Pacifists Praising Fascists Killing Democrats, Secular Coalition for America Calls Upon Pentagon to Cancel ‘Christian-Themed’ Event. A week later, the local STWC was able to amass a crowd that was smaller in size, but still numbering in the hundreds, to march through town. For a socialist like me and many of those who like Left Futures, the moral position is to oppose BOTH American imperialism AND Stop the War’s twisted so called movement. Indeed, by pretending it doesn’t exist you merely hand a gift to the Blairite right and the Tories. The main flaw in the STWC was that, although the demand it was making in late 2002 and early 2003 was a fairly moderate one (âDon’t Attack Iraq â), a significant chunk of its leadership displayed extreme-left views that moderates would find repugnant. Not again…all you have done is prove the point that Stop the War is not anti-war, but anti-west. 1 Campaigns 1.1 Obama administration 1.2 Wars on Iraq and Afghanistan First of all, it was arguably a mistake by the STWC to focus on protest marches as the main technique of campaigning. However, a number of factors suggest that the STWC’s influence was actually probably very weak. PAULA MITCHELL reports on this stage in the development of the anti-war movement in Britain. Lindsey German of the SWP is the convenor of the STWC, and John Rees, also of the SWP, sits on the STWC’s steering committee. Stop the War was founded in September 2001 in the weeks following 9/11, when George W. Bush announced the âwar on terrorâ. Many were repelled by sights such as Socialist Worker-sponsored placards bearing the words âVictory to the Resistanceâ, a repugnant sight to anyone who had marched against the war out of a principled opposition to what they perceived as an unnecessary war, not to become cheerleaders for Saddam’s fedayeen . The most visible outward manifestation of this huge growth was the massive demonstration that took place on February 15 th 2003. Their arguments stand or fall on their own merits/faults. Andy Newman is simply an apologist – for fascism apologists! Very long post, John – though very true. I think that intelligent debate starts with the assumption that people, including oneself, can reach wrong conclusions for plausible and well-motivated reasons. On the other hand if serious accusations are to be made then they need to be made with supporting evidence or not at all. Unsubstantiated conspiracy theories were touted as hard fact. Anybody who gives it political cover has some of the blood on its hands. This evasive position lends itself to the idea that the enemies of my enemy are my friends which was, as I understand it, exactly the sort of thing that Phil was questioning. People from all over the country packed into a meeting in Birmingham to hear âWhy We Need an Anti-War Governmentâ. Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition. Upon being asked to support war based on little more than vague claims about intelligence of WMD production in Iraq , it is unsurprising that the public was sceptical. If we don’t do that then there is nothing to latch on to except condemnatory judgements and debate very rapidly reduces itself to a shouting match. Anybody who gives it political cover has some of the blood on its hands. Motion 1: Trumpâ s m ilitary e scalation and the Special Relationship from the Officers group Conference notes that in the first period of his term, US President Trump has demonstrated a definite preference for military â¦ I think I have made my reasons clear David. He also says that “In Britain there is a deep pride in the armed forces, and respect for the ideal of service that they represent. I do not share the shock horror much expressed about either the Freedom Fighters blog or the Whirlwind blog – which were quoted out of context with all nuance stripped out, but hey, that’s politics, isn’t it? 4. Afghanistan is Lost: Bring Troops Home Now, Say Soldiersâ Families By Stop the War Coalition, November 12, 2012 . The cost for the left in bestowing this ridiculously “substitutionist” “historically progressive” anti imperialist role on these universally ghastly regimes has been to turn a cynical blind eye to their systematic murderous oppression of their own working classes , socialists, and minority communities. One final point: I am a socialist, always have been always will be – why should I show a scrap of solidarity to the cynical stalinists who lead Stop the War, who blatantly and shamelessly are allied with, and backed by self -described enemies of socialism, human rights, freedom and democracy? 