Sunday, 31 January 2010


I remember going to meetings at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Wellington Road, Rhyl, with other townspeople who wanted to stop the present war. 'Not in our name,' we said as the invasion of Iraq began.

Big demonstrations against the war took place in British cities, all to no avail.

It was against International Law to invade a country to bring about a change in its leadership, and that was what the American and British governments were doing. Hundreds of thousands of citizens of Iraq were about to be killed or injured and tens of thousands of homes destroyed.

Yesterday on a bitterly cold afternoon in Garden of Remembrance, I was unable to shake off a sense of anger about how easily this nation of ours was conned into war over matters that were not our business, the consequence being a brutal waste of lives on all sides.