By Simon Cunich, in Sydney, Australia:
In the January 24 interview with CNN, Cheney added, “We have to have the stomach to finish the task”.
But when Cheney visits Australia this month to congratulate John Howard’s government for its efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, anti-war activists will join millions of people around the world in saying: “We will stop you!”
Sydney Stop the War Coalition is planning a protest on [Thursday] February 22, the day of Cheney’s arrival.
STWC activist and Socialist Alliance candidate for the seat of Marrickville in the NSW state election, Pip Hinman, told Green Left Weekly: “While Howard and Cheney will be talking about strengthening the Australia-US alliance and ‘fighting terrorism’, we will be making clear that they are completely isolated.
“When Cheney visits we will confront him with messages that he knows are increasingly popular: We demand an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq, and we want [unindicted Australian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay] David Hicks to be brought home immediately.”
Hinman added: “Cheney is a chief mastermind and profiteer behind a war that has been responsible for the deaths of more than 650,000 civilians.
For more information about the protest rally, phone (02) 9690 1977.
See also here.
There will also be protests in Australia when Bush will visit there, on September 8.
Even hard Right Bush and Cheney advisers now oppose their escalation in Iraq … rats leaving the sinking ship?
Even Dick Cheney’s banker opposes his administration’s global warming policies: here.
Cost of the Iraq war: over a trillion US $ now, and counting.
Howard vs. Obama on Iraq: here.