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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 September 2001

Capitalism brings war and recession:

No To Bush And Blair's War

Build the anti-war movement

Don't let workers pay the price

Fight for a socialist world

AS WE go to press, Bush's military machine is preparing for action. Air-strikes against Afghanistan are imminent. The overwhelming majority of people feel that something must be done; that further devastating terrorist attacks must be prevented.

Christine Thomas

But bombing and sending troops into Afghanistan offer no solution. It will be ordinary workers and poor people who ultimately will pay the price. Military action threatens more instability and turmoil which could fuel further terrorist outrages.

Bush says: "You're either with us or with the terrorists" and Tony Blair agrees. But there are thousands of people who oppose terrorism without backing Bush and Blair's war aims.

There is unease about the consequences of military action. And a growing minority are demonstrating opposition in protests in the US, Britain and around the world.

Working class people have no trust in Bush and Blair to defend jobs and services. So why should we trust them to wage a 'war against terrorism'? Even before the 11 September attacks, thousands of workers faced losing their jobs. Now thousands more will pay the price for a crisis not of their making.

At the same time innocent Afghans will be killed, maimed and starved to death, so that US imperialism can defend its interests.

Bush and Blair are the representatives of an unequal and exploitative system which has condemned millions to poverty, war and oppression. These are the conditions which lay the basis for the kind of terrorist attacks which took place in the US.

While the capitalist system remains in place, terrorism will not be eradicated.

We have to organise in opposition to military action against innocent people in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

We have to build an anti-war movement to challenge Bush and Blair's war aims. But we also have to build mass socialist forces in the US, Britain and internationally to end the horrors of capitalism.

Only a socialist society would ensure an equal, co-operative and peaceful world.

National anti-war demonstration

Saturday 13 October.

Assemble 12 noon, Hyde Park, central London.

March to rally in Trafalgar Square.

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In The Socialist 28 September 2001:

No To Bush And Blair's War

BA Workers Say: We Won't Pay For Bosses' Recession

Opposition To This War Will Grow

Anti-War Voices In USA

Why is Pakistan at the centre of US war plans?

Afghanistan - No Peace And No Justice

Fighting Privatisation - The Struggle Goes On


 

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