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

E-mail to hear about site changes, placing 'update' in body of message



UN writes a blank cheque for war

The proposed Security Council resolution on Iraq is designed for one purpose only: to confer legitimacy on the forthcoming Anglo-American attack and occupation of that country.

Those who harboured the illusion that the United Nations might actually prevent the launch of unprovoked war have had their hopes shattered by the draconian resolution.

Under its terms, weapons inspectors – who will no doubt as before include CIA spies and provocateurs – will have an absolute right to inspect any facility anywhere in Iraq in search of the elusive “weapons of mass destruction”. The inspectors will also have the power to take any Iraqi out of the country for interviews and set up exclusion zones and corridors from which the Iraqi army is barred.

The resolution threatens Iraq with “serious consequences” – by which is meant war – should any of a number of conditions be broken.

What is also clear that there is no requirement to return to the Security Council for its approval before military action is launched. In other words, the UN is providing a cloak of legality for the invasion of a member state and the overthrow of its government, which in polite society is described as “regime change”.

The Independent's cartoonist, Dave Brown
came to the same conclusion as the MSF

There are number of conclusions we should draw from this charade at the UN. Firstly, the UN has effectively signed its own death warrant with the resolution on Iraq.

Any semblance of independence has gone for good with a resolution that endorses war based on a lie – that Iraq threatens its neighbours and the rest of the world with so-called weapons of mass destruction.

In any case, can anyone point to anything progressive the UN has ever achieved? It has always been the play thing of the major powers. In recent years it has promoted the apparent virtues of capitalist globalisation and turned the recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg into a showcase for the major corporations.

Secondly, if anyone doubted the real nature of New Labour, they surely have proof enough now that this is a capitalist government pure and simple. They just can’t wait to join the war on Iraq. Everyone acknowledges that the Foreign Office played a key role in drawing up the resolution at the UN.

Blair is not a poodle of the Americans but an enthusiast of the first order. He shares with the Bush regime the objective of making the world safe for the corporations to conduct their business in. Their mission is to take the free market into regions and countries that are not presently integrated into the global economy.

This aim is given added urgency by the growing economic slump in the United States, which resulted in this week’s panic cut in interest rates.

Iraq is important because it has the world’s second largest oil reserves. Guaranteeing the future supply of oil to the developed capitalist nations is what the war on Iraq is all about. That is why Russia and France have withdrawn their token opposition to the resolution in anticipation of a share of the spoils.

North Sea oil production is in decline and the world’s reserves are expected to peak in five to ten years. Control of Iraq and its oil reserves are therefore of strategic importance to the Bush and Blair governments.

The issue of weapons and the dictatorial nature of the Iraqi regime are secondary questions, to be used as a pretext. America and Britain were, of course, happy to back Saddam Hussein with arms when he attacked Iran and said nothing while he attacked his own people.

The Iraqi people have the right to determine their own future free from the Saddam dictatorship. Bush and Blair, who run increasingly authoritarian regimes themselves, have no interests in the welfare of the Iraqi people. If they did, they would lift the punitive sanctions that have caused the deaths of thousands of children.

New Labour and their White House friends are not open to pressure or persuasion. Their agenda is set firmly by the corporations that dominate world politics today.

In these circumstances, opposition to the war must centre on a campaign for a “regime change” in Britain and America. The Blair government is reactionary through and through, from its polices on asylum seekers, to its attitude to the firefighters and the privatisation of public services.

Those who say that getting rid of New Labour will only let the Tories in, end up in support of Blair, peddling the illusion that sufficient pressure can change the government’s mind.  This pointless exercise also serves to restrict the growing anti-war movement to the narrow confines of the increasingly discredited parliamentary set-up.

 “Regime change” in Britain will require the building of a independent movement that puts forward the creation of new democratic bodies based on the social ownership of economic and financial resources. The enemy is not Iraq but at home.

Movement for a Socialist Future
November 7, 2002