UK's Middle East Wars Unjustifiable and Unaffordable
Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell warned us in their 1955 manifesto that the human race has a choice. We can renounce war or we can bring about our own end.
The arguments for our wars are transparently false.
Even proponents of war generally consider that a violent response should be proportional to the offense. Our government's justification for our wars in the Middle East is that they are necessary to make British citizens at home safe from terrorists.
Since no official record is published listing the number of Iraqi civilians killed ("We do not do body counts' General Tommy Franks) estimates for the current total vary widely from an absolute minimum of 94,7081 to 1,366,3502
In 2006 the medical journal, The Lancet, published an article that estimated the number of Iraqis who had died since the war began was 600,000.
But even if we take the very lowest figure for the Iraqi deaths, the relationship between 52 civilian deaths in the UK and 94,708 in Iraq quite clearly exposes the truth.
These wars are NOT a proportional response to any threat to British citizens.
(The estimates of civilian deaths as a result of the war in Afghanistan range between 12,400 and 32,0573.)
In the same year 3,201 people were killed in UK road accidents; 28,954 people were seriously injured and the total number of casualties was 271,0174.
Moreover the 52 terrorist killings has been, to date, a one-off event; the figures for death and injury on the roads are similar every year.