Keith Vaz Celebrates His Contributions to War

Last month marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the launch of the murderous Gulf War. For those politicians who supported this bloodbath, this should have been a time for quiet reflection and regret, but not so for warmonger Keith Vaz (Labour MP for Leicester East) who, having supported the Gulf War, eagerly signed up to the following Parliamentary Motion:

“That this House marks the 25th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm/Granby to liberate Kuwait from occupation by Saddam Hussein’s forces; recognises that the effort was based on a coalition of 34 countries; salutes the nearly 50,000 Britons who served in the successful operation and the 47 Britons who made the ultimate sacrifice; and supports plans to build a memorial in Washington DC to an often overlooked military operation that will itself be a place where the contributions, sacrifice and loss by all coalition countries, including those of the UK, can be remembered in perpetuity.”

This motion was sponsored by Labour MP for Mary Glindon, who was elected in 2010 and who, unlike Vaz, opposed the bombing of Syria.

Nevertheless, it is a little sickening to say the least that Vaz feels he can put his name to “plans to build a memorial” to the 47 Britons (and many other of different nationalities) who needlessly gave their lives during the Gulf War.

Given Vaz’s happiness to mark the launch of the War, it would perhaps have been appropriate to pay respect to the often overlooked Iraqi’s who were slaughtered in the ensuing nightmare. As award winning journalist John Pilger reminds us, the Commission of Inquiry for an International War Crimes Tribunal, which was initiated by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and completed in 1992…

“…concluded that the nature of the American-led attacks violated the Geneva Convention of 1949, which expressly prohibits attacks on ‘objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas … crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works’, as well as ‘dams, dykes and electrical generating stations’, without which there will be ‘consequent severe losses among the civilian population’.” (John Pilger, Hidden Agendas, p.53)

Pilger writes:

“Shortly before Christmas 1991, the Medical Educational Trust in London published a comprehensive study of the casulties. Up to a quarter of a million men, women and children were killed or died as a direct result of the American-led attack on Iraq. This confirmed American and French intelligence estiimates of ‘in excesss of 200,000 civilian deaths’.” (p.53)

 The handshake of a warmongering Catholic hypocriteWhen Vaz met the Dalai Lama

 

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