A voice in the wilderness?

October 9, 2009

Brian HawFor peace protester Brian Haw, the remembrance service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday to honour 179 British soldiers killed in the six-year Iraq mission tells only part of a bigger story about the act of war itself.

“It’s bloody awful, isn’t it? If you are one of their relatives, if you are one of their loved ones, it’s terrible,” he said. “We didn’t count the civilian dead — the people of Iraq. Why don’t those people matter? Our soldiers are still dying in Afghanistan.”

Haw has been protesting in Parliament Square since June 2, 2001, when he set up a camp to boycott United Nations-imposed economic sanctions against Iraq initially intended to pressure the country to withdraw from Kuwait.

Haw’s protest morphed into a more generic one against the War on Terror after Sept. 11, 2001. He won several legal victories that allowed him to stay camped out across from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

“We have no right to go into other people’s countries with illegal wars of aggression, it’s criminal,” Haw said.

He spoke with Reuters from the peace camp.

Do you share his views on the Iraq war?

Related Blog: Past and Present: a correspondent in Iraq

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Yes this man (Brian Haw) should be given the up most respect & Tony cheesey Blair, should hang his head in shame.

Posted by simon Atkinson | Report as abusive

“We have no right to go into other people’s countries with illegal wars of aggression, it’s criminal”.

Yes, I share that view.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

American & Britain Lied as to the reason’s for invading Iraq. Soon after the Invasion-
For 9 Months the American’s used 300 Specialist’s
to search Iraq, in the hope of finding evidence of Weapons of Mass Destructions & Chemical Warfare.
At the end of the 9 Month search- The head of this mission Declared ” We have found nothing and there probably was Nothin To Find”.

Posted by R.H .Rounce | Report as abusive

If the decision turns out to be right or wrong history will be the final judge.
To try and score cheap points by attacking an opponent with the benefit of hindsight is moronic and pointless and for all their faults and all too many human failings I do not believe that Mr Tony Blair or for that matter Mr George Bush both practising christians and at the time leaders of democratic free nations, would or could be so callous as to put in harms way the sons and daughters of their fellow citizens and accept the inevitable killing and maiming of many innocent victims in another region of the world without being utterly convinced that what they were sanctioning was both morally sound and the correct course of action to undertake at that particular moment in time.
To suggest that this war was started for any other reasons than those already given by the participants concerned is reprehensible, downright evil and insults the bravery and commitment of those who have fallen and the many thousands who continue to serve in the theater.

Posted by whowasnevillechamberlain | Report as abusive

Some say it’s to fight off Moslem terrorism
Some say it’s to secure oil supplies

In any event it’s hands-on live training for US, UK and other troops

The western taxpayer pays with money
The local population pays with lives and property

Nothing changes

In my view, Brian is the visible presence of widespread opposition to the aggression on Iraq and a constant reminder to both the Blairs (PM and Met Commissioner) that this government is out of touch with the people it wants to govern.

“..the aggression on Iraq” – I seem to recall that it was the Iraqi aggression on Kuwait by invading that country on August 2, 1990, that led to the larger conflict.
The mass genocide perpetrated by Saddam Hussein on the Northern Kurds and his invasion of Iran on 22 September 1980 leading to the war which lasted until 1998
notwithstanding, I cannot recall any military invasions or aggressions on Iraq by either the USA or UK up until this particular incident.
Unfortunately you cannot rewrite history to fit your argument or point of view, and life is such, that countries as well as individuals sometimes make the wrong choices.

Posted by whodidwhatandwhy | Report as abusive