The people’s war on terrorism.

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December 7, 2015 by socialaction2014


A letter a day to number 10. No 1,279

Tuesday 08 December 2015. The people’s war on terrorism.

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Dear Mr Cameron,

The late great Howard Zinn wrote in ‘Our War on Terrorism’: “Let us
begin by recognizing that terrorist acts – the killing of innocent
people to achieve some desired goal – are morally unacceptable and must
be repudiated and opposed by anyone claiming to care about human

He makes it clear at the beginning of the piece that
he was ‘calling it “our” war on terrorism because I (Zinn) want to
distinguish it from Bush’s war on terrorism, and from Sharon’s, and from
Putin’s.’ In other words, the people’s war on terrorism. That’s a
fairly novel idea, that the people have a war on terrorism quite
distinct from that pursued my political figures and the media and it is
an incredibly important distinction to make. It is a distinction that
lies at the heart of protest and activism, the right to peaceful
protest, free speech and freedom of expression, those precise rights you
are seeking to suppress.

In September this year a coroner
demanded that the government take action to ‘prevent future deaths of
disability benefit claimants, after concluding in a “ground-breaking”
inquest verdict that a disabled man killed himself as a direct result of
being found “fit for work”.’

In your ideological war on the
poor, the imposition of permanent austerity and the cuts aimed at poor,
disabled and vulnerable people, like the bedroom tax and ending the
Independent Living Fund, you and your government have wreaked havoc in
vulnerable lives and have terrorised them. People talk about the fear of
the brown envelope, a fear I am intimately acquainted with, wondering
what kind of hideous DWP imposed nightmare they might contain. Worse
still is that you pursue these policies without regard for the views,
experiences and suffering of ordinary people. We are denied any voice in
your pursuit of dismantling all state provision in favour of
privatisation. As Polly Toynbee and David Walker put it, “Cameron seized
the 2010 “crisis” to realise his ideological ends. By exaggerating the
parlous state of national finances, he was able to pursue his
longstanding ambition to diminish the public realm. Margaret Thatcher
privatised state-run industries; Cameron’s ambition was no less than to
abolish the postwar welfare state itself. The Office of Budget
Responsibility recently announced Cameron’s victory – by 2018, it
forecast, we would have a state the size it was in the 1930s.”

In pursuit of such an ideological goal, the cares and considerations of
those affected do not matter, that people are terrorised in the process
is entirely predictable and, of course, must be routinely and
ideologically ignored, just as they are. Your latest move to ban peers
from overturning legislation is entirely necessary because in
dismantling the state by deceit (never honestly declared), you must
silence all opposition including the second house. That people are
driven into poverty, homelessness, despair and death, is just collateral
damage and exactly what Zinn was talking about: ‘the killing of
innocent people to achieve some desired goal’. That is ‘our’ war on


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