Twelve years ago this month, two SAS officers, disguised as Arabs, were caught driving a booby-trapped car towards the centre of Basra. In attempting to evade arrest, one Iraqi police officer was killed and another was wounded. A remote control detonator was later found in the car.
Does this sound like we were in Iraq to "free the Iraqi people" (one of the stated aims of Operation Iraqi Freedom)? Similarly, the US invaded and occupied Afghanistan for the stated purpose of dismantling the terrorist networks that were supposedly orchestrating terrorist attacks in the West.
Under Operation Enduring Freedom (and beyond), the US has been bombing Afghanistan for 17 years.
In the first two months alone, over 10,000 bombs, or missiles, were dropped on, or fired into, Afghanistan. Does this sound like the US is thwarting terrorism, or committing terrorism?
Orwell couldn't have been more accurate. Logic and reality have been turned on their heads.
The solution is not to support this subterfuge. Journalists should refuse to print government propaganda. Civilians should refuse to join what are, in reality, terrorist state armies.
Politicians should serve the voters who elected them and not the corporations who suborn them. Teachers should explain the deception to their students. Parents should warn their children about it.
Hillsborough, Co Down