By Andrew Murray, chair of the Stop The War Coalition in Britain:
Stop Blair’s war machine
Demonstrate in London 24 February
Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan
No to Trident nuclear replacement
This must be the year when the anti-war movement forces an end to the disastrous occupation of Iraq and reverses the direction of government foreign and military strategy.
That is why the Stop the War Coalition and CND are joining forces once more to mobilise tens of thousands of people from across the country onto the streets of London.
We will be marching on Saturday 24 February to demand troops out of Iraq and no Trident replacement – two demands which command huge public support.
It is hard to find anyone still prepared to defend the catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Elements in the US establishment are starting to look for a way out.
However, it seems likely that George Bush will boost troop levels in the short-term as part of a “last push” to crush resistance in Iraq and stabilise the puppet government in Baghdad.
Inevitably, Tony Blair will be forced to go along with the new strategy, which will surely lead to a further huge loss of life in suffering Iraq.
As for Trident replacement, it represents a clear breach of Britain’s nuclear non-proliferation obligations.
Nobody is able to give a remotely sensible answer to the question as to under what circumstances and against whom it might ever be used.
The immense cost of replacing Trident is all the more scandalous when set alongside the hospital cuts and closures being imposed on the NHS.
The government’s priorities are the exact reverse of those of the labour movement and the public in general.
The government is highly vulnerable.
We are at the fag-end of Blair’s premiership, and both the prime minister and his war policy are terminally discredited.
So the time is right for one “last push” from the anti-war movement as well.
A huge turnout on 24 February must be the start of a mighty push for peace that gets the troops out of Iraq and stops the Trident replacement scandal in its tracks.
On the same day, also peace demonstration in Glasgow in Scotland: here.
Anti war demonstration in Detroit, USA: here.
Big anti war demonstration in Washington, DC, USA, on 27 January: here.
From The Daily Telegraph:
Tony Blair a ‘serial liar’ over the war in Iraq
29 apr 05
TONY Blair’s credibility has been blown apart by the bombshell leak of the Attorney-General’s top-secret legal advice on invading Iraq.
It revealed that the Prime Minister persistently lied to Parliament and the public about the legal basis for the war.
For two years Mr Blair has refused to publish the advice, citing confidentiality, while insisting the Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith was “unequivocal” that the war was lawful.
The sensational leak to a TV news station reveals the true reason for its suppression – it was full of warnings that the invasion could be illegal.
It means the PM has not told the truth on the pivotal question: Was the war legal?
From the Morning Star:
Dangers of alienation
(Friday 29 April 2005)
TRY as they may, neither the Prime Minister nor the Attorney General can square the circle over the miraculous transformation of the latter’s advice on the legality or otherwise of the invasion of Iraq.
Lord Goldsmith’s advice to the Prime Minister on March 7 2003 was not simply a summary of the various arguments for and against legality. It effectively cautioned the Prime Minister against going to war without a second UN resolution.
He told Mr Blair that, if any assessment of whether UN security council resolution 1441 authorised war was needed, “it would be for the council to make it.”
It is unsustainable to suggest, as Lord Goldsmith did subsequently, that the 1441 reference to Iraq facing possible “serious consequences,” in the event of it failing to co-operate fully with UN, could trigger an attack without further ado.
It ignores the fact that China, Russia and France had insisted on that wording precisely because they did not want Washington to press on with its war plans without recourse to the security council.
It fails also to take account of UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix’s report that Iraq was, indeed, co-operating and that weaponry was being destroyed.
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