You decide: a question for the servicemen and women of my country
Stephen Hewitt, 13 March 2003
To those of you who are being asked to go to the Middle East,
First, let's review some inescapable facts, which no amount of talk and deceitful nonsense from the politicians can quite succeed in hiding. (If there are any mistakes in these facts, or anywhere else, please let me know. The contact page is here .)
Iraq is a sparsley populated, undeveloped country thousands of miles away. It has not attacked Great Britain. It has not threatened to attack Britain. If left in peace, it would have little conceivable reason to attack Britain.So the facts are these:
Since it is not your decision, it may well be that nothing you do will make any difference to whether this attack proceeds. But only you can decide whether to have innocent blood on your own hands.
What is your reason for serving in the armed forces? Is it to defend your country against attack, or is it to be a hired prostitute, ready to do anything your paymaster asks because that is your job? You decide.