strike capabilities with the nuclear force at the core.”

As ever, whatever the US beef with North Korea, it is a beef with the top, headed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. It is extremely unlikely we’ll see another Saddam takedown. It is the down trodden people of North Korea, their homes, towns and cities, and their lives, that will be ripped apart and turned to rubble and radioactive dead meat.

Trump is heading the world towards its first nuclear war and, once again, the many will pay the price for the grasping, greedy, power hungry few, who sit safe in their halls and bunkers of power.

Remember Nuremberg, lest we truly do forget. “War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Criminals in power are still just criminals, and it is we, the people, who always, always, pay for their crimes and the penalty for their crimes.

KOG. 13 April 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_trials

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_aggression

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-has-killed-more-than-20-million-people-in-37-victim-nations-since-world-war-ii/5492051

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/02/22/us-military-official-us-troops-iraq-absolutely-combat/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_in_the_Middle_East

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/03/theresa-may-hopes-example-female-potential-saudi-arabia

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/donald-trump-moab-us-bomb-afghanistan-mother-of-all-response-statement-a7683221.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/moab-gbu-43b-mother-of-all-bombs-price-weight-blast-radius-afghanistan-isis-a7683101.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/us-aircraft-carrier-carl-vinson-north-korea-strike-capabilities/

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15_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,465

Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In the years since WWII, there is one beacon that I can see standing out in which I cannot just see but experience the greater personal and public good, something that exists for everyone in this country in an everyday real and tangible way.

It’s something that you Tories can’t hold a match to and you modern day city puppets are mere juveniles overshadowed by giants that you despise.

In all the long history of these islands I do not think anything greater has ever been achieved for the common good than the post war consensus. In essence it lasted 34 years, from 1945 until 1979 (with the election of Margaret Thatcher), but you Tories were always its enemy, just as you have always been the enemy of ordinary people.

The founding of the welfare state, the NHS and a massive programme of house building at a time when we were essentially broke, should have been celebrated annually, perhaps as a public holiday, lest we forgot that phenomenal achievement and found it written out of history as you are seeking to do today as you oversee its destruction.

As this accursed referendum, which sickens me more each day, lumbers on, ordinary people, according to their lights, want something good out of it. Even the most rabid, xenophobic, racist, bigots want, in essence, something good for them. Yet I do not think anything more divisive has occurred in living memory, overseen and manipulated by those who care nothing for the common good, you Tories.

Rupert Murdoch and his shit rag Sun has announced his will, a billionaire media whore who lives in America and yet enjoys the ear of the UK government, wants Britain out of the EU. I am sure he does, but for reasons that will best serve himself, caring nothing for his readers other than the power he wields over them. Nothing says, in or out, more than vested interests, money, corporations, power, greed, the aristocracy of wealth in which ordinary people are but bit players expected to vote for some crumbs of meaningful worth and value. We are a nation divided and for what? So that we can watch the spectacle of fools parade themselves selling opiates to the masses? People begging for the one that offers the greatest pain relief and hating their neighbour just in case they get the better one or force everyone to have the worst one.

I was thinking today that the thing that would influence me the most would be knowing how many more people must die before Britain, in or out, finds sanity again and is rid of the most evil government in our history. The most attractive vote I can think of is whatever meant I would never have to hear or read the words Tory or Conservative again, because nothing good is ever going to come from a Tory unless it’s as history. If we vote remain for the protections that Europe offers the lives of ordinary people, let us never forget that does not compare with the phenomenal positive good of our post war achievements that, in or out of Europe, you are stealing from us.

http://www.britpolitics.co.uk/british-politics-post-war-consensus

10_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,429

Tuesday 10 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

How dare you evoke the spectre of a European wide conflict if the electorate vote Brexit in the up coming referendum. WWIII isn’t some ideological football to be kicked about to suit your political agenda.

