Most taxpayers know that evading tax is a crime, but how many of us know that paying tax, council tax, fines, PAYE, can also be a war crime?
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This was during a period that Blair was complicit with the then American President Bill Clinton already bombing Iraq on a regular basis, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, many of were women and children.
Probably unknown by the majority of the public, by August 1999, American and British pilots had fired more than 1,100 missiles against 359 targets in Iraq, with bombings.
This US strike against an Islamic State fuel truck convoy on 18 November 2015 may have involved DU.
In spite of multiple international watchdog groups and health organizations pointing out the dangers of using DU, and in spite of the Pentagon claiming they wouldn’t use it, the United States just admitted to using it in Syria.
On 24 January 2015 a private jet touched down in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. On board were a handful of Foreign Office officials, security personnel and the then prime minister, David Cameron, who was visiting the kingdom to pay his condolences following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
The decision to charter the jet – at a cost to the taxpayer of £101,792 – raised eyebrows among Whitehall mandarins. But when it comes to Saudi Arabia, normal UK rules don’t seem to apply.
As what is arguably the largest humanitarian disaster since World War II continues, at least there are some who benefit.
Below is perhaps the most enjoyable verbal exchange we’ve seen concerning the ongoing horror in Syria, which admittedly is not a very amusing subject to speak about.
Little children should not be drawing missiles and corpses. When I met Yemeni girls and boys in a sandy, sun-scorched refugee camp in the horn of Africa, the pictures they had drawn chilled me. One depicted aeroplanes raining missiles down on houses; there were frowning corpses in crudely drawn puddles of blood, a weeping child beside them. These were horrors they had suffered – and they suffered them, in part, because of the role of Britain’s government.