Worldwide anti Iraq war demonstrations on Saturday 15 March


In this video from Britain, Kate Hudson of CND speaks at a banned anti-war demonstration in London.

From the Stop the War Coalition in Britain:

Five years after the invasion, demonstrate for troops out. London, Saturday 15 March 2008

Friday, 04 January 2008

Five years after the invasion of Iraq the world has become much more dangerous and volatile. Latest estimates suggest as many as one million have died violent deaths as a result of the occupation of Iraq. The country’s infrastructure and civil society are in shreds. Brown has promised British withdrawals but there are still 5,000 British soldiers in Iraq.

Despite talk of a change of attitude to the Bush‘s wars, Brown is Bush’s key partner in NATO’s escalation in Afghanistan, and that hidden war is fast becoming a disaster mirroring that in Iraq. Meanwhile the political chaos in Pakistan is partly a product of the War on Terror and risks further military interventions. The Stop the War Coalition has joined with CND in calling a demonstration to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion in London on Saturday March 15.

The demonstration will coincide with World Against War marches around the world agreed at the International Peace Conference in London on December 1st. It will be calling for all foreign troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and demanding there is no attack on Iran. Stop the War is asking all groups to start mobilising for this demonstration now. More details and a leaflet will be available shortly.

See also here.

15 March demonstration in Glasgow, Scotland: here.

16 March demonstrations in Australia: here.

Bush exploits Strait of Hormuz incident to threaten Iran: here; see also here.

4 thoughts on “Worldwide anti Iraq war demonstrations on Saturday 15 March

  1. ALERT!

    U.S. war provocation against Iran: Another Tonkin Gulf?
    Take Action NOW to Stop War on Iran!

    The Bush Administration has initiated an extremely dangerous war provocation just off Iran’s coast, in the Strait of Hormuz. With Bush on his way to the Middle East to mobilize a collection of oil-rich U.S. client states against Iran, the U.S. government is working overtime to create a public-relations incident to heighten tensions in the region and threaten a new war. We must take action now to Stop War on Iran.

    On Jan. 6, the U.S. Navy alleged that a “confrontation” took place between three massive guided-missile U.S. attack vessels and five small, open Iranian speedboats at the entrance to the Persian Gulf in the world’s most important and busiest sea lanes. The Navy even produced a video purporting to show the Iranian speedboats approaching the U.S. warships.
    HELP BUILD A GRASSROOTS MOBILIZATION TO STOP A U.S. ATTACK ON IRAN!

    NO Phony Provocations!

    In the coming days, we must mobilize like never before to Stop War on Iran! We need your help to do this. Please consider making an emergency donation at http://stopwaroniran.org/donate.shtml.

    But the Iranian media on Jan. 9 quoted an Iranian official as saying, “Images released by the U.S. Department of Defense about the Navy vessels were made from file pictures, and the audio was fabricated.”

    Nearly five years ago, the Bush Administration, with active collaboration from Congress and the media, led the U.S. into war, claiming that Iraq possessed chemical and nuclear weapons and that the people of Iraq were behind the attacks on 9/11. Now the Bush Administration is clearly grasping for some excuse – any excuse – to attack Iran. Once the National Intelligence Estimate revealed that Bush has been lying about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, the hawks in his Administration have begun looking for any justification, real or fabricated, to sell a military attack they have been planning for years.

    The real provocation here doesn’t come from Iran. The U.S. currently has half of its Navy off the coast of Iran, including nuclear-armed aircraft carriers, guided-missile destroyers, frigates, cruisers and submarines.

    Meanwhile, Bush is spending eight days visiting Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The purpose of his trip is to convince these corrupt, feudal regimes, which are dependent U.S.-client states, that Iran represents a dangerous threat, in preparation for a U.S. attack.

    U.S. warships a constant threat

    The U.S. Navy has again and again held major war games to plan for and stage just such a confrontation with Iran. The Pentagon has announced that it has already set targets on thousands of sites in Iran.

    Even the video released to the media – if looked at closely- belies the very story that is being drummed up by the Bush administration. It shows five small open-air Iranian speedboats buzzing in the distance, far from the USS Hopper. Iranian boats have every right to patrol and defend their own coastal waters.

    It should be noted that, according to the Pentagon’s own description, the USS Hopper is a guided-missile destroyer. It carries an M240 machine gun that can fire 10 armor-piercing projectiles per second and is capable of carrying nuclear missiles that can destroy whole cities. This high-tech ship weighs 8,373 tons and measures 504 feet in length. It was traveling in convoy with the USS Port Royal–a guided-missile cruiser that weighs 9,600 tons fully loaded and has a length of 567 feet and is also capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles–and the guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham, weighing 4,100 tons and measuring 445 feet in length.

