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Hail to the true victors of Rupertís revolution

By John Pilger - posted Monday, 12 September 2011


On September 13th, one of the world's biggest arms fairs opens in London, backed by the British government.

On September 8th, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a preview entitled "Middle East: A vast market for UK defence and security companies".

The host was the Royal Bank of Scotland, a major investor in cluster bombs.

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According to Amnesty international, the victims of cluster bombs are 98% civilians and of that; 30% children. The RBScotland has received £20 million in public money. The blurb for the bank's arms party reads: "The Middle East is one of the regions with the greatest number of opportunities for UK defence and security companies. Saudi Arabia … is the world's top defence importer, having spent $56bn in 2009 … a very worthwhile region to target."

Such are the Cameron government's priorities following the great "humanitarian" victory in Libya.

As Margaret Thatcher once declared: "Rejoice!" and as the bankers and arms merchants raise their glasses, let us not forget the heroic RAF pilots who made Libya ours again by incinerating countless "pro Gaddafi elements" in their homes and cots and clinics.

As well as the unsung stalwarts of the British drone industry at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire who, before and after lunch, provide the information for drone targets so that Hellfire missiles can flatten homes and suck the air out of lungs, a specialty.

And cheers to QuinetiQ's drone testing site at Aberporth and at UAV Engines Limited in Lichfield.

The west's humanitarian mission is not quite finished.

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Nearly six months after securing a UN resolution authorising "the [protection] of civilians and civilian-populated areas under the threat of attack", Nato is raining fragmentation bombs on civilian-populated Sirte and other "Gaddafi strongholds" where, says a Channel 4 News reporter, "until they cut off the head of the snake, Libyans will not feel safe". I quote that not so much for its Orwellian quality but as a model of journalism's role in justifying "our" bloodbaths in advance.

This is Rupert's Revolution, after all.

Gone from the Murdoch press are pejorative "insurgents". The action in Libya, says The Times, is "a revolution … as revolutions used to be". That it is a coup by a gang of Muammar Gaddafi's ex cronies and spooks in collusion with Nato is hardly news. The self-appointed "rebel leader", Mustafa Abdul Jalil, was Gaddafi's feared justice minister. The CIA runs or bankrolls most of the rest, including America's old friends, the Mujadeen Islamists who spawned al-Qaeda.

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Australian-born John Pilger is a multi-award winning journalist and documentary film maker. On November 4, 2014, John Pilger received the Sydney Peace Prize, Australiaís international human rights award. A Secret Country, his best-selling history of Australia published 20 years ago, remains in print (Vintage Books).

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