What will British foreign secretary David Miliband say in his speech to Labour’s annual conference in Manchester? It’s all too predictable. ‘We’ are ‘winning’ in Iraq, making ‘progress’ in Afghanistan, defending ‘democracy’ in Georgia, confronting Iran to protect world ‘security’ and waging endless war against ‘global terrorism’. ‘We’ stand “shoulder to shoulder” with George Bush and whoever his successor may be in following slavishly wherever US foreign policy takes ‘us’.
There will be no place in Miliband’s speech for the views of the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and anywhere else that the Bush wars have brought, or threaten to bring, mass slaughter and destruction. Only last weekend a mass demonstration of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad to call for all foreign troops to get out of Iraq, confirming country wide polls which show this to be the view of an overwhelming majority.
And David Miliband will not have a word to say about the large majorities in both Britain and the United States who have consistently opposed the warmongering carried out in their name and insisted that the US and British troops all be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.
David Miliband, Gordon Brown and the rest of the Labour government, who have so seamlessly adopted the war policies of Tony Blair, hope that the ever dutiful mainstream media will help delude people in this country into believing that ‘we’ are ‘winning’ and making ‘progress’ in our support for illegal invasions.
This is why Stop the War, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the British Muslim Initiative are organising a demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Manchester on Saturday 20 September, to ensure that the voice of the anti-war majority that opposes the government’s warmongering is prominently represented.
Please publicise the details of the demonstration as widely as you can and join us in Manchester on 20 September.
Leaflets are available for downloading or from the Stop the War national office. Transport details for protestors travelling to Manchester from outside London are available on the Stop the war website or by calling 020 7278 6694.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – STOP THE SPREAD OF WAR DEMONSTRATE AT THE LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER: ASSEMBLE 12.30PM, ALL SAINTS, MANCHESTER M15