Here are some of those victims, these from Iraq. But all I have is a few photos, abstract numbers, and the evil, self-serving excuses of the powerful. There are no memorials, no vigils to attend.
Over 100,000 Iraqi civilians died in the second Gulf war, a war that, in different guise, continues to this day. Then-president of the US George Bush insisted—falsely—that the bloody dictator Saddam Hussein, formerly a US ally, was implicated in 9/11. That he had “weapons of mass destruction.”
Mass destruction followed.
Up to 500,000 Iraqi kids died due to UN-imposed sanctions from 1990-2000. “We think the price is worth it,” averred former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. No doubt Islamists said the same thing about 9/11.
I didn’t know a single one of those children. And no one is reading out their names as names are read out today, September 11, 2011.
But this is as good a day as any to commemorate them, and so many other innocent victims, as well.
Stop The War Coalition
Newsletter – 19 July 2016
The Iraq War Families Campaign Group, which represents the families of the 179 servicemen and women killed in the conflict, is seeking to hold to account those responsible for the war and the deaths of their family members.
Their intention is to deter state officials from ever again abusing their positions with such tragic and far-reaching consequences. They have estimated that they will require £50,000 to commence legal action against Tony Blair.
Here is the crowdfunding link to support this important initiative.
Background to the campaign
Led by Roger Bacon and Reg Keys, who sons were killed in the War, the Iraq-War Families Campaign Group (IFCG) has campaigned tirelessly to find answers to what went wrong – both politically and operationally – and who was responsible.
The publication on July 6th of the Iraq Inquiry report was a key moment in their search for the truth – as Sir John Chilcot confirmed that there had been catalogue of mistakes and wrongdoing. However, the Inquiry was not a court of law. Justice is still to be done.
Reg Keys, whose son died in Iraq, said: “The public support the Families have received over the years has been unstinting. With the Report’s publication, we now have the evidence that may mean individuals could now face trial. We hope and trust the British people will take this unique opportunity to help us determine what legal actions can be taken and support the campaign to get justice for our loved ones and our country.”
There are also plans of a cross-party group of MPs putting a resolution to Parliament holding Tony Blair in contempt of Parliament for his conduct in the run-up to the Iraq War.