Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya: Worthy Victims and Unworthy Victims

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John Pilger
October 11, 2011
07:10

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Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya: Worthy Victims and Unworthy Victims
by grtv

Trafalgar Square, London, 8 October 2011

At the very moment we are here, the United States, Britain, and France are bombing a city in Libya called Sirte. There are 100,000 people. Day and night, residential buildings, clinics, schools have been hit with fragmentation bombs and Hellfire missiles. . . .

The media refer to Sirte as a true Gaddafi stronghold. The Channel 4 reporter in Libya describes the attacks as "cutting off the head of the snake." For such heroic journalists, there are two types of humanity in war: there are worthy victims and unworthy victims. The people of Sirte are unworthy victims, and therefore they are expendable both as people and as news. In Iraq the people of Fallujah were also unworthy victims. American Marines, helped by the British, killed some 5,000 people there. . . .

As Harold Pinter would say . . . none of it happened. It didn't happen even as it was happening. It didn't matter. . . . We've had ten years of such crimes that didn't happen, that didn't matter. . . . The war on Afghanistan was a fraud right from the beginning, just as the attack on Iraq was a fraud and the invasion of Libya is a fraud.

John Pilger is a journalist and filmmaker. The text above is an edited partial transcript of his talk at the London anti-war protest on the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the war and occupation of Afghanistan.

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2011 / 10 / 11
Jim says:

God Bless you John Pilger, good work.

2011 / 10 / 11
Sultana Afroz says:

When will the culprits be brought to justice? The perpetrators of the massacre in Fallujah and in Afghanistan have not been brought to justice until now. The enemies of humanity are getting bolder and bolder.

2011 / 10 / 12
Ambricourt says:

Standing where Bertrand Russell advocated nuclear disarmament, John Pilger eloquently reminds us that American leadership is committed to permanent war. The intelligence and resources of generations will be squandered on this fruitless process unless the current chain of command can be broken. Fifty years after Russell's exhortations, civil disobedience still struggles against Goliath. Reason demands our continuing dedication.

2011 / 10 / 15
peacefulwarrior says:

I believe,
If we had more men like Michel Chossudovsky and
John Pilger with their level of CONSCIOUSNESS, this
this world would be a better place to live in.

Thank you Gentlemen !

2011 / 10 / 15
Ambricourt says:

President Obama is extending war in Africa. Since John Pilger spoke, the black American president has ordered a small contingent of special ground troops to Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The official purpose is to advise on the destruction of the Lord's Liberation Army led by Joseph Kony. Is a new large-scale war looming?

2011 / 10 / 16
ANJUM says:

USA IS A BONE OF CONTENTION IN THE WORLD AND RESPONSIBLE ALL THE MAJOR ROBLEMS REGARDING PEACE AND STABILITY OF THE WORLD. USA HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY TO USE BAND AND PROBIBITED WEAPONS AGAINST INNOCENT CIVILIAN POPULATION. IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN AND NOW IN LIBYA AMERICAN USISNG WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION WHCH ARE PROBIBITED UNDER GENEVA CONVENTION. FOR THIS ACT OF UNHUMAN USA WILL BE PAID PRICE IN THE SHAPE OF THE FATE OF FORMER SOVIET UNION. SOON AMERICA WILL BE A PART OF HISTORY ONLY.

2011 / 10 / 16
peacefulwarrior says:

@ ANJUM

I agree with everything you say...
But let's not forget that the former Soviet Union was brought
down by the same DEMON you speak of, disguised under a phony democracy we all love to cling to.When they talk about the land of opportunity they must have forgot to tell us about the fine print: the real cost of prosperity and our well/being,freedom
Their bloody game is pretty much the same(divide and conquer) but the tools (methods) they use on us are much more advanced compared to the good old days.

2011 / 10 / 23
Mike Corbeil says:

Excellent speech.

Elect him as PM of Au., or, and better, President of the USA. He clearly still has plenty of life in him ; definitely, plenty of energy. It wouldn't be difficult to vet him as a political candidate, for a person could hardly be more vetted than he is, already. It's been several decades since he's been making himself world renowned for his documentaries ; for many of us anyway.

Short of being able to place him as US President, a second choice would be PM of Britain, since it's more powerful than Au. is.

Dreams.

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