From the Eastern Daily Press, Friday, May 7, 2004:
Hypocrisy over warfare
The images of American and - allegedly - British soldiers brutalising Iraqi prisoners are deeply shocking and our shared disgust was expressed in the EDP (May 1).
However, when you support war, you support brutalities. Bombs and bullets are only extended fists and feet, and are aimed at babies, children, the elderly, as well as men.
Modern warfare sanitises these barbaric acts because they are often carried out at the press of a button, but this does not make them any less real.
It is hypocritical of the pro-war brigade to now take the moral high ground when they have sanctioned over a year of barbarism committed against innocent Iraqi people. Or is it somehow more acceptable to do our dirty work at a distance?
Many reports of abuse in Iraq
Member of Norwich Stop the War Coalition Steering Committee,
Old Palace Road,
Whether the recently published photos of British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners are a hoax, are true, or are reconstructions, is rather beside the point.
It has been known for some time that there are allegations of Iraqis being abused, ill-treated and dying whilst in detention by British forces. This was reported by Adam Price Plaid Cymru MP to Labour MP Ann Clwyd (Special Envoy on Human Rights) last year.
Ms Clwyd is reportedly investigating these claims.
Iraqis held in the former house of "Chemical Ali" are reported to have treated in this way.
It is British soldiers concerned at the treatment of Iraqis who have stepped forward to expose this. The Mod has not admitted liability but has made 23 awards of compensation to Iraqi families.
There have been seven reported deaths n custody and many in the course of demonstrations. The figure was reported as 250 at a recent conference I attended.