Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/475/2083

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2007

Bush & Blair

Get out of Iraq

Workers' unity against war, terror and sectarianism

No to Trident

Tony Blair pours money into Trident, photo Suz, from Socilaism Today issue 107

Tony Blair pours money into Trident, photo Suz, from Socialism Today issue 107

A group of Iraqi teachers visiting Britain have described how their normal life in Baghdad includes seeing 'corpses and flying body parts' as they travel to work. Teachers have been gunned down in schools, simply for teaching.

Jenny Brooks

Altogether, around 3,500 Iraqi people are dying each week now in the sectarian bloodbath. This is the reality of US president Bush's 'democratisation' of Iraq.

Not surprisingly, an escalating number of people are fleeing the violence. Over two million have fled the country, mainly to Syria and Jordan, and 1.8 million are living as refugees within Iraq. This amounts to the displacement of 15% of Iraq's population, the biggest population movement in the region since hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced out of Palestine in 1948.

While the Iraqi people are paying by far the worst price of Bush and Blair's war, over 3,000 US and British soldiers have also lost their lives, and US and British workers are being forced to fund all this terrible devastation.

Bush is asking the US congress for extra military funding for Iraq and Afghanistan - from people's taxes - which will bring the overall US cost of the two wars to a staggering $745 billion. The planned US military budget for 2008 will be an expenditure of almost $20,000 for every second of that year!

Blair's New Labour government has spent over 6 billion of public money on the two wars, and is now planning extra spending of 76 billion on a replacement for the UK's Trident nuclear warheads.

While ordinary people suffer the effects of these vast military budgets, there are always sickeningly-rich individuals who benefit from wars. Although the oil multi-nationals have yet to make gains from Iraq's shattered oil industry, others are profiting. Of around $16.5 billion that has gone into 'reconstruction', huge amounts have been siphoned off into 'security costs' and pocketed as 'profits', bribes or been simply stolen. The US Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group estimated that between five and seven billion dollars has gone missing each year.

As Bush and Blair continue to refuse to end their disastrous wars and occupations, it is the urgent task of the anti-war movements in both countries to force them to do so. Just before the Iraq war, the anti-war movement in Britain held the largest demonstration ever, comprising two million people. Since then, after four years of news showing the blood-soaked effects of the war, anger against the government and opposition to the war has increased.

The 24 February Stop the War Coalition and CND national demonstration is an important event as part of the process of re-mobilising the anti-war movement. However, it is vital that the anti-war movement, together with the trade unions, discusses further concrete steps to develop a mass campaign of opposition that cannot be ignored. Support for it would be overwhelming if a determined and convincing lead is given.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 February 2007:

Bush & Blair: Get out of Iraq

Iraq 'surge' doomed to failure

Italy: Thousands march against US military base


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

No to Trident!

North Korea: Talks achieve new accord

Anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-capitalist? Read the socialist!


Socialist Students

Students can defeat fees

Another profit-making racket

Living in debt - with no advice

Defend further education


Socialist Party Congress

The politics of socialism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets

Children at the sharp end of British capitalism

Banking billionaires

Drug companies squeeze profits out of health

Hospitals crisis worsens

Fighting homophobia


Environment

Climate change - we have to act now


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

CWI world congress: How will new workers' parties be built?


Workplace news and analysis

Valentine's day protest

Unique Care workers plan more protests

Israeli postal workers storm trade union HQ


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 February 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Iraq:

triangle'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangleAttacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

War:

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

triangleRussia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangleShocking insight into Isis

triangleChe Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

US:

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

triangleJoin the Orgreave Halloween rally

Anti-war:

triangleTories Out demo - Photos

triangleDebates on building the anti-Trump movement

Trident:

triangleNHS cyberattack: budget cuts and spy agency to blame

Oil:

triangleHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

Britain:

triangleCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

International

International

18/10/17

Hong Kong

Campaign against political repression in Hong Kong

11/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

4/10/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

4/10/17

Catalonia

Eyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

2/10/17

Catalonia

Exemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

27/9/17

Germany

Germany: Election results in political earthquake

27/9/17

Catalonia

Strike against Madrid's 'state of emergency'!

27/9/17

Germany

German elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

27/9/17

France

French Labour reform protests

25/9/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Student strike called

20/9/17

Myanmar

Brutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian crisis

20/9/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia in the Spanish state

15/9/17

Germany

Berlin hospital strike

13/9/17

Korea

Korean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

13/9/17

Students

Interview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2