Who do you believe? The soldiers and intelligence sources on the ground or the New Labour spin machine. They are looking probably for an excuse not to confront the Iranians on this issue so as not to damage the Islamic vote at home prior to the May elections.... just a theory... New Labour wouldn't stoop so low as to change policy to gain votes...
Labourâs Home Secretary
It is with considerable regret that I am writing to inform you that because of
opposition from the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, the Governmentâs
proposed offence of incitement to religious hatred had to be removed from the
Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill in the House of Lords on the 5 April. This
means that the current offence of incitement to racial hatred cannot therefore be
amended to cover incitement to religious hatred at this time.
We understand that this legislation was of vital importance to the Muslim
community. But the reason we cannot pass this legislation is because both the
Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have blocked the legislation in Parliament.
The Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives made it clear that they were not
willing to see this measure become law. They bear full responsibility for blocking
this part of the Bill. I am sure that you and other members of the Muslim
community will take very careful note of that, particularly the opposition of the
Liberal Democrats on this issue.
However, I can assure you that the Labour Party remains firmly of the view that
there should be equality for those of all faiths, including the Muslim community.
We cannot see why it is right to have protection in law for Jews and Sikhs, but
wrong to extend it to other communities like the Muslim community.
It remains our firm and clear intention to give people of all faiths the same
protection against incitement to hatred on the basis of their religion.
I will be writing to you again shortly to outline our future plans on this issue.
Labourâs Home Secretary
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On the other hand ... I could put one of these triggering devices together in my garage following a few visits to B&Q and maybe some stuff from Maplins. If you're smart and have a background in electronics it is not difficult at all. I haven't done it by the way, nor am I about to, but don't kid yourself that the Iraqis couldn't have done it themselves.
That said, if a neatly boxed package of blueprints, finished articles and instructions arrived from Iran why bother ?
To find out what really happened would require detailed access to information that frankly we're never going to see for perfectly valid OPSEC reasons. So the real question is do we trust the current government not to lie to us for political advantage ? (Cue hollow laugh)
Three people killed, 11 wounded in car bombing in Al-Dawrah area in southern Baghdad ... Iraqi policeman killed, 18 others wounded in addition to two civilians in gun battle in Al-Ghazaliyah area in western Baghdad ... Gun battles break out between Iraqi police and gunmen who attacked convoy of 60 trucks carrying fuel tanks in northern Baghdad. Nineteen tanks destroyed ... Thirteen people killed, 36 wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked funeral in Al-Miqdadiyah town, north-east of Baghdad ... About 40 people wounded, police vehicle burnt in clashes between police and jobless demonstrators in Al-Nasiriyah town in southern Iraq .... Three people wounded, four cars damaged in car bomb in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad ... Iraqi deputy interior minister attributes congestion in Baghdad on 4 Jan to emergency security measures in search for the minister's sister, who was kidnapped on 3rd ... Iraqi minister of planning and development cooperation, Barhan Salih, starts regional tour to drum up Arab support for political process in Iraq ... US helicopter reportedly crashes in Mosul as a result of technical problem ... Progress has been achieved to unify general departments of the two main Kurdish parties in Kurdistan province ... Undentified gunmen assassinate an Iraqi Oil Ministry senior official and his son in Al-Amiriyah in western Baghdad ... Two Iraqi civilians killed, two wounded in bomb explosion in Kirkuk. Gunmen attack column of trucks carrying fuel tanks from Bayji refinery to Baghdad ... Soldier, civilian wounded in bomb explosion in Ba'qubah ... Jordanian Bar Association calls for suspending membership of Iraqi Bar Association in Arab Lawyers Union in protest at Iraqi justice minister decision to dissolve its board ... Statistics show that about 6,000 Iraqis have been killed in acts of violence in 2005 ... US Defence Department ascribes US troops' weak performance in Iraqi and Afghanistan to their weak level in Arabic and Pashto languages. No video ... Report on crisis of Iraqi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia who are still stranded in Baghdad international port and some mosques ... Report on congestion and traffic jams in Baghdad as a result of search for kidnapped sister of the interior minister ... Report on recent acts of violence in various Iraqi areas ... Report on gunmen attacks on trucks transporting fuel tanks, thus resulting in fuel shortage in various Iraqi areas.
This government won't even prosecute Iraqi murderers of British soldiers that are in our custody. Do you think they want the added complication of the Iran situation? A few months ago we were being told of irrefutable evidence of Iranian involvement including intact devices. Sounds to me like another betrayal of the troops by the shameless bunch of shysters that passes for our government. They should be held to account for their moral bankruptcy.
Three people killed, 11 wounded in car bombing in Al-Dawrah area in southern Baghdad ... Iraqi policeman killed, 18 others wounded in addition to two civilians in gun battle in Al-Ghazaliyah area in western Baghdad ... Gun battles break out between Iraqi police and gunmen who attacked convoy of 60 trucks carrying fuel tanks in northern Baghdad. Nineteen tanks destroyed ... ... Report on recent acts of violence in various Iraqi areas ... Report on gunmen attacks on trucks transporting fuel tanks, thus resulting in fuel shortage in various Iraqi areas.
Bollocks! The Iranians have been fishing in Basra for 18 months at least. I can't see how they could NOT be involved in recent attacks, even if all they supplied was technical know how. Ask the units that had the joy of patrolling in the area of the border withn Iran how many times they've been shot at by the Iranains!
No. 10 Downing Street said: No, the bombs aren't coming from Iran. Probably the people who make them got the details off the web, or worked it out for themselves - you know Iraq used to have a space programme as well as a chem/bio/nuke one, so there are quite a lot of engineers about. Why did we think it was them? Oh, we just said that because the Yanks would like it.
In 1998/9 the Serbs got blamed for everything by the media after being egged on by 'private briefings' from 'official spokesmen' (including the killing of Jill Dando - remember that one?). Of course, the vast majorityl turned out as utter drivvel, but the damage had been done; the message was out - Serbs were behind all the evil-doing in the world and thus deserved to be given a good pasting!
Then the Iraqis came in for the name and shame game - whether it was true or not: supplying WMD to al-Qaida, WMD on 45min alert, blah, blah and rotten blah again...
Do you honestly think it a surprise that Iran is now coming in for the same treatment? For me, the only surprise is that it's not Syria now and Iran in 12-18 months time! Ooops - forgot, Syria copt it 18 months ago, and none of us believed the drivvel!!!!!!
A government spokesman has admitted that claims the Iranians were responsible for the deaths and injuries of British soldiers in Iraq were false. He added "Apparently we are actually responsible, well bugger me."