    These three deadly ships are just a small part of the U.S. Navy armada arrayed off the Iranian coast.

    We Must Act Now to Stop War on Iran
    No New Tonkin Gulf!

    Even after 16 of the top U.S. spy agencies publicly released a National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran has no nuclear program, at least since 2003, nor nuclear weapons, the Bush administration has continued to threaten Iran.

    It is important to remember that the massive U.S. bombing of Vietnam and the Johnson administration’s escalation of the war was preceded by reports of an attack on a U.S. destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam – which years later was finally admitted to be phony.

    On Aug. 2 and 4, 1964, the Pentagon claimed that small Vietnamese boats had fired on the USS Maddox and another destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin. Lyndon Johnson used this “attack” as pretext for ramming a resolution through Congress giving him the power and funds to wage war on Vietnam.

    Johnson’s own papers later revealed it was a fraud, and later Defense Secretary Robert McNamara admitted in the film “Fog of War” that the whole incident had been phony.

    Nearly all the Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress, including the present major contenders for the presidential nomination, voted for resolutions against Iran. In a staged or fraudulent confrontation with Iran, with wild charges from the corporate-owned media, Congressional opposition is highly unlikely. The only force that will stop an attack on a Iran is a massive, grassroots campaign.

    It is more urgent then ever that we raise a global alert.

    We must continue to mobilize and act to Stop the War on Iran BEFORE it starts! It is essential that the anti-war movement denounce this latest provocation by the Bush Administration.

    The Stop War on Iran campaign was the first international campaign launched to oppose Bush’s plans to attack Iran. Since our founding in 2006, with initiators including George Galloway, MP; Ramsey Clark; Tony Benn, MP; Dennis Halliday; Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature; Margarita Papandreou, former First Lady of Greece; Ervand Abrahamian, Prof. ME History, Author, Between Two Revolutions; and David N. Rahni, Professor and scholar; and dozens more, we have now generated more than half a million petitions sent to President Bush, Congress, and major media.

    But we must do more. In the coming days, we will be mobilizing like never before to stop another bipartisan rush to war. We need your help to do this. Please consider making an emergency donation at http://stopwaroniran.org/donate.shtml .

    We must join forces to demand:
    U.S. Navy Out of the Gulf!
    U.S. Troops Out of Iraq!
    We need Jobs, Health Care and Housing, Not Endless War!

    1. Sign the Petition – http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml

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  2. ONE OF THE STRONGEST CRITICISMS OF THE CURRENT U.S. ADMINISTRATION, BY A RESPECTED FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
    Why I Believe Bush Must Go
    Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse.
    By George McGovern
    Sunday, January 6, 2008; B01

    As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.

    After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign. I thought that my joining the impeachment effort would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance toward the president who had defeated me.

    Today I have made a different choice.

    Of course, there seems to be little bipartisan support for impeachment. The political scene is marked by narrow and sometimes superficial partisanship, especially among Republicans, and a lack of courage and statesmanship on the part of too many Democratic politicians. So the chances of a bipartisan impeachment and conviction are not promising.

    But what are the facts?

    Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly “high crimes and misdemeanors,” to use the constitutional standard.

    From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team’s assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged — perhaps even by a congressional investigation.

    In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against Iraq. That irresponsible venture has killed almost 4,000 Americans, left many times that number mentally or physically crippled, claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Iraqis (according to a careful October 2006 study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and laid waste their country. The financial cost to the United States is now $250 million a day and is expected to exceed a total of $1 trillion, most of which we have borrowed from the Chinese and others as our national debt has now climbed above $9 trillion — by far the highest in our national history.

    All of this has been done without the declaration of war from Congress that the Constitution clearly requires, in defiance of the U.N. Charter and in violation of international law. This reckless disregard for life and property, as well as constitutional law, has been accompanied by the abuse of prisoners, including systematic torture, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

    I have not been heavily involved in singing the praises of the Nixon administration. But the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election. The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush. Indeed, has any administration in our national history been so damaging as the Bush-Cheney era?

    How could a once-admired, great nation fall into such a quagmire of killing, immorality and lawlessness?

