Our Say

After G8 and the London bombings - the way forward

London terror attacks condemned

After Live 8:
from pressure to action

The G8 summit and political power

Make the G8 leaders history

A sham election

10 good reasons to boycott May 5

Don't be blackmailed into voting

Reject ‘dependency’ politics

No votes for New Labour!

Parliament seals its own fate

A secret policeman's government

Vote for "none of the above"

How to remember the victims of the tsunami

A state of crisis

New Labour and the big lie

Yasser Arafat - a revolutionary life

After the US election

Blood on New Labour's hands

Butler and weapons of mass deception

With 'leaders' like these, who needs enemies?

How to meet the threat from the right

Barbarians at the gate

Torture, values and lies

The silence of the lambs

War crimes in Iraq

The slaughter in Madrid

The unfinished business of the miners’ strike 1984-85

L’état – c’est New Labour

The death of liberal democracy foretold

Hutton washes the state whiter than white

Top-up fees and the market economy

Our challenge for 2004

New Labour's march to a police state

Bush & Blair - partners in crime

London Region revolts against FBU leaders

Postal workers in the front line

No turning back

Where we go from here

Stop the War Coalition leaders and political fabrication

Regime change begins at home

Blood on New Labour's hands

There's more involved than just Blair

New Labour, lies and spies

Firefighters should reject deal and disown leaders

BECTU vote on New Labour link a step forward

Time runs out for FBU leaders

New Labour's one-party state

The blind alley of crude anti-Americanism

Occupation of Iraq - time to move beyond protest

War is a test for principles

Iraqi defiance shocks and awes

FBU leaders who backed capitulation should resign now

Down with New Labour's war - for regime change in Britain

FBU at war with New Labour

New Labour, not just Blair, is the target

50 years since the death of Stalin - an assessment

FBU finds itself in Precott's trap

War is Peace - Blair's fictitious 'push for peace'

15/2: Global marches put power on the agenda

Crisis of globalisation behind attack on Iraq

Tell it how it is

An injury to one is an injury to all

War plans expose fraudulent 'democracy'

A 'regime change' in Britain is the answer to war on Iraq

FBU needs a new strategy

Challenging New Labour

A moment of truth in the fight against New Labour

Gilchrist says it how it is

Time to defy the anti-union laws in support of the FBU

FBU must ask for solidarity strikes

FBU leaders must ask for support now

New Labour provokes confrontation

Italian police attack No-Global movement

New Labour declares war on FBU

Don't let the FBU fight alone

UN writes a blank cheque for war

Blood on Putin's hands

Unions must support firefighters with action not words

Support the firefighters - defeat New Labour

Bush-Blair war agenda revealed

Seeing through New Labour's weapons of mass deception

The US media and the new garrison state

The BEGINNING of Politics

How technology could
free humanity

'Terminator' engineering: A threat to humanity

The future is socialist

Asylum legislation fuels racist attacks

Road map to the future

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Terror attacks condemned

The July 7 bomb attacks in London must be roundly condemned. They are cowardly and absolutely reactionary, as all such terrorist acts are.

The perpetrators set out to kill indiscriminately people unable to defend themselves. Not only were the bombs timed to kill and maim ordinary people on their way to work, but they targeted people in the one of the most multicultural cities of the world. Hospitals had to use the services of translators to treat the injured.

Those hurt or killed in the attacks have no connection with the government or the authorities. Far from striking a blow at the British government and the state, the bombings play directly into the hands of the authorities. As many have already pointed out, Home Secretary Clarke will use them to rush through new powers that will affect everyone and increase surveillance on all opponents of New Labour's policies.

As a Kent reader of The Independent wrote: "Aside from the human distress, these bombings have done more to ease the course of illiberal legislation through Parliament than anything else ever could. So, stand-by for more CCTV and satellite surveillance, black boxes in your cars, more stop and search, the hounding of ethnic communities, and yes, the compulsory issue of ID cards with heaven knows what information on them."

This comes only days after millions of people in Britain and around the world showed their hostility to the G8 leaders by supporting Live 8 and marching in Edinburgh and Gleneagles. Now the attention is switched away from these issues as a result of these despicable attacks.

Londoners took part in the biggest of all anti-war demonstrations in 2003, marking the city's opposition to the illegal occupation of Iraq. Now the same city has to pay the price of its government's policies.

Many people warned that Britain would become a target as a result of its endorsement of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. An early warning came from singer George Michael, who said that sending British troops to Iraq made British people open to terror attacks. Many will be aware that governments, headed by Blair, Bush, Berlusconi and other G8 leaders, are imposing free market capitalism in Iraq through the barrel of a gun and are responsible for the deaths of 100,000 innocent men, women and children.

Those killed and injured on July 7 were not consulted by the government when it took the decision to invade Iraq. It is certain that the war against terror has made us more, not less vulnerable to terrorism. In addition, the government is proving incapable of defending its citizens from the consequences. Despite the brave actions of firefighters, medical staff, transport workers, and others, more than 50 people have paid with their lives.

Terrorism cannot be defeated by the "war on terror", which only deepens the problem because it refuses to address the causes of terrorism. All those opposed to these barbarous attacks should redouble their efforts to campaign for deep-going democratic political change towards a society free from exploitation and oppression, at home and abroad.

Movement for a Socialist Future
8 July 2005