In his article A Year Later dated March 20, 2004 John Pilger writes:

Let us be clear on the facts of what happened one year ago today. The United States, aided by Britain and Australia, attacked a sovereign country, unprovoked, and in breach of the most basic principles of international law. By the most conservative estimates, up to 55,000 people were killed, including at least, 10,000 civilians: men, woman and children, a figure confirmed this week by Amnesty International.

More than 1,000 children are killed or injured in Iraq every month by exploding cluster bombs, left by the Americans and the British. According to the Uranium Medical Research Centre, the main cities of Iraq are poisoned with radiation from uranium-tipped shells and missiles, fired by the Americans and the British.

Indeed, so contaminated are sections of Baghdad and Basra that coalition troops are not allowed to go anywhere near where their own shells have fallen – streets where children play, oblivious to the danger. In one report, Iraq is described as a “silent Hiroshima”. What this means is that the people of Iraq, and the occupying soldiers, perhaps including Australians, are left to get sick, many of them fatally. Listen to the American soldiers and their families who are now speaking out. Untold thousands of them have gone home sick, or deeply disturbed. Many have committed suicide.

This is the scale of the crime committed ‘in our name’. […]

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In a related article written for the Melbourne Age, John Pilger says that with the establishment of an International Criminal Court, the promise of universal justice is no longer far-fetched.

Btw, John Pilger was named Media Personality of the Year, at this year’s EMMA awards, held on Friday 30th May.

At the annual ceremony – Britain’s biggest multicultural awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel – John’s daughter Zoe picked up the award on his behalf.

John is currently filming in Afghanistan for his latest Carlton documentary on the war on terrorism.

Speaking from there, he said: “The value of this award is that it is the result of a nationwide vote among Britain’s multicultural community.”

The judges cited Pilger’s Carlton documentaries, notably last year’s Palestine Is Still The Issue. They commented that John Pilger “goes the extra mile to bring us the alternative truth.”

Also nominated in the category at the Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards were journalist and author Arandhati Roy; American director and author Michael Moore and BBC world affairs correspondent Rageh Omar.

One more award for this journalist who is on a crusade for Truth… Congrats John! Keep up the good work.

5 Comments

  1. I’m sorry but John Pilger has completely lost the plot over Iraq. He’s issued repeated statements supporting the guerrillas who are currently massacring hundreds of Iraqi civilians. For more info go to here.

    I used to respect John Pilger, until he started cheering on terrorists.

    1. Very interesting piece you have written there… Dunno if I agree with you though.

      Will need to spend more time on your write-up and read up on related stories and sources. Will surely get back on this.

      But I do have to ask you this: Why & How did you feel a need to start a campaign to stop the ‘Stop the War’ campaign? Is it your opinion that the “stop the war” campaigners are supporting the Iraqi resistance… ?

      Again, do you think it is wrong for the Iraqis to resist foreign forces (whether imperialist or not) on their soil?

      1. I started a campaign against the Stop the War Coalition because it has been taken over by undemocratic forces. Much of the leadership comes from Stalinists, Trotskyists and Islamic fundamentalists, who are interested in issues of class warfare and imperialism rather than issues of democracy, human rights and international law. I don’t believe that the Stop the War Coalition as an organisation supports the resistance, but certain figures, such as Tariq Ali and John Pilger, attempt to portray it as a national liberation movement, which it quite patently isn’t.

        First of all, the greatest number of people killed by the resistance are ordinary Iraqis, not coalition troops. Some statements by resistance groups specific say that they regard Shias and Kurds as legitimate targets, not just Americans. Opinion polls in Iraq consistently show overwhelming public opposition to the resistance from ordinary Iraqis, especially when the targets are against other Iraqis (e.g. attacks on the Iraqi Police).

    2. Sorry, I missed a point.

      You speak of “guerrillas who are currently massacring hundreds of Iraqi civilians”, and “cheering on terrorists.”

      Who are the guerrillas and terrorists you refer to here?

      Sorry if I sound confused about the whole thing, but would like to get this clear before I react or rejoin 😉

      1. By guerrillas and terrorists I’m referring to the Iraqi resistance.

        I think they’re deserving of the label “terrorist” because they deliberately target civilians.

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