On the Fifteenth of February 2003 we took a video camera into London to interview people’s thoughts and opinions regarding the buildup to the Iraq War.
The interviews – recorded on that day – reflect the straight-forward ‘common-sense’ points of view that were being expressed by the large numbers of people at the time.
‘The people of the world do not want war…’
It’s purpose is to be an archive for those views, and the content speaks for itself.
A big Thank-You to everyone who spoke to camera.
Video Clips 1
Person 1: It’s just a case of killing people, which I don’t think is right. I’m sure if it was, if it was, you know, your family, or my family or Tony Blair’s family – for that’s sake; I think you’d have a different opinion on that, I really do. And I really mean that. You know, it’d be a different situation, when it comes to a family, you know, and families are what these people are ruining, whether its Iraqi families or whoever’s family. I think that’s, you know, at the end of the day, people are going to die.
Person 2: It’s all, I think it’s all revenge for nine eleven. They have a different culture, they are not like us, they, these people, for them this is a religious war. For us, it’s about oil or something. But I really think its about revenge for what happened in New York in 2001. So, I don’t think it’s really worth it, because, we’ll never get anywhere with a war. And the United States should have know that because in the last decades they been like, in Vietnam and some other places that, they always lost. They always lost, they always lost, thousands of planes, they killed families. Before I came to London, actually from Portugal, I’ve seen some er – news coverage, for that girl – that girl Kim, that was bombed with napalm in Vietnam. Today she has her skin all burned out, for what? … heroin and cocaine and…
Person 1: I think for America to have the total power, I think what they need yeah, to have the total power is a lot to do with the economy which I know pretty much nothing about. But, it’s like the economy, and I think that if they own the oil, then they pretty much own the lot, and I think that’s what they want, and you know somemat-like that. My names Mark, reporting from Trafalgar Square, on the news today… 15th of February – and we’re aving it! – No War.
Person 3: Just that they shouldn’t go to war, and what happened on nine eleven was yeah, was wrong, and that’s basically it, there’s not a lot else you can say
Cameraman: That says it all I think
Person 3: That says it all
Cameraman: It’s simple
Person 3: Yeah
Sign Reads: ‘MAKE TEA NOT WAR’