SalR323 (salr323) wrote,

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Ming and the merciless

I don't know, is it me or do the Liberal Democrats actually seem to be making more and more sense? I voted for them in the last three elections, although until now they've only really felt like a party of protest. But Ming Campbell's speech at the party conference today actually made a lot of sense and had me wishing he was our PM. As cute and cuddly as Charles Kennedy was, I could never see him in No.10...

On tax: cutting income tax and using higher taxes on gas-guzzling cars and aviation to pay for it.

On domestic security: he promised to fight any new attempts to allow terrorism suspects to be held for up to 90 days without trial. "Terrorism thrives where civil liberties are denied," he said.

On foreign policy: he launched a broadside at Labour's foreign policy, saying Britain's reputation had been tarnished by a foreign policy which was "neither ethical nor effective".

He paid tribute to British troops who have died in action but argued that Iraq was approaching a civil war and Guantanamo Bay stood as an "affront to justice".

"Security is not being gained, it is being lost," he said.

"Terrorism is not being defeated, it is being invigorated. Freedom is not being spread, it is being undermined."

Yes, yes and yes. This is what I want to hear from a politician! Someone who actually seems to have a moral backbone and the balls to tell Bush et al where they can shove their War on Civil Liberties Terror.

In other news, the UN chief anti-torture expert has reported that the use of torture in Iraq is 'worse than under Saddam'.

The UN report says detainees' bodies often show signs of beating using electrical cables, wounds in heads and genitals, broken legs and hands, electric and cigarette burns.

Bodies found at the Baghdad mortuary "often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances".

Many bodies have missing skin, broken bones, back, hands and legs, missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails, the UN report says.

Victims come from prisons run by US-led multinational forces as well as by the ministries of interior and defence and private militias, the report said.

full article here

So let's see... Three reasons we went to war:

1) WMD Never existed.
2) Iraq's link to Al Qaeda Never existed.
3) To depose an evil dictator who tortured his own people Now being done even better than before.

Hmmm... Seems like we're missing something here. Ah yes!

4) To secure the Iraqi oil supply.

They always seem to forget to mention that one...
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