Talk about state television…
Each week, more young men are coming home from the Middle East in coffins or with missing limbs and mental scars.
The BBC’s idea of a debate on the role of UK forces in occupied Afghanistan is a feeble one-sided radio “debate”.
This is the most readable part of the story on Auntie’s website:
More than two-thirds of Britons think UK troops should leave Afghanistan within a year, a BBC poll has found.
Of 1,013 people polled, 68% said troops should withdraw within 12 months, with 59% of men agreeing and 75% of women.
One assumes that the Stop the War Coalition were not even asked to put someone up, as the only panelist expressing doubts is Simon Jenkins:
“I think the government should always pay attention to public opinion, particularly in matters of war and peace. It has never received a popular mandate for this war in any realistic sense.
“It was done at the bidding of the Americans – there’s a new American president we might be able to capture something from that but he’s equally in favour of it. I just think we should pull out.”
The rest of the article is just lies about the threat of international terrorism increasing. If anything, I imagine it would decrease.
As far as I see it, only good can come of troop withdrawals.
If it were not for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (and the occupation of six counties in Ireland):
* There would be a quicker response to floods and other natural disasters as the armed forces could be deployed for civil defence. More people would be saved, fewer homes would be damaged.
* Muslim people would be more willing to give information to the police on terrorist activities.
* The corporate newspapers would be less inclined to print Islamophobic drivel. Although, the capitalists would still use religious and ethnic differences in an attempt to divide working people…
* In both Iraq and Afghanistan, reconstruction and development could start in earnest.
It’s typical of the BBC to deny an open debate on the merits of the Afghan war – it’s the state broadcaster and was given something of a punishment beating over the Kelly affair.
The survey it conducted delivered no surprise verdict. The poll result was similar to others that have already been taken.
What’s galling is that the BBC has been through days of Remembrance broadcasting and a special season of programmes on the First World War, but has kept quiet about the pro-peace majority.
If only it would keep quiet about John fucking Hutton.