    It happened in part because the Bush-Cheney team repeatedly deceived Congress, the press and the public into believing that Saddam Hussein had nuclear arms and other horrifying banned weapons that were an “imminent threat” to the United States. The administration also led the public to believe that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks — another blatant falsehood. Many times in recent years, I have recalled Jefferson’s observation: “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”

    The basic strategy of the administration has been to encourage a climate of fear, letting it exploit the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks not only to justify the invasion of Iraq but also to excuse such dangerous misbehavior as the illegal tapping of our telephones by government agents. The same fear-mongering has led government spokesmen and cooperative members of the press to imply that we are at war with the entire Arab and Muslim world — more than a billion people.

    Another shocking perversion has been the shipping of prisoners scooped off the streets of Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other countries without benefit of our time-tested laws of habeas corpus.

    Although the president was advised by the intelligence agencies last August that Iran had no program to develop nuclear weapons, he continued to lie to the country and the world. This is the same strategy of deception that brought us into war in the Arabian Desert and could lead us into an unjustified invasion of Iran. I can say with some professional knowledge and experience that if Bush invades yet another Muslim oil state, it would mark the end of U.S. influence in the crucial Middle East for decades.

    Ironically, while Bush and Cheney made counterterrorism the battle cry of their administration, their policies — especially the war in Iraq — have increased the terrorist threat and reduced the security of the United States. Consider the difference between the policies of the first President Bush and those of his son. When the Iraqi army marched into Kuwait in August 1990, President George H.W. Bush gathered the support of the entire world, including the United Nations, the European Union and most of the Arab League, to quickly expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The Saudis and Japanese paid most of the cost. Instead of getting bogged down in a costly occupation, the administration established a policy of containing the Baathist regime with international arms inspectors, no-fly zones and economic sanctions. Iraq was left as a stable country with little or no capacity to threaten others.

    Today, after five years of clumsy, mistaken policies and U.S. military occupation, Iraq has become a breeding ground of terrorism and bloody civil strife. It is no secret that former president Bush, his secretary of state, James A. Baker III, and his national security adviser, Gen. Brent Scowcroft, all opposed the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    In addition to the shocking breakdown of presidential legal and moral responsibility, there is the scandalous neglect and mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. The veteran CNN commentator Jack Cafferty condenses it to a sentence: “I have never ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans.” Any impeachment proceeding must include a careful and critical look at the collapse of presidential leadership in response to perhaps the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Impeachment is unlikely, of course. But we must still urge Congress to act. Impeachment, quite simply, is the procedure written into the Constitution to deal with presidents who violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. It is also a way to signal to the American people and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an American patriot.

    As former representative Elizabeth Holtzman, who played a key role in the Nixon impeachment proceedings, wrote two years ago, “it wasn’t until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country’s laws — that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate. . . . A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law — and repeatedly violates the law — thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors.”
    I believe we have a chance to heal the wounds the nation has suffered in the opening decade of the 21st century. This recovery may take a generation and will depend on the election of a series of rational presidents and Congresses. At age 85, I won’t be around to witness the completion of the difficult rebuilding of our sorely damaged country, but I’d like to hold on long enough to see the healing begin.

    There has never been a day in my adult life when I would not have sacrificed that life to save the United States from genuine danger, such as the ones we faced when I served as a bomber pilot in World War II. We must be a great nation because from time to time, we make gigantic blunders, but so far, we have survived and recovered.
    anmcgove@dwu.edu

    © 2008 The Washington Post Company

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  3. Please join the online campaign to
    SAY NO! TO BUSH’S FRAUDULENT IRAN WAR-MONGERING PROVOCATION!
    Your Emergency Action is Needed Now!

    Don’t Let Washington Provoke Another War Based on Lies and Fraud!

    In the past week, the Bush Administration has been caught red-handed manufacturing the highly publicized “provocation” off the Iranian coast on Jan. 6 when five small Iranian open-air speedboats allegedly challenged three massive U. S. guided-missile warships. The U.S. Navy has now admitted that it had spliced together the audio and video tape it presented as evidence and that the threatening voice on the video warning “you may explode” may not have belonged to any Iranian sailors.

    This incident was manufactured just days before President Bush departed for an eight-day trip to the Middle East, attempting to mobilize a collection of oil-rich U.S. client states against Iran and using the video as the evidence.

    We must demand a People’s Inquiry to find out who manufactured this video? Who spliced
    Help build a movement to STOP another war based on lies.

    In the next few days and weeks, Stop War on Iran will be organizing meetings, speakouts, and a massive grassroots campaign to expose and stop the Bush Administration’s drive to war.