9. The Respect Coalition – Reactionaries in Progressive Clothing? The StWC’s “political offer/analysis” leading up to the last Iraq War was steeped in over simplistic generalisations, and a crude pacifism – to enable the campaign to appeal to a huge range of potential supporters from the middle class liberal pacifist to Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Islamic Fundamentalist Far rightists – with every variant of Left winger and anti interventionist Muslim in between. They are certainly no friends of the Syrian Democratic Revolution. Alliance for Workers Liberty (October 2003) Briefing on the Muslim Association of Britain . It would ally with and back Hitler, Mussolini, Franco and Tojo if they were alive today. Just as too many on the Left for generations made apologies for the huge crimes of the totalitarian Stalinist regimes masquerading as “socialist states”. By deliberately blurring the two issues of Iraq and Palestine , the STWC arguably did considerable harm to its own ability to make a coherent, well-argued case against war. The sort of coalition building that StWC advocates is the coalition building that leads to red/brown alliances and throwing fellow socialists under a bus (pace the treatment of trade unionists and leftists in the Donbass, Crimea and Russia itself), the sort of coalition that democratic socialists should have no part in. ", Just as Galloway indulges the regimes of tyrants of the past, he has also done so with more recent dictators. Refusing to recognise a crime is being committed and then standing self righteously aside – rather than at least offering solidarity to the innocent victims though active campaigning, is the worst form of political cowardice. With all due respect to him, I don’t think it’s unfair to describe him as someone who is on a rightwards political trajectory – from the Socialist Party into the Labour Party and then supporting Yvette Cooper in the leadership election. Certain British NGOs were able to produce rigorous analyses. Well you haven’t even offered any. Furthermore, most MPs know this, and a report bearing the stamp of the Socialist Worker’s Party would not be worth the paper it was written on in political circles. I’ve always opposed sectarianism and the sectarianism displayed on the contributions on this site has been disgraceful while we are trying to fight both a witch hunt against Jeremy and the UK/NATO permanent war and bombing against one country after another. Cohen N. (2003) Pretty Straight Guys . However, an anecdotal examination of the protests in my city give an illustration. The Russia that has an ultra-conservative, ultra-capitalist, homophobic regime that represses and imprisons socialists. Why We Need an Anti-War Government. This has led them to imbue the most ghastly fascistic, totalitarian regimes with membership of the fantasy “axis of resistance” – not coincidentally usually made up of old allies of the USSR, eg, Gaddafi’s Libya, Assad’s Syria, Saddam’s Iraq, Serbia. But having said that and having read quite a few STW statements which, it seems to me, provide evidence for his claims, I think that the only way to pursue this debate to any sort of sensible resolution is to discuss STW statements and positions in very specific detail. Wow, it’s honestly like listening to Hillary ‘Bomber’ Benn all over again, quite uncanny really. The coalition has opposed the various wars that are claimed to be part of the ongoing "War on Terrorism".It has been the most prominent group in Britain campaigning against the war in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. Is that an impossible notion by definition? The same people who in a year’s time when the rapprochement with Tehran has cooled off will be recommending we recognise the Caliphate as a bulwark against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria from the other side of the sectarian divide in Islam. That, at least, is what experience of successful and failed debates suggests to me. London : Faber and Faber. It’s a sad, mad world you inhabit where those dropping bombs and indulging in regime change after regime change are ignored completely but those that protest against them are somehow the real enemy, but then imperialism always has had a host of supporters in the socialist movement, from H M Hyndman and others raging against the ‘Beastly Bosh’ to the pro-NATO, pro-Trident, pro-War ‘moderates’ now raging against Jeremy for having the affront to turn his back on the arms dealers and all their works. Stop the War. It seems that you have a strong objection to “anybody” who supports STWC. But all that was required of them was that they were opposed to the bombing of Syria – and all of them did. In my own city, the local STWC had grown to such an extent by the start of the war that they were able to organise branches, not just on a town-by-town basis, but on a suburb-by-suburb basis – an impressive achievement for an organisation less than two years old. Open debate. | Powered by, http://www.workersliberty.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=570&mode=thread&order=0, http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/notes/snSG-02109.pdf, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3550411.stm.  Despite this huge rebellion the motion was passed due to the overwhelming size of Labour’s majority in the Commons, and also due to the support of the Conservative Party. No, I am saying that anyone who discusses the Iraq war from the vantage point of what Lenin would or would not have thought is a fool. For example, the Church of England produced an excellent review of the arguments for and against war. The coalition has opposed the wars that are part of the so-called "War on Terror" of the Western nations. The aim of the Coalition was, to stop the war currently declared by the United States and its allies against âterrorism’. Not quite the same thing. 