The World At Anti-War

The World At Antiwar
A photo from the March 2004 global protests

This Saturday, millions of people around the world will march in protest against the illegal invasion and continued illegal occupation of Iraq:

Worldwide demonstrations: . All demos on 18/3/2006 unless otherwise stated. add event to march-in-march.org

We’ll be a disparate group, covering every race, creed and a broad political spectrum. This isn’t a gathering of fringe loony lefties.

This is the biggest political mass-movement in history.

We’re marching to protest the mayhem in contemporary Iraq, a country bludgeoned first by a USA-approved dictator and now by the USA itself. We’re marching to get our troops recalled from this bloodbath, this insane oil crusade instigated by the rapacious doctrine of PNAC. Most of all, we’re marching to prevent Iran being next on Bush’s checklist of oil-grabs.

If you’re a UK citizen, I believe you have an extra responsibility to get off your arse and take part in this protest. It’s our premier, Butcher Blair, that was one of the prime supporters of Bush and the neoCon agenda. Currently, he’s mewling and appealing to a giant ghost to judge him on his Iraq record. He conveniently omits any mention of the illegality, the publicity stunts, the ’45 minutes’ lie, all the odious tactics he used to curry support for Bush’s invasion. I think Harold Pinter summed up Blair’s mendacity very succinctly:

As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq had a relationship with Al Quaeda and shared responsibility for the atrocity in New York of September 11th 2001. We were assured that this was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq threatened the security of the world. We were assured it was true. It was not true.
(Source: The Guardian)

If none of the above moves you, let me make one final appeal: the US is now moving to a 1984-like program of total, never-ending war. Is this a world you want to live in? Is it a world you want your children to inherit?

Only one force can stop this madness, this exploding tumour of American Global Imperialism and that’s the mobilisation of millions of ordinary people. Us. We’re the ones caught between Bin Laden and Bush, we’re the ones told we must choose sides. Indeed we must: we have to say no to both imperialism and terrorism.

It’s up to us. There’s no-one else who can do the job.