Richard Searle

Servants of War

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The decision to send more British troops, and call up more reservists, to Iraq marks a significant deepening of the crisis generated by the occupation ('Blood, oil and lies', October SR).

As well as evoking Vietnam, this issue will only add to the developing splits in the ruling class, now stuck between the dilemma of 'no retreat' and denial of 'mission creep'. They are unable to resolve this crisis of their own making, unless they make the Iraqis pay the price.

The Lie Detector

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If there was such a machine as a bullshit detector, then the needle would have gone off the dial. There's a 1960s poem with the constant refrain of 'Tell me lies about Vietnam'. Without the irony, New Labour politicians are queuing up to 'tell us lies about Iraq'.

The generalised antipathy towards all politicians means that there's an almost automatic distrust of whatever they say, but that rejection can also reflect a desire to seek out alternative explanations to the official version of events.

We cannot underestimate the impact that John Pilger's Daily Mirror articles have had. He has been able to put hard-hitting anti-imperialist arguments to a working class audience of millions. The 'Alternative Dossier' (October SR) was good and has gone down a storm. I've heard many anti-war activists praise it.

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