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’. […]
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.