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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The slaughter in Madrid

The terrorist slaughter in Madrid now claimed by Al-Qaeda, is terrible proof that a state that is tied to corporate interests and which shows an indifference to the fate of countless millions, is incapable of protecting its citizens against these kind of attacks.

Whether in Spain, Britain or the United States, the state promotes policies and actions that serve to increase the recruiting capacity of groups like Al-Qaeda. Their championing of global, free-market capitalism has left much of the developing world in poverty, widening the gap between rich and poor at home and abroad.

Far from being democratic, the Bush and Blair regimes back corrupt and brutal dictatorships like those in Saudia Arabia or Egypt. They turn a blind eye of indifference to the daily destruction of Palestinian homes and lives by the reactionary and racist Israeli government.

The US and British governments deceived their own people through disinformation and downright lies to justify a pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq that killed thousands of civilians and brought chaos to that country. As one placard in Madrid put it, "Aznar you are responsible, we are the victims", in a reference to the outgoing Spanish prime minister's backing for the war.

None of this, of course, can excuse or justify in any way the mass murder of workers in Madrid, which we condemn. These were cowardly attacks, directed not against the state but at ordinary working people who are much easier targets. This blind hatred of everything "Western" leads to actions that dismiss the fact that more than 80% of Spaniards were opposed to the attack on Iraq. They were killing the very people that marched in their millions against the war only a year ago.

Further, the abuse of Islam in order to provide a spurious legitimacy to these attacks worsens the position of the millions of Muslims who live and work in Europe and North America. They are subjected to increased racial attacks and the oppressive attention of the state.

Far from damaging Bush and Blair, these bombings enable them to pose as "defenders of democracy" and to denounce terrorism as the "greatest threat to our way of life", which leaves out global warming, Aids, the destruction of natural resources, starvation throughout Africa, growing inequality among other issues that threaten the survival of the planet.

Blair, in his usual profound way, has reduced the whole affair to the fight between "good and evil". He undoubtedly would have had a key role in the Holy Crusades waged by the Catholic Church 900 years ago. Meanwhile, the state in Britain and elsewhere continues to take greater and greater powers unto itself at the expense of democratic rights and liberties.

Thus the "war on terror" - a concept that is so ill-defined that it can mean anything - becomes a war on the people as well. This "war" could last indefinitely, say its apologists. Which is convenient for the state in countries like Britain and America, whose authority has diminished in equal proportion to their open promotion of corporate and financial interests.

But ordinary working people cannot live like this and are increasingly prepared to say so, as the marches against the invasion of Iraq showed. Amongst the eight million who demonstrated against the bombings in Spain on Friday were slogans such as "No to terrorism, no to war".

The present capitalist state, based as it is on the narrow interests of profit and private control, is failing to protect its citizens. Assuming dictatorial powers will do nothing to stop this kind of attack. Only a truly democratic state and government, based on international co-operation and collaboration rather than the narrow interests of profit and private control, can even begin to tackle the causes of terrorism.

Movement for a Socialist Future
14 March 2004