Third World War
attacks on Afghanistan mean certain death for many thousands along with
suffering and starvation for people in Afghanistan who have already
endured decades of war plus unthinkable repression under Taliban. Bush
and Blair have made it clear that these attacks are just one phase in
the 'war on terrorism' which could include military action against other
countries with unknown consequences. A US victory in this war will not
honour the memory of those who died in the horrific hijacking attacks
in America. A US defeat will not liberate the oppressed of the Middle
This war will make no one safer. The only thing we know for sure is
that whatever our rulers decide, this war offers nothing to the majority
of people around the world except increased repression, exploitation
and for thousands or even millions, an early grave.
In Tower Hamlets people have already been living with the consequences
of this new war with attacks on Muslims and increased racism, spreading
fear between neighbours. At the same time many are worried about terrorist
attacks in London and are afraid for their families in other parts of
We can fight terror through solidarity, breaking down the barriers between
us, opposing racism, nationalism, authoritarianism and the war.
We are being asked to line up with Democracy or Islam, to tolerate war
and make sacrifices in the name of a nation, race, religion or civilisation.
In this way, those who possess not much more than their hands to work
with are divided amongst themselves in the interests of multi-millionaire
terrorists like Bush and Bin Laden, each with their plans for concentrating
power and wealth.
The "War on Terrorism" is being used to terrorise us into
accepting increased repression and exploitation - CCTV and anti-terrorism
laws, a harsher immigration regime, mass layoffs and falling wages.
Don't let them grind us down! The moves by the unions and labour to
prevent strikes in the name of national unity show that now is a good
time for strikes or other workplace action. One way to undermine immigration
controls is to give practical support individually to refugees. Another
is to join together to take direct action against immigration controls,
such as physically preventing deportations.
world is possible. Do what you can to break down the barriers.
Don't take sides in their war
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