Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/337/5661

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.

Bloody aftermath

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.

Henchmen

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.

Join the demo on 20 March - join the Socialist Party and fight for a socialist alternative to imperialism, war and poverty.

End The Occupation Of Iraq - Troops Out Now!

Liar Blair Must Go! 

  • Let The Iraqi People Decide Their Own Future

  • Bring The Oil And Energy Industry Under Democratic Public Ownership

  • For A Socialist World Free Of War And Terror

Demonstrate

March 20th, Assemble at 12 Noon Hyde Park, Central London

National Demonstration Called By Stop The War Coalition

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


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?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 6 March 2004   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

War:

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Will there be a Saudi-Iran war in the Middle East?

triangle70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: "But if there was hope, it lay in the proles"

triangleSri Lanka - Ten years after the brutal end of the war

triangleWhat lies behind the US-China trade war?

triangleMay 1649 - the Last Stand of the Levellers

Iraq:

triangleAssange arrest: US and allied governments seeking revenge for exposing dirty wars

triangleFilm: Vice - Dick Cheney - a cold and calculating opportunist

triangle40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles

triangleThe ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world

Socialist:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: The state - a warning to Corbynism

triangleEast London Socialist Party: Racism, black liberation and the writings of CLR James

triangleEast London Socialist Party: The captialists' Brexit crisis and fighting for a pro-worker resolution

Occupation:

triangleHarland and Wolff occupation

triangleHarland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

9/10/19

Caerphilly

Attacks on Caerphilly waste management workers

9/10/19

PCS

BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

9/10/19

York

York freshers success

9/10/19

Leeds

'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition

9/10/19

Health

Huge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

9/10/19

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest: mobilisation needed to defend abortion rights

9/10/19

Socialism

Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

9/10/19

Socialist Party

Best way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party

9/10/19

Socialism

Socialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

9/10/19

Unison

Unison's retired members reflect growing anger

9/10/19

RMT

Vote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections

9/10/19

Equity

Equity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts

9/10/19

Birmingham

Birmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation

9/10/19

Royal Mail

Vote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

9/10/19

Usdaw

Sainsbury's strikers win

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

triangle10 Oct Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds

triangle9 Oct Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do...

triangle9 Oct BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

triangle9 Oct Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

triangle9 Oct Brexit theatrics continue - working class must fight for its own...

triangle7 Oct Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019

triangle2 Oct Freshers fairs 2019: Impatience for change and determination to fight

More ...

WHAT'S ON

triangle14 Oct Cambridgeshire Socialist Party: What is happening in the Middle East, and why?

triangle16 Oct Basingstoke Socialist Party: Uniting and organising workers to defend jobs and wages

triangle16 Oct North London Socialist Party: Stop Turkey's military offensive on the Syrian Kurds!

triangle16 Oct Cardiff West Socialist Party: Fascism - what it is and how to fight it

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

What we Stand For

About the Socialist Party

Joining the Socialist Party - what will it mean for you

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999