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UK's going to Iraq and ruin.

Byline: Sinead O'CONNOR

I'VE lived in America and spent plenty of time in the UK, but I've never been happier to live in Ireland with my children - and here's why.

Last week Sky News ran a series of pieces about the war in Iraq, including a short interview with a very arrogant Tony Blair.

He declared that he did not have any regrets about bringing the people of Britain to war with Iraq.

As he spoke, the family of 16-year-old Kodjo Yenga were being informed that their son had been stabbed to death in Hammersmith by four boys who were younger than him, all of whom shouted "kill him, kill him" as they finished him off.

Only two days after his death another boy, Adam Regis, was murdered by some youths who wanted his dog near West Ham's stadium. Seven teenagers have been murdered in seven weeks by their peers in the UK.

Thankfully we have not suffered this kind of destruction of our society in Ireland yet.

But then, we don't have Tony Blair running the country, do we?

Blair sat last week, very aggressively justifying the use of war as a method of solving problems.

He says it doesn't matter whether or not Saddam had nuclear weapons - this despite the fact that it was his justification for going to war in the first place.

Blair believes in war as a method of solving political problems. And the public humiliation of Saddam Hussein when he was hanged is seen as par for the course. He refused to comment on whether that was suitable for children to be exposed to, even though they were unable to escape from it on TV or in the papers.

It also fascinates me that we never hear politicians say the word "love".

It never seems to strike them that spiritual problems can not be solved with politics.

All the problems we see in the world are, in fact, spiritual.

If we're going to try to solve them with politics, we may as well throw water into a sinking boat.

And when your kids are killing each other, you've got a serious spiritual problem.

And you have to ask yourself who has been setting them a bad example?

The casualties in the Iraq war have not all been soldiers. They are a generation of young American and British people, perhaps two generations, who have been set terrible examples by those who are the fathers of their nations.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2007
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