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British Torture and Denial of Human Rights

On the day that some Serbian leaders were convicted and others released as free men following charges for war crimes, (see Kosovo trial clears Serbia leader ), a UK minister, John Hutton, has “apologised for previously incorrect answers to MPs” (I’d call that lying in a normal language), and admitted that yes, the UK helped transfer captured people from abroad, get locked up for 7 years without trial, and colluded in the torture of those people, if not directly, then by acquiescence.  It’s all here:

Minister admits terror transfer

Of course, the headline doesn’t bring out the full horror of who is terrorising who, does it?

This all happened because of the cascade-down like subservience to the nutter Bush from the last US administration, and his bunch of gung-ho thieves, whose incompetence was only just surpassed by their bravado.  The fact that the UK became part of this heinous history is now on the record.

If I recall, they were difficult times – we all appeared to be under a threat like no other in the whole history of creation.  So it seemed like, needs must, let’s torture the bastards because one of them might have an answer – or something.  And then we can….what?  Well exactly, what?  As an exercise in poor geography, it’s now fairly well understood that Iraq is not Afghanistan.  Neither is Pakistan.  Or North Korea.  Certainly not Cuba.

And yet, the news media colluded to whip up hysteria against folk with darkened skins, who dared to have their own religion, goddammit, that didn’t involve going to a nice pointy church with a white picket fence outside.

So they treated anyone like it very, very badly, indeed.

Daisaku Ikeda, 3rd president of the SGI, a lay Buddhist organisation, has remarked many times that when his brother, a Japanese soldier, was captured at the end of WW2, he fully expected to be treated the same way that the Japanese treated their captives, (i.e. dreadfully).  To his surprise, he was fed, clothed, given medical treatment and finally sent home to a land with a huge economic package in place (The Marshall Plan).  He wasn’t tortured and imprisoned for the best part of a decade.

Now the Japanese had treated many peoples dreadfully – The Rape of Nanking, Burma, Singapore, death marches, POW death camps, spurious beatings and beheadings.  You name it.  It was part of the culture and military ethos.

Yet when captured, they were generally treated well, all within the “rules of war”.

To our eternal shame, the UK government has colluded in despicable acts;  secret capture with no legal justification, secret transport, secret torture, imprisonment without trial….  Some people are still locked up after 7 years!  This is wholly against our own national laws and international laws enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.  It’s not a denial that these people may have been bad people and worthy of some hard justice.  The thing is, they’ve had NO JUSTICE.  They’ve arbitrarily been subjected on the say-so of a few people, to law-less treatment.

Tony Blair, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld should all be tried as war criminals – exactly the same as Slobodan Milosovich!   To paraphrase Rumsfeld:

They are all the lowest of the low.

It’s not their God that they should be fearing – it’s the searing damnation of an eternally corrupted karma.  As proof, I’ll await the manefestation of their awful karma in their lives.  It won’t be long.

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