One of the More Nauseating Images

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House
of Commons Speech – Tuesday 21st January 2003

One
of the more nauseating images of the year 2002 is that of our Prime
Minister kneeling in the church on Christmas Day praying for peace
on earth and good will towards all men while simultaneously preparing
to assist in the murder of thousands of totally innocent people
in Iraq.

I’ve
been taken to task recently by the American Ambassador to Britain
for calling the US Administration a blood thirsty wild animal. All
I can say is: take a look at Donald Rumsfeld’s face and the case
is made.

I
believe that not only is this contemplated act criminal, malevolent
and barbaric, it also contains within itself a palpable joy in destruction.
Power, as has often been remarked, is the great aphrodisiac, and
so, it would seem, is the death of others.

The
Americans have the ostensible support of the "international community"
through various sure-fire modes of intimidation; bullying, bribery,
blackmail and bullshit. The "international community" becomes a
degraded entity bludgeoned into the service of a brutal military
force out of control. The most despicable position is that of course
of this country which pretends to stand shoulder to shoulder with
its great ally while in fact being more of a whipped dog than anyone
else. We are demeaned, undermined and dishonoured by our government’s
contemptible subservience to the United States.

The
planned war can only bring about the collapse of what remains of
the Iraqi infrastructure, widespread death, mutilation and disease,
an estimated one million refugees and escalation of violence throughout
the world, but it will still masquerade as a "moral crusade," a
"just war," a war waged by "freedom loving democracies," to bring
"democracy" to Iraq.

The
stink of the hypocrisy is suffocating.

This
is in reality a simple tale of invasion of sovereign territory,
military occupation and control of oil.

We
have a clear obligation, which is to resist.

October
14, 2005

Harold
Pinter, playwright and poet, is the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature.

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