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



Barbarians at the gate

The cutting down of a peaceful demonstration by the Israeli army, the slaughter of a wedding party in Iraq by the American military, together with the torture of illegally held captives in that country, are desperate and barbaric atrocities. They amount to state terror against innocent people, organised by governments that have lost legitimacy in the eyes of millions of people around the world.

At the heart of the US-financed and equipped Israeli killing machine is a racist attitude towards Palestinians. The rabid, right-wing Zionists who rule the country have a nationalist hatred of the people whose land they illegally occupy. This is transmitted to their army, who with impunity destroy houses, shoot demonstrators and has now even wrecked the only zoo in the Gaza strip.

These horrific acts of collective punishment are war crimes by any standard and a terrible echo of the methods used by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe in World War II. They too saw their opponents as untermenschen - sub-humans. In using similar methods against the Palestinians, the Sharon government engages in a grotesque misrepresentation and misuse of the historic suffering of the Jews for its own political ends.

As for the United States government, the Bush regime has so poisoned soldiers' minds that they cannot distinguish a wedding party from a hostile gathering. Their soldiers believe they are on a mission from God to "civilise" a Muslim country in revenge for September 11. There is no other explanation for the torture at Abu Ghraib, where prisoners are forced to renounce their religion and eat pork to avoid further beatings.

These are not aberrant acts but are fast becoming the norm. They represent a descent into militarism and an abandonment of politics by regimes that can only impose their will by force. In Britain, too, we see the same trend in the growth of an authoritarian state and the indifference of New Labour to US-Israeli actions. Gaza and Iraq are a warning to us all. We have entered a sinister and brutal period of capitalist crisis and rule to which only mass action for regime change in London, Washington and Tel Aviv is an answer.

Movement for a Socialist Future
21 May 2004