Let me be very clear about this, over 60 million people died in WWII, some 3% of the then world population. Of course such numbers are approximations in the appalling catastrophe of war, a catastrophe caused by politicians. Ordinary people do not declare or make war, that is the exclusive province of politicians, but ordinary people are expected to fight them and pay the ultimate price for the failure of those in power to prevent the insanity of war.

Let’s not forget either that WWI was described as ‘The War to End all Wars’ and ‘The Great War’, fatuous and obscene misnomers as ever there were.

Your raising such a spectre is an insult to every woman, man and child whose lives were so extravagantly spent in the six long years of WWII, but that is nothing like the whole story, the 20th century was a century of almost continuous war, at an estimated cost of 187 million lives. And what has changed, Mr Cameron? You trumpet out war like plucking a game of Monopoly off the shelf. It’s obscene!

Post WWII was a time of hope and optimism, it saw the founding of our great NHS and the welfare state and a nationwide social housing programme, everything that you are now working to unravel and privatise. Today, many of those who served in the armed forces come back to a life of insecurity and lack of support. In 2013 there were reportedly 9,000 homeless ex-service personnel. Ask not what you’ve done for your country, ask what your country is doing for you, eh?

You are an abject failure, trumpeting out meaningless nonsense to suit your political ends. It is your government that wants to do away with our Human Rights which Britain was so instrumental in formulating after WWII. The question isn’t about yet more conflict, the question is when will we have peace? Because politicians seem to be entirely incapable of such a thing and, indeed, revel in tub thumping, flag waving, patriotic clap trap as if war is some heroic achievement. It is not.

Perhaps war will never end until we, the people, tell politicians to go and fight their own bloody wars and leave the rest of us to get on with living. Or is that too extremist for your delicate oafish sensibilities?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brexit-could-trigger-world-war-7928607

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2002/feb/23/artsandhumanities.highereducation

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/9000-ex-service-personnel-homeless-after-2071049

https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/what-are-human-rights/history-human-rights

04_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,422

Wednesday 04 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Congratulations on being the party of hate, prejudice and fear, one of the most loathsome, putrid, stains on Britain in our long divisive history.

From the Irish potato famine genocide, to the massacre of 379 unarmed and peaceful demonstrators in Amritsar, India, in 1919, to the destruction of thousands of documents of the colonial crimes of the British empire, Britain has a long dark history of what can best be described as the brutal oppression by its aristocratic elites of the lives of ordinary people. It’s not a history that is taught in schools, certainly not in my day, and it’s never mentioned by those who expect us to break out the bunting and wave flags to celebrate Britain’s greatness in slavish devotion to the majesty of power.

Nothing has changed, the patronising, authoritarian, arrogance of your government is an indictment against you, treating ordinary people like serfs, telling us to be hard working when you have no idea what hard work is, telling disabled people they have to earn their keep or starve, robbing women of their pensions, casting aside care services for those who have spent their lives working for this country, rebuilding it after WWII. The blind self serving arrogance of it takes my breath away.

Who does Zac Goldsmith think he is? He’s just some rich popinjay with barely enough sense to tie his own shoelaces. His bigoted racism towards Sadiq Khan has all the arrogance of a court fop, I am surprised he doesn’t hold a scented kerchief to his nose when he’s amongst the hoi polloi. I suppose he’ll attract some votes from those too blind to see, more fool them.

The Independent reports that ‘more sick days are lost to depression and anxiety than any other illness at the Department of Work and Pensions, more than 112,000 days off sick because of mental health problems in the year to 31 January 2016’. It’s hardly surprising in a regime designed to brutalise and punish the poor, although, of course, the DWP has come out with its usual fatuous denial saying, “Mental health problems are complex, and to try to link them to one thing – such as welfare reform – is misleading and irresponsible.” A department that thinks the poor can be incentivised by depriving them of the means of survival is, I am sure, convinced that those forced to impose such sanctions have a cushy number.

