Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement

Abdullah Muhsin's review in Democratiya of Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German.
But we have come together in recognition of the new realities created by the war and to seize the opportunities created by the fall of Saddam. Given that Saddam had brutally repressed free trade unions for decades, one of the most positive outcomes of his fall was the re-emergence of a free labour movement which had been kept alive as the Workers Democratic Trade Union Movement (WDTUM) by clandestine activities inside Iraq and by exile-activists forced to leave Iraq.

And here is the great failure of the Stop the War coalition. Able to mobilise hundreds of thousands of people to try to prevent war, its leaders have proved far less adept in understanding the consequences of the fall of Saddam.

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A decent anti-war leadership would recognise the new realities and participate in providing solidarity to Iraqi democrats, socialists and trade unionists in their fight to secure a democratic Iraq. But that would mean opposing a vicious enemy that has no regards for humanity and uses the most destructive and barbaric violence to stop the march towards democracy.
Strange opposing a vicious enemy so hard for so many on the left. They'd rather poke at Sen Biden's American Flag pin.

I used to be proud to call myself a leftist. Now I feel shame. Much of the left no longer stands for the values of universal human rights and international socialism. --Peter Tatchell

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