Was the staging of a homecoming parade for soldiers in Luton as divisive as the protests?
Protests were held during the homecoming of troops from Iraq. Divided local opinions highlight the fact the homecoming parade was staged in a demographically high Muslim area. Are the organisers of the parade just as much to blame for community division as the protestors?
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Many in the community have highlighted the fact that even though Luton isn't an area of high radicalism from the Muslim community (Despite what some of the media have said) many do disagree with the Iraq war, so staging a homecoming parade in the town centre was a poor decision and was bound to cause some sort of division.
The majority of the Muslim community in Luton disagree with the protesting and it was only a hardcore few that were demonstrating, despite campaigning for others to join them.
Strong Opposition To The Iraq War
Not just in Luton, but across the country many people are extremely against the Iraq war. Millions were said to have marched against the war when the UK first started to get involved. So, for a march for troops to happen anywhere in the country and gauge no reaction would be a surprise, and as it is a densely populated Muslim area, it comes as no major shock there were protests of some sort.
The Mess That Is The Iraq War
The Iraq war is highly opposed, mostly for the mess that has been caused and the divisions in Iraq itself the invasion has caused. The plaques held up by the protestors do have a point behind them. Children and innocent men and women have been caught in crossfire. Ripping apart families and what was a relatively (although a dictatorship) stable country. This is bound to cause feelings of hate for Iraqis in Luton, and the homecoming parade only serves to drive them to air their views in public.
The soldiers deserve a morale boost
Soldiers having a homecoming parade is part of a scheme to keep up and boost morale for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fact is, the soldiers have no say in the policy the Government takes against certain countries, and are told what to do. They deserve a morale boost as, at the end of the day, they are doing their jobs, just as the rest of us are.
Just because a select few of the Muslim population in Luton believe this, it doesn't mean the rest of the population does. As the article says, despite weeks of campaigning to bring more people to the protests, very few did, and more of the Muslim population was actually on the welcoming side.
The Parade Was The Wrong Time/Place To Protest
The parade was the wrong time to protest about what is happening in Iraq, soldiers know full well, more so than the general population what is happening in Iraq, it is not their decision to make as to whether to fight or not, this is not a choice they have. The protestors, feeling so strongly about this issue should have petitioned or protested to Politicians not at a homecoming parade!
The Parade Is Targeted to Create Division
The parade is actually targeted by Muslims who want to create division between the Muslim population not just in their area but across the UK. One person is quoted as saying; "They look for opportunities to create tension between Muslims and non-Muslims and they saw this as an easy target. They bring disgrace on the reputation of Luton and on other British Muslims but they seem to revel in it."
The majority of Muslims do support, not the Iraq war, but do support the Soldiers, doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. Out of a town of 20,000 Muslims, 20 had turned up to protest. Hardly a majority.
No point demonstrating against the Troops
It's a bit like the old English saying "Don't shoot the messenger". There is no point in demonstrating against the troops homecoming parade, when the only attendees will be families of the working class people who are doing what they can to make a living by becoming part of the British Military. The working classes did the same in both the World Wars and gave their lives for the cause.
If there are people who disagree with the reasons for going to War in Afghanistan or Iraq, they shouldn't blame the soldiers, because the soldiers don't have any decision making power whatsoever!
No, talk to a Government who is hanging on the coat-tails of the American governments plan to gain influence in other nations once they've meddled with the local governments first.
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