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 silence of the lambs

The silence of the "left" of New Labour on the massacre of civilians in Iraq by American occupation forces says it all. When it is down to former diplomats and Tory MPs to voice opposition, you know the game is up with those who, we are told, are proposing to "reclaim the party".

The tame MPs who swan around parliament are only thinking of their positions, especially as a general election begins to draw near. Their political cowardice allows Blair to tell parliament that he supported the attacks on Fallujah using overwhelming firepower in civilian areas "to restore order".

Only the Tory Sir Peter Tapsell spoke up for the Iraqi people, when he asked the prime minister if he supported "the murder and mutilation of hundreds of women and children in Falluja" as an appropriate response to the killing of four Americans. Of course Blair does, along with the rest of the New Labour regime.

An invasion launched on a pretext and a series of lies had as its aim the remaking of Iraq in the image of "democracy" as practised in London and Washington. This, in simple terms, is made up of compliant political regimes presiding over market economies dominated by transnational corporations. The occupation has resulted in the deaths of 10-15,000 civilians. No one actually knows, because the occupation forces do not keep a count of non-military deaths. No wonder more and more Iraqis have come to reject this "democracy" delivered down the barrel of a gun and have justifiably taken up arms against the occupation.

In their unprecedented letter, the 52 former British ambassadors, high commissioners and senior officials, said: "All those with experience of the area predicted that the occupation of Iraq by the coalition forces would meet stubborn resistance, as has proved to be the case. To describe the resistance as led by terrorists, fanatics and foreigners is neither convincing nor helpful."

Their widespread condemnation of Blair's Middle East policies, for all its powerful language, actually misses the point when it urges Blair to distance himself from the White House if he cannot persuade Bush to change course. New Labour and the Bush regime are, in fact, as one on Iraq and Israel because they share the same reactionary world view. Blair, a recent book reveals, was given several opportunities by Bush to remove British troops from the invasion plans - and declined them all.

As a result of the invasion, Britain is now a prominent target for a terror attack. This in turn has become a cover for the introduction of ID cards and inflammatory, racist attacks on refugees and "foreign" workers. The authoritarian New Labour regime, and the capitalist state it represents, cannot be supported in any shape or form. As for the idea of "reclaiming" the party, the silence of the lambs - sorry, "left" MPs - and the "awkward squad" of union leaders is deafening. Draw your own conclusions about the chances of that happening. Put your money on a second coming instead.

Movement for a Socialist Future
29 April 2004