Since the crash the rich have more than doubled their wealth ably assisted by your government, the notion of the trickle down effect, that the poor will get to enjoy some crumbs falling from the tables of the rich, is revealed for all its sick, arrogant, nonsense. Blaming the poor, mistreating the poor, exploiting the poor and hounding them to death is traditional, it’s what made Britain supposedly great, great for the few at the expense of the many. It was ever thus, but never so utterly loathsome as you hate filled Tories today.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/proving-the-irish-famine-was-genocide-by-the-british-tim-pat-coogan-moves-famine-history-unto-a-new-plane-181984471-238161151.html

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-amritsar-massacre

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/apr/18/britain-destroyed-records-colonial-crimes

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-peer-slams-zac-goldsmith-7874033

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cruel-government-policies-blamed-for-depression-and-stress-levels-at-department-for-work-and-a7010451.html

08_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,224

Thursday 08 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

War is the sole province of governments. The people don’t make war, ever, we don’t have the resources, the ability or the power. The ability to commit mass murder on a global scale is exclusive to governments. In Britain we do not have the right to bear arms as in America, we are an unarmed nation, unless we sign up to the state controlled military and serve under oath.

“I (name), swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, her heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity against all enemies and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, her heirs and successors and of the generals and officers set over me.”

In the UK the armed forces swear to protect the Queen, not the nation, not the government, not the people. The Queen (and her heirs and successors). Who, though, protects us from war? It certainly isn’t government and it is definitely not the Queen. It’s crusty peaceniks like me (who protest), and like Jeremy Corbyn, Howard Zinn and a million UK marchers protesting in vain against the Iraq war, sneered at, derided and ignored.

Jeremy Corbyn has been reviled and mocked and accused by you and your party of being a threat to national security and (my) family for saying that he would not give the ok to precipitate, or participate in, a nuclear holocaust, which you blithely assure us you would.

During WWII the dreadful decision was made to blanket bomb civilian cities and areas on both sides as a way of conducting war to weaken and demoralise our nations. The killing of civilians has become routine in the wars that have continued without break across the globe ever since. In Iraq the civilian body count is between 143,875 – 165,766 and we are inundated with images of civilians wounded, dead or fleeing areas of conflict. Civilian deaths are conveniently rendered irrelevant by dismissing them as ‘collateral damage’. In 2005 Donald Rumsfeld even joked, ‘death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war’. Sadly, only in our eyes, not in the eyes of those who prosecute them, smoke cigars, drink champagne, smile and banquet and never put a foot in harms way as ordinary people do, and die. I suppose for Rumsfeld, wars are a great big jamboree, a national spending spree like no other for private banks and corporations to make vast profits.

One of your more famous expressions regarding the permanent austerity you have imposed upon us is that ‘we are all in it together’. Well , yes, in your war against the poor, I suppose we are, those who profit from it and pay no price, reaping only the rewards, and those who must pay the price, including the ultimate sacrifice. And we who protest, who raise our voices and act to challenge the heinous crimes being perpetrated against us in this economic war, are dismissed by the profiteering establishment. As Boris Johnson so aptly sneered, we’re ‘hard-left agitators – preposterously supported by Jeremy Corbyn – who believe in these tactics and who want to divide this society’. The pot calling the kettle black, in the most unequal, divided, nation in Europe. As Howard Zinn so aptly put it, ‘our problem isn’t civil disobedience, our problem is civil obedience’ to the whores of war.

http://www.whodareswins.com/british-army-oath-of-allegiance.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-claims-jeremy-corbyn-is-a-threat-to-national-security-10498651.html

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/crusty-the-clown#.joj6lXonvO

https://www.iraqbodycount.org/

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/01/world/iraq-sanctions-kill-children-un-reports.html

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/jul/04/afghanistan-body-count-civilian-deaths

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/jul/22/usa.politics

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/crusty-the-clown#.joj6lXonvO

https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/scale-economic-inequality-uk

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36950.htm

20_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,123

Saturday 20 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I read your Tweet today, “ISIL is one of the biggest threats our world has faced. We need to confront extremism in all its forms, violent and non-violent.”

