Julian Assange - OCT8 Antiwar Mass Assembly

Uploaded by harryfear on 09.10.2011

>> Brothers and sisters, friends, ladies and gentlemen, our next speaker is someone who
changed the face and the landscape of news reporting forever. Our next speaker struggled
to get here today because for 306 days he's been placed under house arrest with no charge.
Someone we all know, someone we respect, someone we admire for what he has done for the truth
and for news around the world. Please welcome Julian Assange.
>> Thank you. Thank you. Well, what a wonderful crowd. It's not a crowd that I often get to
see, but it's very heartening to see that so many people care about the values that
I hold dear. And there's something I want to talk about. What can we do with our values?
What can we do at all in relation to this war? Because the reality is Margret Thatcher
had it right: there is no society anymore. What there is, is a transnational security
elite that is busy carving up the world using your tax money. To combat that elite we must
not petition. We must take it over. We must form our own networks of strength and mutual
value, which can challenge those strengths and self-interested values of the warmongers
in this country and in others that have formed hand-in-hand an alliance to take money from
the United States, from every NATO country, from Australia, and launder it through Afghanistan,
launder it through Iraq, launder it through Somalia, launder it through Yemen, launder
it through Pakistan, and wash that money in people's blood. I don't need to tell you the
depravity of war. You are all too familiar with its images, with the refugees of war,
with information that we have revealed showing the everyday squalor and barbarity of war.
Information such as the individual deaths of over 130,000 people in Iraq - individual
deaths - that were kept secret by the US military who denied that they ever counted the deaths
of civilians. Instead I want to tell you what I think is the way that wars come to be and
that wars can be undone. In democracies (or the pseudo-democracies that we are evolving
into) wars are a result of lies. The Vietnam war and the push for US involvement was a
result of the Gulf of Tonkin incident (a lie). The Iraq war famously is a result of lies.
Wars in Somalia are a result of lies. The Second World War and the invasion of Poland
was the result of carefully-constructed lies. That is war by media. Let us ask ourselves
of the complicit media, which is the majority of the mainstream press, what is the average
death count attributed to each journalist? When we understand that wars come about as
a result of lies peddled to the British public and the American public and the publics all
over Europe and other countries, then who are the war criminals? It is not just leaders,
it is not just soldiers, it is journalists. Journalists are war criminals. And while one
might think that that should lead us to a state of despair, that the reality that is
constructed around us is constructed by liars, is constructed by people who are close to
those who they are meant to be policing, it should lead us also to an optimistic understanding
because if wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth. So that is our task,
and it is your task. Go and get the truth. Get into the ballpark and get the ball and
give it to us and we'll spread it all over the world.
>> Julian Assange!