    Stop War on Iran was the first international campaign formed to oppose Washington’s agenda of war against Iran, and we have generated more than half a million petitions in the past two years. We have been a presence at every major antiwar demonstration and have organized meetings across the U.S.

    But it is clear that we must do more, and we need your help to do that. Please consider making an emergency donation. You can donate online at http://stopwaroniran.org/donate.shtml
    together completely different sound and video footage? Who signed off on it? Who distributed it to all the major media?

    We must hold the administration accountable, because we know that this is not the first time that a manufactured U.S. crisis has launched a war.

    On Feb. 5, 2003, the Bush administration presented satellite photos to the United Nations to prove that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction. This followed Bush’s assertion that Iraq was attempting to purchase yellow cake uranium from Niger, a statement that he knew was untrue. The Downing Street memos have revealed that the Bush administration was engaged in a deliberate attempt to falsify intelligence in order to justify a war they had been planning for years.

    Before the first Gulf War in 1991 the photo images of Iraqi units supposedly massed to invade on the Saudi Arabia border also turned out to be totally fraudulent.

    Manufactured evidence was also used in the famous “Gulf of Tonkin Incident,” when North Vietnamese Coast Guard boats supposedly attacked two U.S. destroyers off the coast of Vietnam in August 1964. This fraud provided the justification for a Congressional resolution authorizing the escalation of the U.S. war against Vietnam.

    This latest fabrication comes after a National Intelligence Estimate from 16 top U.S. spy agencies publicly reported that Iran has not had nuclear weapons program since at least 2003, nor do they have any nuclear weapons.

    We must demand a People’s Inquiry

    What is most ominous about this is that no major U.S. politician – no one in Congressional leadership, none of the leading Presidential candidates – has denounced it, nor have they called for an inquiry or investigation. Neither the U.S. Congress – now in session – nor any of its committees, all of them now controlled by the Democratic majority elected on an anti-war vote, took action, even when it become clear that the entire incident was fabricated.

    With almost half the U.S. Navy hovering off the coast of Iran, this war provocation must be challenged and confronted. The largest and deadliest ships in world history armed and in attack mode, with targets selected, are now off the coast of Iran. We must take action now to stop an attack on Iran, and demand that the Bush administration be held accountable for its campaign of lies, provocation, and hostility.

    We must demand a full investigation of this war provocation and the illegal war games that the U.S. Navy has been staging in the Persian Gulf, in order to prevent Bush and the Pentagon from using this scenario or another staged operation to launch an attack on Iran.

    The Stop War On Iran Campaign also urges rank-and-file Navy personnel on U.S. ships in the Gulf and lower ranking officers to reveal what they know of U.S. war preparations, war games in the region, and the attempts to create a provocation in the Gulf in order to justify Washington’s plans to attack Iran.

    We must take action now to expose the lies of the Bush administration before it moves forward with devastating military action. Please sign the statement at http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml – which will go to the White House, Congress, and the major media, to demand an inquiry into this latest incident and into the Bush administration’s drive to war.

    Sign the Statement | Donate | Volunteer | Tell a Friend

    Stop War On Iran – 55 West 17th St, 5C, New York, NY 10011 – 212.633.6646

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  4. From: irenevans@hetnet.nl

    Subject: February 26th, 2008: Global Action Day – World Social Forum 2008

    Global Action Day — World Social Forum 2008
    February 26th, 2008

    At the Secretariat of the World Forum of Civil Society Networks — UBUNTU, we are convinced that we replicate the opinion and will of many of our participants when we add these few lines to the web as a way to virtually participating in this call for a global mobilisation repeating, as we have always done in all World Social Forums:

    * “To make another world possible…
    * … reform international institutions”

    http://www.wsf2008.net/es
    http://www.reformcampaign.net

    See below a text by Federico Mayor in this respect:

    A huge popular clamour is necessary so that rulers and world institutions urgently adopt measures to put into practice the Millennium Goals and counteract the very grave fractures that the social fabric is experiencing due to an economy which appears guided by market laws instead of universal democratic principles: justice, freedom, equality and solidarity. To the “inconvenient truth” represented by the environmental deterioration, we must urgently add the “even more inconvenient truth”: the people. The way in which most world inhabitants live.

    While 3 billion US dollars are daily invested in weapons, 60.000 persons die from starvation!

    We must all go on the peace path! It is time to facilitate the transition from might to words, from a culture of imposition and violence to a culture of dialogue, alliance, mutual knowledge, peace.

    Another world is possible!

    Federico Mayor Zaragoza
    January 2008

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