Quotes from the Perdana Global Peace Forum in Kuala Lumpur:(
Killer Vessel at Port Klang War preparations against Iran are already under way. USS Ronald Reagan, the largest and most advanced aicraft carrier in the world, recently docked in Westport, Klang, en-route to the Persian Gulf to join two other aircraft carrier groups - the largest US Battle Group deployed in recent times.
From mosques to morgues Today in Iraq there are daily queues of women and children in front of mosques and morgues to identify mutilated bodies; to recover the bodies of their husbands, brothers or sons who had most likely been killed. Often they would find decomposing corpses which were unrecognisable. Over 6,000 corpses were found in the past five months: 1,068 in January, 1,110 in February, 1,294 in March, 1,155 in April and 1,375 in May. Most of these corpses had gunshot wounds, while others had marks of burns, electrocution and holes made by electric drills, conclusive evidence of torture. Each time I come across such reports and pictures it tears my heart out. It may be that Iraqis are killing Iraqis but it is the invasion and war by the Americans and the British which unleashed their savagery. But let us remember that often it is the work of British and American soldiers.
For nothing Americans and Brits are also victims of war. At the last count 2,500 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq. Thousands more have been injured, many "seriously". The survivors will live with their physical and mental disabilities for life. What have their sacrifices been for? For nothing. So many lives wasted, so many disabled only to earn the hatred of millions. Neither Iraq nor Afghanistan nor Iran will belong to America or Britain. Because of Bush and Blair, American and British life will always be in danger, insecure. The sacrifices are for nothing. The longer it lasts the more lives will be wasted for nothing. Bush and Blair will run no risk. They will be guarded by thousands of security personnel. It is the ordinary man who will pay the price of this folly. We sympathise with Cindy Sheehan and the American and British mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who will lose their loved ones for nothing.
War Criminal Bush, War Criminal Blair Bush and Blair and any leader, present or future, who wage wars must not and should not be addressed by any honorific. We should simply call them "War Criminal Bush", "War Criminal Blair" as casually as they would label the targets of their wars of aggression.
all quotes are taken, with permission, from the speech by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
at the Public Forum, Perdana Global Peace Forum Special Session
at Dewan Tun Ismail, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur
22 June 2006