We believe that the forced expulsion of the Chagos Archipelago at the request of the USA for the sole purpose of establishing a military base on Diego Garcia to be a shameful episode in our countrys’ recent history.
Perhaps even more shamefully, the UK government now intends to stop the Chagossians from ever returning to their homes. To do this it will have to overturn or ignore two High Court Judgements allowing the Chagossians the right to return. This is in spite of Home Secretary Robin Cooks position of not contesting the decision to allow repatriation in 2000.
It seems the continuing ”War on Terror” allows for the continued theft of these Islands, simply for their strategic position in relation to the Gulf and any future campaigns.
It only takes a moment and, while it might not change the world, it adds to the pressure, as this recent episode demonstrated. Sceptics might consider these musings before finding something better to do:
What use is signing a petition? Well, judging from the media coverage of the road pricing petition, some at least. I can’t claim to know how much effect a million or more signatures on the war crimes petition would have but I have to believe it also would have some – a kick in the grin for Mr. Blair, at least.
For cynicism, we might also say snobbery – since I suspect certain self-described ‘activists’ look down on such conventions as petitions on the grounds that they are naive and ineffectual compared with other forms of action and protest. Perhaps so and, yes, there is always the need to consider the best use of one’s time and resources but signing a petition takes a couple of minutes. So go ahead and sign anyway – you’ll still have time to D-lock yourself to the gates of Faslane. An activist should be receptive to as many legitimate forms of action as possible and, to borrow a snooker term, signing a petition is a shot to nothing.
So get clicking…