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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 September 2002

"We won't pay the price": No To War On Iraq

"BLAIR SAYS that we have to pay the 'blood price' for our 'special relationship' with the US. But it won't be him that pays this price. It will be the thousands of Iraqi people who are killed by bombing and the soldiers that go over there to fight".

Marie from Walthamstow summed up the anger that is growing daily against Bush and Blair's war plans.

Blair is trying to justify war with propaganda about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. But according to Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector, Iraq is incapable of making such weapons. Even Blair himself, while trotting off to cosy up to Bush at Camp David, said: "We do not have the faintest idea what is going on".

Whatever the real situation, this war has nothing to do with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons or freeing the Iraqi people from the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.

General Musharraf is dictator of a country which definitely has nuclear weapons and has come to the brink of war with India over Kashmir. Not even Bush or Blair are proposing that Pakistan be bombed to force 'regime change'!

The US has the biggest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in the world, in the hands of a president elected by a minority of the US population and committed to a policy of pre-emptive nuclear strike.

No amount of UN resolutions or reports and dossiers about Iraqi weapons can obscure what a war with Iraq would really be about - oil and US imperialism's economic and strategic interest in the Middle East. See No War For Oil Profits

But Bush and Blair have had to take account of the huge wave of opposition that has developed against war at home and internationally. We have to build on that opposition by making the 28 September demonstration against war with Iraq a show of strength which Blair cannot ignore.

At the same time, it's becoming clearer to more and more people that we need an alternative to this system which leads to exploitation, oppression and conflict around the world. That alternative is socialism.

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In The Socialist 13 September 2002:

"We won't pay the price": No To War On Iraq

Firefighters' pay: Strike Now For A Living Wage

A Rocky Road To War

Renationalise British Energy

No War For Oil Profits

Lifting The Lid On Poverty Pay

European Social Forum: A Socialist World Is Possible


 

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