Start spreading peace by telling the truth

HOW contrasting was the media’s lack of coverage of the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan with its extensive coverage of the 9/11 anniversary?

We should all reflect that at this time of deep economic recession, and the respondent inspiring global protests, the US-led wars have consumed over $ 1 trillion in the past 10 years. The US is currently fighting wars in seven countries — Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and — the latest addition — Uganda, where Barack Obama has just deployed US troops. If the “war on terror” is included — the latest instalment of which is the ludicrous Iranian “plot” — Obama is currently waging eight wars. He should do the honourable thing now and send back his Nobel Peace Prize, cut the military budget and invest in jobs and education. Julian Assange speaking at the anti-war rally in Trafalgar Square on October 8, said: “If wars can be started by lies, then peace can be started by truth.” It is time for the media to rise to that challenge.

Jim Roche

PRO Steering Committee

Irish Anti War Movement

Dublin 1

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