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



Bush-Blair war agenda revealed

Just in case there is anyone out there who still thinks the Bush-Blair preparations for war against Iraq are anything to do with human rights abuses or ‘weapons of mass destruction’, they need look no further than the latest news from Washington.

Details have emerged of advanced plans to establish a long-term military administration in Iraq following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime. This would take control of the country’s vast oil reserves and require a long-term presence of 75,000 US and British troops at an annual cost of $16 billion.

The military would remake the Iraqi state in the image of a ‘Western democracy’, according to the reports. In other words, it would become a new area for global capital to operate in without let or hindrance.

Thus the real ambitions of Washington and London are clearly economic and imperial, developed behind a smokescreen of emotional appeals to save the world from the alleged threat from Iraq.

It is also a fact that the faster the US and British stock markets fall in response to the mounting economic recession, the louder are the voices for war. The clamour comes right from the heart of the capitalist system and is articulated by Bush and Blair.

The occupation plans come hard on the heels of the vote by the US Congress to give Bush unprecedented powers in order to wage war and invade Iraq as and when he chooses.

Taken together with the occupation plans, this vote is another nail in the American constitution and a further step along the road to a military-style dictatorship in the US under way since the September 11 attacks last year.

Civil rights have lost their meaning for the thousands interned throughout America as well as held illegally and without trial at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. ‘Homeland Security’ is the order of the day, accompanied by military expansion abroad.

Political opposition inside Congress was overwhelmed by the support of the Democratic Party’s leaders for Bush’s warmongering. Only a few brave voices made themselves heard, notably the veteran California Democrat Pete Stark.

He told the House of Representatives: “Make no mistake, we are voting on a resolution that grants total authority to the president, who wants to invade a sovereign nation without any specific act of provocation. This would authorise the United States to act as the aggressor for the first time in our history. It sets a precedent for our nation — or any nation — to exercise brute force anywhere in the world without regard to international law or international consensus.”

He added: “Aside from the wisdom of going to war as Bush wants, I am troubled by who pays for his capricious adventure into world domination. The administration admits to a cost of around $200 billion! Now, wealthy individuals won’t pay. They’ve got big tax cuts already. Corporations won’t pay. They’ll cook the books and move overseas and then send their contributions to the Republicans. Rich kids won’t pay.

“Well then, who will pay? School kids will pay. There’ll be no money to keep them from being left behind, way behind. Seniors will pay. They’ll pay big time as the Republicans privatise social security and rob the trust fund to pay for the capricious war. Medicare will be curtailed and drugs will be more unaffordable. And there won’t be any money for a drug benefit because Bush will spend it all on the war.

“Working folks will pay through loss of job security and bargaining rights. Our grandchildren will pay through the degradation of our air and water quality. And the entire nation will pay as Bush continues to destroy civil rights, women’s rights and religious freedom in a rush to phoney patriotism and to courting the messianic Pharisees of the religious right.”

In Britain, few official voices are raised in this way. Labour MPs and trade union leaders restrict their half-hearted criticism to a plea to operate through the United Nations. But the UN is in no position to oppose the US and its resolutions can just as easily give an invasion of Iraq a veneer of “legality”.

In Britain too, human rights are violated daily by Blair and home secretary Blunkett. People are locked up indefinitely without trial and the secret police have a free hand to intercept e-mails and phone calls in the name of the “security of the state”. It takes the House of Lords to defend asylum seekers from New Labour laws to put them in camps and educate their children behind barbed wire.

Bush and Blair are together in wanting to remake the world in the image of the corporations they serve. The more we learn about this axis of evil the more the case grows for a regime change in Britain and America. We need a fundamental change to rid us not only of warmongering politicians but also to take control of economic and natural resources out of the hands of the ruling classes who have brought  the planet to this crisis point.

Movement for a Socialist Future
October 13, 2002