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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 March 2004
March Against Liars And Occupiers
NO MATTER how often Tony Blair tries to sweep it under the
carpet, the war on Iraq keeps reappearing.
Just as the government "sexed up" the "dodgy dossier" on Iraq's
(non-existent) weapons of mass destruction to justify the war and occupation,
it also appears that the legal basis for going to war was also "sexed-up".
The latest revelation follows the collapse of the government's legal case
against whistleblower Katherine Gun, which would have shown that British spies
were involved in bugging UN secretary general Kofi Annan's office in the run-up
to war last year.
Behind these dirty tricks was the fact that Tony Blair and George Bush
couldn't convince a majority of UN security council member states to support a
war on Iraq. Nor did Blair's government have any sound legal reasons for
arguing that Saddam Hussein's regime was in breach of UN resolutions, which
would allow Britain to go to war.
This war and its bloody aftermath have been a disaster for most Iraqis.
Thousands of civilians have been killed and many more maimed both by the war
and the subsequent political turmoil under the US/British-led occupation.
The freedoms promised the Iraqi people after Saddam's
overthrow have not materialised. Talk of democratic rights and elections under
the US-run stooge Iraq Governing Council is just that - talk!
Sectarian politicians of the three main ethnic groups
are threatening civil war if they don't get power. There's mass unemployment,
widespread poverty, and the war-torn and sanctions-squeezed infrastructure has
crumbled. Even oil production is less today than before the war.
Yet Bush and Blair and their henchmen continue to argue in the teeth of such
evidence that things are now better in Iraq!
These warmongers are in denial. Their imperialist plans to control Iraq as a
staging post for imposing their political will on the region and plundering
Iraq's oil wealth are in tatters.
Bush and Blair are desperately trying to find an exit strategy ahead of
crucial domestic elections. But no matter how much they deny and gloss over
this bloody war, their scheming only further enrages a growing opposition in
Britain and the US.
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In The Socialist 6 March 2004:
March Against Liars And Occupiers
Strike Against Low Pay
Iraq War Continues To Haunt Blair
Fascists Threaten Socialist Party Stall
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fees UP Teaching hours DOWN Students ANGRY
NUS / AUT nation day of action 25 Feb
Activists Say Build A New Workers' Party
How Socialist Councillors Fought The Cuts
What Socialism Would Mean For Women
Council Tax - Unfair And Regressive
International socialist news and analysis
Haiti: Aristide Forced Out As Us Sends Troops
European Greens Unite - But Are They A Radical Alternative?
The Socialist 6 March 2004 |
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