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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 September 2003

Build a movement against the occupation of Iraq

Join the Stop the War Coalition demo, 27 September, 12 noon Hyde Park. On 15 February 30 million people took part in the biggest worldwide movement in history.

We were trying to stop the brutal conquest of Iraq. Everything that has happened since has proved we were right...

No weapons of mass destruction have been found.

But the oil has been! As the occupation began - while Iraq faced chaos - US and British troops were sent to guard the oil. In Mosul, for example, only 200 troops were left in the city itself while 2,000 were used to establish a firm grip on the nearby oil fields.

In Baghdad, the oil ministry was protected immediately US forces gained control of the city, while the very same forces stood idly by as widespread looting, including of hospitals, took place.

British big-business has been rewarded for Blair's devotion to Bush - the British oil companies Shell and BP - were the first to be offered long-term rights to supply Iraqi oil.

Iraqi opposition to the US-led occupation grows daily.

Scores of US and British troops have been killed since 1 May - the date the war 'officially' ended.

15 to 25 Iraqi civilians shot dead daily in Baghdad.

Baghdad and Basra still have only sporadic electricity and water supplies. Mass protests and riots have taken place in Basra against the failure of the British occupying authority to provide enough fuel or electricity.

No democratic elections. The US administration cancelled the only democratic elections that had been planned, and they were only in one province.

There is no timetable for any democratic elections to take place.

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In The Socialist 6 September 2003:

Teach Blair A Lesson Build a new workers' party

Blair's head still spinning

Fight low pay, job cuts and privatisation in Royal Mail

Death and destruction in Iraq

Stop SATs: Unions must take action

How to beat top-up fees

Asylum seekers: Blunkett's harsh policies ignore reality

Daggers drawn in the BNP

Understanding Marxism - a guide to action

Will new IVF proposals end the postcode lottery?

London blackout: Chaos shows up failure to invest

TUC conference: Opportunities for the Left

Civil service union challenges New Labour's pension pans

Are the unions on a collision course with Blair and the bosses?

Royal Mail's spin doctor

Strike action on the increase

Israel/Palestine: Ceasefire collapses as Sharon targets Palestinian leaders

Italy - a 'hot autumn' awaits Berlusconi

Build a movement against the occupation of Iraq

Iraq: Can the occupation be stopped?


 

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