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Labour’s empty phrases can’t hide the horror of war

Issue No. 2197

Labour’s manifesto begins, “This General Election is fought as our troops are bravely fighting to defend the safety of the British people and the security of the world in Afghanistan.

“They bring great pride and credit to our country: we honour and will always support them.”

Such empty phrases cannot hide the reality of a war that has seen thousands of Afghans and 281 British military personnel killed since it began in 2001.

Disgracefully none of the major parties want to talk about the reality of the war. It suits them all to cover up the bloody disaster that is unfolding.

On Monday US troops opened fire on a passenger bus on a highway in the Zhari district of Kandahar Province, killing at least four people, including a woman and a child. Eighteen other passengers were wounded.

In response, around 200 people blocked the road near where the shooting occurred.

They burned tyres and chanted slogans denouncing the US occupation and the US-installed government of Hamid Karzai.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010, 18:51 BST
Issue No. 2197
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