Anti-War Train Drivers
Refuse To Move Arms
By Kevin Maguire
Reprinted from 'The Guardian," Thursday January 9,
[Posted 11 Janurary 2003]
[Note from Emperor's
that the claim by Railway officials' that no work action
took place is false - and this claim certainly does seem
to be false - then this news is most heartening: ordinary
people putting their jobs on the line to oppose the
threat of war.
- Jared Israel]
drivers yesterday refused to move a freight train
carrying ammunition believed to be destined for British
forces being deployed in the Gulf.
managers cancelled the Ministry of Defence service after
the crewmen, described as "conscientious objectors"
by a supporter, said they opposed Tony Blair's threat to
revolt is the first such industrial action by workers for
Motherwell-based drivers declined to operate the train
between the Glasgow area and the Glen Douglas base on
Scotland's west coast, Europe's largest Nato weapons
Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS), which transports
munitions for the MoD as well as commercial goods,
yesterday attempted to persuade the drivers to move the
disputed load by tomorrow.
of the Aslef rail union were pressed at a meeting with
EWS executives to ask the drivers to relent. But the
officials of a union opposed to any attack on Iraq are
unlikely to comply.
drivers are understood to be the only pair at the
Motherwell freight depot trained on the route of the West
spokesman declined to confirm the train had been halted,
although he insisted no drivers had refused to take out
don't discuss commercial issues," he said.
point about the two drivers is untrue and we don't
discuss issues about meetings we have."
claim was flatly contradicted by a well-placed rail
industry source who supplied the Guardian with the
train's reference number.
later said it had been informed by EWS that mechanical
problems, caused by the cold winter weather, had resulted
in the train's cancellation.
solution under discussion yesterday between the MoD and
EWS was to transport the shipment by road to avoid what
rail managers hoped would be an isolated confrontation.
went on strike rather than load British-made arms on to
ships destined for Chile after the assassination of
leftwing leader Salvador Allende in 1973.
stevedores on London's East India Docks refused to move
guns on to the Jolly George, a ship chartered to take
weapons to anti-Bolsheviks after the Russian revolution.
unions supporting workers who refuse to handle weapons
could risk legal action and possible fines for contempt
German, convener of the Stop the War Coalition, said:
"We fully support the action that has been taken to
impede an unjust and aggressive war. We hope that other
people around the country will be able to do likewise."
group is organising a second national demonstration in
central London on Saturday February 15. Organisers
claimed more than 400,000 people attended a protest in
The Guardian * Posted for educational use only
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In August 1992, millions of people were shocked to see
photographs of a supposed Bosnian Serb death camp.
The photos were
produced by ITN, the British TV news giant, from
footage shot by an ITN film crew which spent 15
hours in Bosnia.
Most of the
photographs featured a tall, painfully thin man,
stripped to the waist, apparently penned in
behind barbed wire.
the authorization of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader, the
ITN crew filmed at a detention center in Omarska
and a refugee center in Trnopolje. The ITN photos
were broadcast worldwide beginning August 6th,
accompanied by sensational captions and comments.
For example Ian
Williams, one of the journalists who accompanied
the ITN crew, appeared on U.S. Public
Television's MacNeil-Lehrer Report on August 6th.
Mr. Williams referred to the Trnopolje refugee
center as a "camp," as in concentration
camp, saying it was "at the center of
allegations of atrocities." Williams claimed
at this camp were appalling. In 100 degree
heat hundreds of men were forced to eat and
sleep outside in the field behind barbed wire."
-- MacNeil-Lehrer Report, 6 August 1992
And indeed, the
ITN photos seemed to show people living outside,
caged like animals behind barbed wire. But Mr.
Williams knew this impression was false. He knew
the Muslim refugees were moving about freely,
that it was the ITN people who were filming from
inside a small barbed wire enclosure. He knew the
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Mr. Bush Responds
with Superhuman Speed
On 6 August 1992,
just *20 minutes* after the pictures were
released, George Bush held a press conference at
a Colorado Air Base:
"Reports say that 20 minutes
after the ITN footage was shown in the United
States, President George Bush changed his
hands-off policy and promised to 'press hard
for quick passage' of a UN Security Council
resolution authorising the use of force in
-- "The Straits Times, August 16, 1992
"Holocaust images of Bosnia prison camps
make the West sit up," by Lee Siew Hua
Bush demanded that
the Serbs be harshly punished, including:
economic sanctions on Serbia so that all
understand that there is a real price to be
paid for the Serbian government's continued
announced that the U.S. would recognize Croatia,
Slovenia and Bosnia as independent from
Yugoslavia. He thus approved the break-up of
Yugoslavia and guaranteed that the Bosnian war
remarkable speed with which President Bush
Some photos are
shown on TV.
President Bush contacts his cabinet members, who,
coincidentally, have also seen the photos.
Somehow they determine that the pictures are
leaders of, at least, Germany and England,
possibly other countries. They plan draconian
anti-Serb measures including economic sanctions
that will cut Serbia off from the world.
congressional leaders. They agree that Bush will
announce the US intent to recognize no fewer than
three new Yugoslav secessionist states.
They call a press
conference at a Colorado Air Base. They write a
press release. They compose Mr. Bush's statement.
The mass media
receives the press release. Film crews travel to
the Air base and set up their equipment.
And all this is
Isn't it more
likely that the timing of the TV broadcast of
these pictures was coordinated between ITN and
either the State Department, the CIA or some
similar body? That Bush scheduled his press
conference to be held just after the pictures
were shown so ordinary people would believe that
these terrible pictures compelled President Bush
to endorse extreme measures?
Perhaps ITN's trip
to Bosnia, supposedly to "investigate claims
that concentration camps had been set up" (Strait
Times), was planned from the outset as a hunt for
footage which could be used to produce such
ITN had a prior
history of aggressively anti-Serbian coverage of
the break-up of Yugoslavia. So one might ask, why
did the Bosnian Serb leadership give ITN access
to Trnopolje and Omarska, about which the Western
media (for example, NEWSDAY, 21 July 1992) were
already spreading nightmare tales? Perhaps they
hoped that if they just let the ITN people see
for themselves, ITN would be fair. They did not
comprehend the moral standards of the people with
whom they were dealing.
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1) Regarding Iraq, see
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