British Train Drivers say: No War against Iraq

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Anti-War Train Drivers

Refuse To Move Arms

Freight

 

By Kevin Maguire
Reprinted from 'The Guardian," Thursday January 9, 2003

 

[Posted 11 Janurary 2003]
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[Note from Emperor's Clothes: Assuming 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]

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Train drivers yesterday refused to move a freight train carrying ammunition believed to be destined for British forces being deployed in the Gulf.

Railway 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 attack Iraq.

The anti-war revolt is the first such industrial action by workers for decades.

The two 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 store.

English 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.

Leaders 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.

The two drivers are understood to be the only pair at the Motherwell freight depot trained on the route of the West Highland Line.

An EWS spokesman declined to confirm the train had been halted, although he insisted no drivers had refused to take out the trains.

"We don't discuss commercial issues," he said.

"The point about the two drivers is untrue and we don't discuss issues about meetings we have."

Yet his claim was flatly contradicted by a well-placed rail industry source who supplied the Guardian with the train's reference number.

The MoD later said it had been informed by EWS that mechanical problems, caused by the cold winter weather, had resulted in the train's cancellation.

One 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.

Dockers 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.

In 1920 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.

Trade unions supporting workers who refuse to handle weapons could risk legal action and possible fines for contempt of court.

Lindsey 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."

The anti-war 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 September.

(c) 2002 The Guardian * Posted for educational use only

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Footnotes and Further Reading Follows Advertisement

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JUDGMENT! Video Exposes the Phony 'Death Camp' Pictures that Fooled the World
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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.

Travelling with 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 that:

"Conditions 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 ITN pictures had been doctored to create the illusion of a death camp. This is *proved* in the Emperor's Clothes video, 'JUDGMENT!'

How can 'JUDGMENT!' have proved this?

By luck, a news crew from Serbian State Television (called RTS) covered the ITN visit. They went wherever ITN went, filming what ITN filmed and filming the ITN crew as well. Thus there is a visual record of what the ITN people did and what they actually saw. Using this footage, the 'JUDGMENT!' video shows, step by step, how pictures of a humanitarian refugee center at Trnopolje were transformed into 'death camp' photos that fooled the world.

The 'JUDGMENT!' video proves that Ian Williams, now the UN correspondent for the NATION magazine, and other journalists who traveled to Bosnia with ITN, lied to the public.

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 Balkans."
-- "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:

"tighten[ing] economic sanctions on Serbia so that all understand that there is a real price to be paid for the Serbian government's continued aggression."

Bush also 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 would continue.

Consider the remarkable speed with which President Bush reacted.

Some photos are shown on TV.

Immediately, President Bush contacts his cabinet members, who, coincidentally, have also seen the photos.

They confer. Somehow they determine that the pictures are genuine.

They contact 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.

They contact 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 done in...20 minutes?

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 doctored evidence.

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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Footnotes & Further Reading
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1) Regarding Iraq, see recent letter and reply, "A Los Angeles Reader Asks: Are you For or Against Saddam Hussein? Are you For or Against the Proposed war?" at
http://emperors-clothes.com/letters/shussein.htm

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