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October 9, 2004

The Stealing Of Diego Garcia

How The System Really Works

The official line has always been that the huge U.S. air and naval base at Diego Garcia was constructed on an uninhabited island provided by the British. But in fact it was settled in the late 18th century. In the 1970s the U.S. military decided that they wanted use of it as a vacant possession, and in the fawning way that continues to the present day, the British government complied. John Pilger, Australian-born war journalist of world renown, tells in Diego Garcia: Paradise Cleansed, originally published in the UK's Guardian, reproduced at antiwar.com, how the population was ruthlessly evicted, allowed to take only one suitcase each, leaving behind homes and possessions without compensation. Pet dogs were taken away from screaming, crying children, and killed. The story has come to light as a result of the efforts of one man who refuses to give in, supported by a tenacious London lawyer, who are taking the case to the European court of human rights. As Bush's bombers take off from what once was an island paradise, the spokesman insists that the islanders, "will not let this great crime stand. The world is changing; we will win." To be allowed to return, against all the financial and political investment that has been put in? The world would be changing for the better if that could come true.

Rosemarie Jackowski has also written a piece on this at Press Action.

See also follow-up piece by John Pilger, dated November 27, 2008, at http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=512

 
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