Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/270/24556

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 September 2002

No War For Oil

Don't Let Workers Pay the Price of Bush and Blair's War

Fight For Socialism

Demonstrate 28 September

Assemble 12.30pm, Embankment.

March to Hyde Park


Build The Anti-War Movement

GEORGE W Bush's US administration appears to have adopted a 'permanent war' strategy to pursue the aims and objectives of US imperialism.

By pursuing an indeterminate war against 'terror' and the 'axis of evil', Bush's regime has signalled that it intends to continually try and use its overwhelming military power to resolve problems in its favour.

Such a policy is fraught with difficulties and will store up many new problems for the US around the world. But with war and the threat of war becoming increasingly the norm in the world capitalist system, the question of how to stop war is the most critical one facing all those hoping for a better world.

In the build-up to a war the mobilisation of mass public opinion against war through demonstrations, rallies, public meetings, strikes and mass peaceful civil disobedience, can have an effect in forcing Bush and Blair to hesitate and even delay going to war.

In the last week, opposition to military action against Iraq has increased by six points; more people in Britain are against the war than in favour. This anti-war mood has led to a drop in Labour's lead in the opinion polls with their support falling to under 40% for the first time since the fuel protests two years ago.

This opposition will be reflected on the streets of London on 28 September in what is likely to be the biggest anti-war protest in Britain so far - certainly the biggest since the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in the 1960s.

Show of strength

This massive show of strength, if built on, has the potential to shake the Blair government to its core. We have to go back from the demo to our workplaces, colleges, schools and local communities to organise an anti-war movement of the maximum size and scope possible. This will mean organising meetings, discussions, protests and direct action.

The most effective form of direct action is by the working-class, organised in the workplaces and trade unions. It has a key role to play in the building of an anti-war movement. Its potential strength has been revealed in developments around a possible fire-fighters strike over pay.

The army has admitted that if troops are used to try and break a strike, as the government is planning, it will affect their war plans. "We can't fight fires and Saddam Hussein at the same time", said one senior army official.

We need to build on the support that the anti-war movement has from the newly elected radical union leaders, who are backing Saturday's demonstration. A one-hour workplace protest and campaign of civil disobedience has been proposed for the day any attack is launched. This would be an important step forward.

If a campaign is prepared in advance, linking the anger that workers feel about low pay and privatisation to opposition to a war against Iraq, it will be possible to organise a stoppage. But it needs to be built for now, through meetings and pledges to support action in the workplaces.

The Socialist Party will also be campaigning on a second front in the struggle against war - to build a massive political alternative, a new workers' party, to take on the anti-working-class policies of Blair and New Labour and take forward the fight for a new socialist society, free from poverty, exploitation and war.

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


In The Socialist 27 September 2002:

No War For Oil

Fight For A Living Wage

Blair's Dossier Can't Justify This War

The Real Rogue State

Bush Continues Along The Warpath

No Capitalist Solution To Israel/Palestine Conflict


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 September 2002   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

War:

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangleComprehensive account of bloody conflict

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

Anti-war:

triangleTories Out demo - Photos

triangleAttacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

triangleDebates on building the anti-Trump movement

Oil:

triangleMovement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangleHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

triangleTories and Blairites in pockets of big business: kick them out!

Workers:

triangleSupport the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

Pay:

triangleArriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

Meetings:

triangleYoung socialists share ideas at London meeting

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

13/12/17

Labour

Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

13/12/17

Brexit

Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

13/12/17

Housing

Two in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

13/12/17

NHS

Save our NHS

13/12/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

13/12/17

Fees

Uni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

13/12/17

Retail

Retail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

8/12/17

Government

Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

6/12/17

Labour

Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

6/12/17

NHS

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers

6/12/17

Immigration

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

6/12/17

Banks

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

6/12/17

Homelessness

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

6/12/17

Poverty

End Tory war on poor

6/12/17

Rail

Nationalise rail now

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


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

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

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