Friends Don't Let Friends Commit War Crimes
an ambassador for peace," a Spanish journalist told me as we finished
one of the dozens of interviews I gave in Europe. I did this interview
right before I went to urge the Spanish Deputy Minister for Foreign
Affairs to oppose the war more strenuously.
I did feel like an ambassador for peace as I traveled around Europe
for 16 days in December.
The Mayor of
London held a reception in honor of our peace efforts at the new
and very modern City Hall, near the impressive and intimidating
Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Mayor Ken Livingstone has
always been an outspoken critic of the Iraq war and the war crimes
of Tweedledum and Tweedledee…Bush and Blair…the corrupt, yet sadly
comical, mis-leaders of two of the most powerful countries on the
planet. I believe Bush and Blair are too far gone for redemption.
They both need to be removed from their power and tried for their
war crimes and betrayals. Until they are removed, the murder and
the mayhem will continue.
I met with that country's equivalent of Condi Rice, the dignified
Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern. As a matter of fact, he had just
met with the "steely" Condi the week before. Incredibly, he accepted
assurances from her that the CIA airplanes (up to 60 documented
by peace activists) that are landing in Shannon airport are not
transporting prisoners for extraordinary rendition (i.e., torture).
That's like accepting a pirate’s assurance that he's not going to
steal your boat as he's boarding it with a drawn sword! I tried
to impress on Mr. Ahern that the leaders of my government are known
pathological liars, and can’t be believed on this or anything. The
torture planes are landing on Irish soil, so Ireland should inspect
them for human rights violations. If Condi and her "husband" George
aren't doing anything wrong, they have nothing to be concerned with.
a stack of petitions to Mr. Ahern of 10,000 signatures from pro-peace,
anti-killing citizens of Ireland demanding that their government
stop allowing my government to land torture planes and troop transport
planes at Shannon airport. My own son, Casey, went through Shannon.
I urged Mr. Ahern to please make the US refuel their planes elsewhere.
The occupation of Iraq is illegal by most standards and immoral
by all standards. Being accomplices to war crimes makes one
culpable for these war crimes. I can say he listened and I believe
he genuinely wants to do what's right for Ireland. The people of
Ireland need to keep the pressure on their government to act rationally
and responsibly in this matter.
the birthplace of impeachment and also the birthplace of both of
my great-grandmas. I met with many Scottish MPs who are very anti-war
and anti-Bush and anti-Blair. They are doing all they can to end
the Scottish involvement in the war. The First Minister wouldn't
meet with me. But my friend, Rose Gentle, has been trying to meet
with him since her son, Gordon, was tragically killed in Iraq. When
leaders of countries are co-conspirators in lies and corruption
and don't even have the courage or integrity to meet with the people
whose lives their unpunished felonies have damaged beyond full repair,
that is a scandal.
government is relatively new and they did bring their troops home
from Iraq after the old government was kicked out in 2004 because
the people of Spain had it with the lies and corruption of their
theme when I met with Spanish government officials, including the
Vice President of Spain, Manuel Marin, and the deputy foreign minister
and heads of some of their parties, was "shared values." We the
peoples of both countries need to find common ground on which to
stand. We urged the Spanish government to loudly denounce what the
US is doing because the US government has no positive, life-affirming
values. The US government has negative, life-ruining values such
as the use of WMDs and torture as means to satisfy its ends of greed
for power and mammon.
officials, like the other government officials we met, told me and
the other Gold Star Families for Peace members and local peace activists
who attended the meetings, that their countries are "great friends
and allies of the USA."
We want friends
and allies of the American people, but not of the current regime.
The government is not identical with the people, despite what the
right-wing hate-mongers say. Indeed, that is fascist notion. Not
only do we not need to love our government's policies. When they
are evil, we have a patriotic obligation to oppose them with all
our strength. When the Bush administration uses white phosphorous
on innocent men, women, children, and babies, when it uses illegal
imprisonment and immoral torture on fellow members of the human
race, when it invades and occupies another country that is no threat
to the USA, we must say No. BushCo is an out-of-control entity which
needs to be reined in by us! The longer the horror of Iraq continues,
the more war crimes are committed and the more innocent lives ruined!
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During my visit
to Europe, I was invited to other countries as a peace emissary.
People in Italy and Australia are particularly anxious to have me
visit, because their governments are accomplices to BushCo in Iraq.
I will be speaking to the European Union Parliament twice in 2006
to urge them to pressure our administration to stop its killing
policies in Iraq and try something new: diplomacy and peace. Heads
up, Condi: peace is NOT spread by killing and war.
visits to the various governmental officials in Europe did not have
an immediate effect, perhaps seeds were planted. The international
peace community is energized and refocused. However, by just meeting
with me, the officials of each country are showing a minor tear
in the fabric of support with the illegitimate residents of the
"Casa Blanca." Each little sign gives hope.
As Dermot Ahern
told me: It's going to get back to Washington that I met with you.
They won't be happy. But I don't care. It was the right thing to
Sheehan [send her mail]
is the mother of Spc.
Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04 She is co-founder of Gold
Star Families for Peace. She is the author of Not
One More Mother's Child and Dear
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