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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 March 2004

March Against Liars And Occupiers

NO MATTER how often Tony Blair tries to sweep it under the carpet, the war on Iraq keeps reappearing.

Just as the government "sexed up" the "dodgy dossier" on Iraq's (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction to justify the war and occupation, it also appears that the legal basis for going to war was also "sexed-up".

The latest revelation follows the collapse of the government's legal case against whistleblower Katherine Gun, which would have shown that British spies were involved in bugging UN secretary general Kofi Annan's office in the run-up to war last year.

Behind these dirty tricks was the fact that Tony Blair and George Bush couldn't convince a majority of UN security council member states to support a war on Iraq. Nor did Blair's government have any sound legal reasons for arguing that Saddam Hussein's regime was in breach of UN resolutions, which would allow Britain to go to war.

Bloody aftermath

This war and its bloody aftermath have been a disaster for most Iraqis. Thousands of civilians have been killed and many more maimed both by the war and the subsequent political turmoil under the US/British-led occupation.

The freedoms promised the Iraqi people after Saddam's overthrow have not materialised. Talk of democratic rights and elections under the US-run stooge Iraq Governing Council is just that - talk!

 Sectarian politicians of the three main ethnic groups are threatening civil war if they don't get power. There's mass unemployment, widespread poverty, and the war-torn and sanctions-squeezed infrastructure has crumbled. Even oil production is less today than before the war.

Henchmen

Yet Bush and Blair and their henchmen continue to argue in the teeth of such evidence that things are now better in Iraq!

These warmongers are in denial. Their imperialist plans to control Iraq as a staging post for imposing their political will on the region and plundering Iraq's oil wealth are in tatters.

Bush and Blair are desperately trying to find an exit strategy ahead of crucial domestic elections. But no matter how much they deny and gloss over this bloody war, their scheming only further enrages a growing opposition in Britain and the US.

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