Thank you for posting these disturbing figures. They are shocking but not surprising and one can only wonder how the Bush adminstration has managed to get away with it for so long. (The same way Blair and now Brown, with support from Her Maj's Loyal Opposition, have been getting away with it in the UK, I suppose.) One thing's for sure, whatever the financial cost, some corporations have been making mega-bucks out of the whole, shameful, disastrous mess.Heads should roll - but they almost certainly won't.
Shameful indeed. I am searching for an equivalent rolling counter of the cost to the UK coffers of our slavish tagging along behind George W. It would be interesting to watch exactly how fast the country's money was gushing into this misguided 'project' so we could do our own little 'cost/benefit' calculations on the back of an envelope and ponder the merits of living in a Democratic Country [sic].
More propaganda as usual.I wonder if you'd have the same attitude if the Russians decide to drop a nuke on Britain or Europe. As if 7/7 wasn't convincing enough that we have an enemy that is more deadly than Hitler and the Nazi's. The alliance of Putin, Chavez and Ahmadinajaad and Osama is pretty much WWIII in the making. It makes grim reading and I pray that God will protect our Western world.I hope for Peace but pretending it isn't a problem is a great cause for concern.
Hi there Anon. Just FYI: 'propaganda' - (noun): information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view. I don't usually publish anonymous comments, but I've let this one through because it such an interesting interpretation of the two statistics that I have published, the subsequent comments agreeing that the war in Iraq is in a mess, that its effects are shameful and that the UK should not, perhaps, so willingly have fallen into line behind the US. This is hardly a minority, 'propagandist' view in this country, but one shared by many high-profile and expert commentators, including notable former members of the military and diplomatic services.I'm sure that your prayers will join those of the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who are praying continually that God will protect them and their children from the dire effects of this war. Should I ever encounter a single person of any intelligence who does NOT hope for peace, or who DOES 'pretend' that the western world has not acquired some exceedingly dangerous enemies, then I will certainly mention them in my blog, because they would be most newsworthy.
Thank you for publishing my comment. I hate to do politics as Mersea is better than that. Such a peaceful corner. We have our own community and we've our own issues with our island. Trouble is everyone on blogspot around the web seems to be an expert on the Iraq war. Most do not represent a balanced view. Sometimes the BBC is like a machine of propaganda that is biased to a certain political leaning and not balanced. It can be very hard to hear a balanced report. However (on a lighter note) your site is great and I do like your artistic skills. Wasn't expecting to see politics on your site as it tends to mar your grand photography. Here's a political site that millions (not all) of Americans tend pay attention to. www.michaelsavage.comHe's a Jewish man with a radio show that is syndicated from coast to coast. Attracting approx. 20 million listeners. Enjoy
Politics 'mar' the 'grand photography? I don't think so. Just an indication that the person behind this blog thinks and cares deeply about any number of things, as well as taking good photographs. The two are not mutually exclusive.But I didn't read the 'The Cost of the War . . .' as politics; I read it as humanitarian concern - for all those caught up in what is happening in Iraq. What's that saying about walking a mile in another person's shoes?And a footnote as 7/7 has been mentioned: by a strange quirk of fate I was caught up in not one but two of the 7/7 bombings in London - at Edgware Road Station and a little later in Tavistock Square, opposite the bus that was blown up. I was enormously fortunate to have been able to walk away from both. (I also lived in central London throughout the IRA bombing campaign, so I'm familiar with these things.) Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't 7/7 after the invasion of Iraq? The words sitting and target come to mind.
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