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The Enniskillen Poppy Day Massacre and the Futility of War

This time of year always reminds me of events from 1987 when the Provisional IRA, an organisation that had the support of  ex London Mayor Ken Livingstone, committed the most despicable act of the War in Northern Ireland. And there are a lot of such vile, base and disgusting incidents from which to select… 

Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh saw eleven people perish as the Provos bombed a Remembrance Sunday Parade. What sort of mentality even considers such an action? 

And now Vampire in Chief Martin McGuinness, a blood soaked murderer is the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. It’s the sickest joke imaginable but is proof, is any was needed, that for some it’s all about power and it’s trappings. 

Whilst the likes of people I rubbed along with such as Declan Moen, who were mostly inadequate types looking for validation and a role were taking the lives of fellow Irishmen, Adams and McGuinness were pulling the strings and taking no risks. Lives were ruined and now they sip (non alcoholic) cocktails and nibble on canapés with the likes of racist scumbag Peter Robinson. 

You have to ask what it was all really for? 

Remembrance Sunday each year grows in importance as the First World War generation is now gone, and this gruesome conflict was the curtain raiser to the most violent century in human history. 

It seems that we have become more addicted to war the more “civilised” the human race becomes. 

100 million people (this is a crude and conservative UN estimate) were killed by war in the 20th Century and this blood lust shows no sign of abating into the 21st as we saw 670,000 (figures that the Foreign Office describe as being “robust” when scrutinised) Iraqis die at the hands of the Coalition and each other, and the carnage continue from Afghanistan, to Palestine, through swathes of Africa and into places such as Indonesian Occupied Papua where it has emerged British sold weapons are responsible. 

 An MOD Minister told the Observer; “We repeatedly told the Indonesian Government not to use them on civilians”. Satire is alive and in rude health. 

The industrial scale casualties of the Great War demonstrate the absolute contempt that Capitalism has for human life. 

Capitalism as a system, works on the premise of unfettered competition and survival of the fittest, which naturally leads to violence as people seek to protect their interests. Ergo Iraq. 

Saddam’s vile Fascist regime, whilst it posed no threat to US economic interests, was indulged and Human Right abuses ignored.

George Galloway, for all his stupidity called Saddam; “a bestial Dictator” and took part in protests outside the Iraqi Embassy as early as 1988. 

Meanwhile UK Defence Minister Alan Clark was busy doing under the counter deals with Saddam via Matrix Churchill, a British arms company who were helping the Iraqis develop a “super gun” missile launcher with which he could menace his neighbours. 

All highly illegal and Clark lied about this in Parliament, and when caught out came up with his classic line about being; “‘economical with the actualité”. 

Former US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld was pictured with the Butcher Of Baghdad as late as 1981. But as soon as Saddam looked like upsetting the apple cart with his invasion of Kuwait then the full might of economic power was unleashed and 1.5 MILLION Iraqi civilians paid the price between 1991 and the invasion of 2003. 

The UN Under Secretary, Denis Halliday, called this; “a Genocide I can no longer be part of”, and resigned his post in 2002. 

The price of the Somme and other Great War Slaughters was paid with the blood of largely Working Class men aged 15-25. Hundreds of thousands of them. A true lost generation. We must never forget them.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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