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We need to change the political order
10:00am Tuesday 8th May 2012 in Letters
RECENT debates about religion and fighting the Second World War are interesting and I sympathise a little with Ken Hill as regards fighting wars, especially modern conflicts which seem more about control of countries’ resources than democracy or freedom.
Mr Hill’s comments regarding treaties probably stem from the lack of power the UN has over Israel/Palestine, for example.
But let me be clear, the Second World War absolutely had to be fought – to defeat Fascism and Hitler and his planned dominance, which included these islands.
Last month, on April 26, Spain remembered the bombing of Guernica by Luftwaffe Stukas in 1937, who were supporting another fascist dictator – Franco. The bombing is also commemorated in a famous painting by Pablo Picasso.
One must ask the question why the British establishment chose not to support the democratically-elected Spanish government, instead allowing Hitler to ‘practise’ his obvious plans to bomb the hell out of other European countries, including the UK?
Could it have anything to do with the fact the Spanish had elected a leftist party which wanted ordinary people to prosper, with the elite paying?
The Spanish government also imposed harsh controls on the church. Obviously this didn’t go down well with the Spanish elite, hence the support of Franco.
History seems to point to the rich getting their own way by whatever means possible.
With the current climate in this country, and the rich getting richer, while the rest of us seemingly pay for it, could it possibly suggest the time is right for political change?
But again history tells us, if we ever got close to such a utopian possibility, the rich would fight back with any means at their disposal, to keep their hard-earned money.
How dare ordinary people think they can live in relative safety, comfort and with dignity, especially our pensioners!
Another world is possible, isn’t it?
TIM SIRET Millmoor Crescent Eynsham
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