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Get The Troops Out
THAT'S WHAT the majority of people in Britain are saying - according to an NOP poll taken this week.
The horrendous photos of coalition troops torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners have driven down support for the war and occupation of Iraq to an all-time low.
Months ago the Red Cross and Amnesty International produced reports of abuse at the hands of British troops.
These acts, and those by US forces, are not the work of a few "bad apples" but "systematic" according to Amnesty. 37 incidents of suspected cold-blooded murder by British troops are reported, including the death of eight-year-old Hanan Matrud.
Blair says that he "didn't know" what was going on. Does he really think that we will buy that?
He took Britain into Bush's war for oil and to secure US imperialism's domination of the Middle East, ignoring mass protests here and internationally.
He has declared undying support for Bush at every turn. He and his government share the blame for the thousands of Iraqis who have died and for all the atrocities that coalition troops are carrying out in Iraq.
Torture, murder, violence and poverty - this is the daily reality for ordinary Iraqis. And it will continue to be so as long as the occupation troops remain.
End the occupation. Withdraw the troops now.
Let the Iraqi people determine their own future.
Build the socialist alternative.
In The Socialist 15 May 2004:
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