1. And yet again, not a mention of NATO, of UK imperialism and the never-ending wars. He worships the established fact and the `national’ leader as savior. And I don’t agree that PhilBC’s arguments can be considered in any way typical of the views of socialists, as you seem to imply. Stop the War Coalition I therefore think that Corbyn’s idea of a kinder politics needs to be taken to heart. This pattern seems to have been repeated in other cities across the UK . Since then the STWC has enjoyed occasional mild resurgences around such events as the Hutton Enquiry and George W. Bush’s visit to London , but in general the trend is one of an organisation in decline, destined to remain stuck in an extreme left/Islamist ghetto. James, those are poor efforts to delegitimise John Penny and Gerry as commenters according to their (presumed) affiliation, instead of engaging with and rebutting their actual arguments. 7. Sorry David Ellis, but all you achieve with contributions like that is to give people the impression that you’re a bit bonkers. To hate the UK/US is fine, but what is disgraceful is for you to use that hatred to justify your organisation’s most horrific political alliances: with jihadis, islamists, stalinists, neo stalinists, Putin, Assad. He was one of the main organisers of the 15 February 2003 anti-war protest against the â¦ It allies with jihadis, islamists stalinists and neo stalinists against democratic socialists everywhere. Benn’s speech was a disgusting piece of rabble rousing more appropriate to the bierkeller than a parliament and just look at the rabble it roused: braying Tories and New Labour war criminals. The Stop the War Coalition (StWC), informally known simply as Stop the War, is a British group established on 21 September 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks, to campaign against what it believes are unjust wars. This leaves any further offerings by Mr. P. Burton-Cartledge requiring the kind of scrutiny one reserves for all other propagandist works of deliberate misdirection. We have initiated many campaigns around these issues. Thanks to Gerry and Co, you’ve made me actually look at the StWC website (where I enjoyed catching up with great writers like John Pilger and Tariq Ali), and where I saw the interview with Richard Burgon MP which I’d previously missed -http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news/richard-burgon-mp-criticism-on-stop-the-war-are-proxy-attacks-on-corbyn – and who said everything I was thinking about this being a proxy attack against Jeremy. I have been following the STW debate carefully here as a “newcomer” to the backstory and I am trying to make a disinterested judgement about them and their works. 11 talking about this. Christopher Mark Nineham is a British political activist and founder member of the Stop the War Coalition serving as National Officer and Deputy Chair of the Stop the War Coalition in the UK. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! By becoming a Stop the War member today, youâll be part of a mass anti-war movement. Imagine someone recently brought into, or back into, politics in the wave of enthusiasm generated by the process leading to the election of Jeremy Corbyn. But then Andy goes on to make an argument that seems to me to bear out Phil’s concerns. Voices Comment The Stop the War Coalition should do us all a favour and disband. BBC News Online. Glasgow Stop the War is happy to co-host this event with Stand up to Racism, the firefighters' FBU union, civil service workers' PCS union, public sector workers' Unison union, anti-racist homelessness and human rights charity Positive Action In Housing and environmental action group Extinction Rebellion Glasgow among others. Benn, as with the Tories was completely unwilling to nail responsibility for the massive ongoing arms and financial support for Daesh and other extreme fundamentalist Islamic groups on Turkey and the Gulf states – as part of the proxy war being fought between themselves as Sunni powers against their Shia (and Alawite) powers of Assad’s regime, Iran, and Iraq’s sectarian Shia government (plus the cynical imperialist power , Russia – desperate to retain its Mediterranean warm water military port/base. Having failed to prevent the outbreak of war, those moderates who had joined the marches simply melted away, causing the STWC to implode onto its core constituency of extreme-left and Islamist groups. Around the time of the huge demonstrations of February 15 th 2003, the Stop the War Coalition had emerged as one of the biggest protest movements in British history, yet it failed to achieve its goal of preventing war in Iraq. They only lead this so-called movement because they managed to reduce the anti-Iraq war movement down from three million to 250 pro-Assadists protesting outside the Embassy alongside his thugs. By the way, I speak as a member both of the Party and STW. Your comments are disgraceful. Indeed they are making me wonder what their own “hidden agenda” is and why they are devoting so much energy to bad-mouthing an organisation which has been spectacularly UNsuccessful in achieving its objectives over the last decade? Yes, I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life. Neira M. (March 25 2004) Leadership still lags behind the led. But what does AN tell us? Unless you demand from Government a shut down of all military factories and impose a total ban â¦ The Independent on Sunday. 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