I am sure many people will be wrapping up their embarrassing gongs and paraphernalia from those two mini fracas in 1914/18 and 1939/45 and putting them in a drawer somewhere so as not to be shamed for what they and their brothers in arms thought were pretty serious global conflicts and not much of either of them non-violent.

Of course they won’t, no matter your fatuous assertions.

Have you no shame at all? You dishonour those who made the ultimate sacrifice and also those who came back from WWII to work and build our great NHS and social housing that you are so busily dismantling.

What can you or I know of the enormity of their sacrifice? At 64 I may have been born into poverty for which, despite your best efforts, I feel no shame, nor ever will, nor countenance shame for all those you currently vilify and despise, but I was born into peace. I wonder what would have happened to the life of privilege you so take for granted if our streets had resounded to the brutal march of Jackboots. Perhaps you might have found yourself protected by familial advantage and position, but millions would not have.

The deceit and conceit of politics today is an insult to the past. The greed and relentless lies and propaganda, the deliberate erosion of our hard own liberties and freedoms from within. The dismantling of all that really made Britain great, our revolutionary social care and health system, is a national betrayal that beggars belief from a government that laughs and jeers at the poor.

My Aunt used to visit junior schools to talk about her wartime experiences and to show the children such things as a gas mask and ration book. On her last school talk before she died one lad asked her, ‘Did we win Miss?’ In 2015, that’s a very good question I’d say Mr Cameron.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-banks-debate-video-iain-2941100

01_january_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 961

Thursday 01 January 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It’s January 1st 2015, 70 years since the end of WWII. One of the things that occurred after the war was a certain amount of bedroom activity/celebration leading to a baby boom, hardly surprising or even unexpected after such a harrowing event which cost so many lives.

Thanks to the most enlightened government this country has ever seen, three years after the war saw the founding of the NHS. I am unsure of all the motivating factors behind this visionary move, but I’d like to think that it was in part in gratitude to the sacrifices made by the ordinary people of this country who prevented the might of Hitlers Germany from invading these shores.

My mother was a stiff upper lipped, post Victorian woman, a royalist and a deferential voter who voted Tory all her life. Then, as now, such people had little to thank the Tories for, but her dedication to Queen, country, tradition and the nobility was unshakable. I confess I never understood my mother and she never understood me.

The Tories hated and fought against the NHS leading Aneurin Bevan to declare in bitterness and anger, “No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.” Well said that man!

In February 2014 the following was reported by the mirror, “The NHS faces a dramatic funding shortfall due to the ageing population, experts warned today. Spending per patient will have fallen by 9% within four years even if health service cash continues to be protected, said the Institute for Fiscal Studies. That is because two million more over-65s – a 20% rise – will place far more demands on the service.” A now familiar refrain, including from Jeremy Hunt, who had this to say in 2012, “I want to talk today about a great challenge facing our society. A challenge even more serious than the economic crisis, or the debt crisis facing young people.  Potentially even as serious as global warming. I am talking, of course, about our ageing population.”

So called experts and politicians alike failed to consider that the steady marching of the years would lead to the inevitable rise in the aging population we see today. I was one of those post war babies and, call it intuition if you like, even I knew I was going to get old. I did fail to see the economic crisis coming, I’ve had little trust in bankers but I failed to realise that they were as crooked as they turned out to be, but Hunt states that my getting old is a far greater crisis. I put it to you that the man is either an imbecile or a mendacious, lying, privateer who will say anything to hide the fact that he is selling off our NHS by running the publicly owned side into the ground. Why else has George Osborne withheld £30 billion National Insurance money from the NHS in this so called crisis?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-crisis-ageing-population-mean-3115920

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/14-november-2012-jeremy-hunt-age-uk

http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/71-coalition-mps-who-voted-for-nhs-sell-off-linked-to-health-firms/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-osborne-should-use-30bn-4762414