The figures show that since 2001, around 500,000 people have died in the conflict that has taken place in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now, the threat of more meddling by the United States in the Middle East is looming again, this time in Iran. Because of this, an event will take place in London on 16th July to demonstrate against the violence.
Juanjo Andrés Cuervo
Although the figures that appear in the The Costs of War Project report are high, the report itself stipulates that the number of deaths is above the figure of 500,000 that was collected. And in many conflict zones it is the scarcity of documents that makes it impossible to access the true number of people that have lost their lives because of this war.
Still under the shadow of the violence that started when George W. Bush decided to implement the so-called “War on Terror”, the possibility of the United States interfering in another Asian country has not been ruled out. In fact, in the middle of June, the White House announced that 1,000 troops would be sent to the Middle East in response to a supposed Iranian attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
On the other hand, The New York Times demonstrated that the Pentagon had prepared a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Asian country.
All of these previous events have sparked chaos on a global level, and the threat that another large-scale conflict could break out still remains.
Among other things, this is due to the active participation in the US government of John Bolton, National Security Advisor, and Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State. Regarding the former, journalist Julian Borger describes him as “one of the most fervent believers in American military power ever to work in the White House”.
More specifically, he was one of George W. Bush’s allies during the war against Iraq and he has always shown a proclivity towards aggressive policies against nations such as Venezuela, North Korea and Iran.
On the other hand, Mike Pompeo, has addressed two countries with authoritarian regimes, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to discuss how “to create a global coalition”. In the case of becoming allied with the US, an attack would seem to be imminent.
Stop the War: ‘Don´t attack Iran’
During the demonstration, several speakers will participate, including among them Lindsey German of Stop the War Coalition, Kate Hudson from Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Laura Pidcock of the Labour Party, Owen Jones from The Guardian, and Abbas Edalat from Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran.
Among other aspects, there will be featured the need for the United Kingdom to adopt a new independent policy based on cooperation and diplomacy, and so also to avoid frittering away financial resources on these conflicts.
As happened in 2003, following the entry of Britain into Iraq, another war brought nefarious consequences on an international level.
The event is led by Stop the War, which was created in September 2001 following the destruction of the Twin Towers, when George W. Bush proclaimed the “War on Terror”.
The objective of the organisation is to try and avoid conflicts in various areas of the world like Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya and now Iran.
Date and time: 16th July at 6 pm; Address: Portcullis House, 1 Parliament Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR; Contact: 02075 614 830. For more information click here.
(Translated by Donna Davison. Email: email@example.com)