Friday, April 14, 2006


RAF Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, having refused to serve in Iraq in what he correctly believes is an occupation brought about by an illegal war, is predictably given an 8-month prison sentence, fined £20,000 costs and dismissed from his job. Kendall-Smith, now a national hero, follows in the steps of Ben Griffin who resigned from the Army SAS in a similar protest.

Despite all the pompous huffing and puffing from a few military wallahs rolled-out for the occasion the fact remains that, according to the Geneva Convention, Dr Kendall-Smith was perfectly entitled to refuse service. The decision made by the Military was based not on legal premises but on expediency. If Kendall-Smith had not been found guilty what kind of message would that send out to other conscientious objectors, refusekinks and would-be deserters? So the thin red line was held and an honourable man punished.

Kendall-Smith has been criticised for not having resigned his post before being sent to fight in a war he disagreed with. But in the real world it's the horror of war that opens the eyes of the idealistic rookie, leading to disillusion and a changed perspective. Kendall-Smith admits to having had a somewhat romantic illusion of the RAF in earlier days. Those illusions were dashed in the nightmare of the Iraq invasion and what followed which he put on a par with Nazi behaviour.

Believing Britishness to be a matter of decency, Kendall-Smith swallowed all the recruitment propaganda of the war machine. But, then, who would have thought that, in the early 21st Century, Britain's war machine would still be fighting imperialist ventures? Who would have attributed so much sheer stupidity or venality to a Prime Minister determined to drag his country, against its will, into the killing fields of another madman?

The guilty party in this show-trial is really not Dr Kendall-Smith, it's Tony Blair. As a doctor, Kendall-Smith may well have been responsible for saving lives. As a Prime Minister, all Blair has on his hands is the blood of the helpless. He should be thankful that, unlike the other quisling, Benito Mussolini, his end will not be at the hands of a lynch-mob. Although, now with his buddy, Berlusconi's demise there is a real chance that corrupt Tony will, one of these days, be receiving a visit from the fraud squad over his sales of peerages.

Natural justice, Tony, is what's coming to you and that's something no amount of dodging and weaving will save you from!

Please send your messages of moral support to:

Malcolm Kendall-Smith
HMP Chelmsford
200 Springfield Road

A petition for his release - and a special fund to help him pay the £20,000 legal costs awarded against him - have also been set up by Military Families Against the War. See

PETITION To: JOHN REID - Secretary of State for Defence

We the undersigned condemn the prison sentence passed on Flight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall-Smith and offer our full solidarity and support.

The sentence of eight months passed on him for refusing to serve in Basra is an outrage, we demand his immediate release.

He acted on his conscience in refusing to serve in an illegal war. In doing so, he acted on behalf of many people in this country.

The judge’s remarks that orders have to be obeyed also give cause for concern. The Nuremberg trials after the 2nd World War established that obeying illegal orders was no defence against charges of war crimes.

It is even more unjust that Kendall-Smith has been jailed while the advocates and perpetrators of this war have never been held to account.


The Undersigned

Click Here to Sign Petition


  1. Good one.

    Definitely, undeniably a hero who stood up for his beliefs.

    I also called him that on my Truth about American Heroes blog even though he isn't American.

    Maybe, just maybe, they'll get the hint ...

  2. Anonymous11:56 pm

    Absolutely a hero in my book:

  3. Hi Christiaan,

    Thank you for all your work in supporting the victims of the New World Order. I really hope you and Jon Pilger are right and that the UK is taken to the International courts. Britain's recent behaviour, in unquestioningly supporting, the Gang who hijacked the White House is utterly shameful and unrepresentative of public feeling.

    Bliar & Co have a lot to answer for and I hope they will soon get their come-uppance.