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Organise To Walk Out Against War
BUSH AND BLAIR have issued an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein. The first bombs could be falling on Iraq within days.
Sarah Sachs Eldridge, ISR - Youth Against the War
Millions have been mobilised in the anti-war movement against this war for oil and US dominance. A crucial stage has now been reached and the time has come for more decisive action.
Last week school and college students took the lead in showing how to oppose this war. Thousands were involved in strikes, walkouts and rallies across England and Wales.
After the massive demonstrations on 15 February, it was clear that protest action would have to be taken in local areas in workplaces, schools and colleges. School students wasted no time and began organising for this action in the first classes after the demo.
The strikes and walkouts showed what is possible for Day X - the day war starts. While Tony Blair thinks he needs to go to MTV to reach young people, school and college students have taken to the streets to get their voices heard. For years young people have been accused of being apathetic and not getting involved in politics. These strikes and protests show how seriously young people feel about war on Iraq and about the world we live in.
Workers should follow the lead given by these young people. Strikes and walkouts in workplaces across the country would show Blair where the real power lies. Blair is doing his best to ignore the worldwide protests and so it is essential that we escalate the anti-war action now.
In The Socialist 14 March 2003: