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Friday, May 24, 2013

WAR ON TERROR doesn’t prevent but causes spread of terrorism - Call to act

Victims in
Rubble of Palestine
War on Terror Middle East
West allied against Palestinians

Government must recognize damage its wars have inflicted and change foreign policy accordingly
Editing, bracketed additions by Carolyn Bennett

Stop the War Coalition to government after Southeast London’s Woolwich district attack ─ never before launch of Global Perpetual “War(s) on Terror”

City Hall
“The balance sheet of the last decade and more would demonstrate that the war on terror has been a failure in its own terms. It has not prevented terrorism but caused it to spread” says a statement by Stop the War Coalition (convener Lindsey German), Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (General Secretary Kate Hudson), and CagePrisoners (Outreach Director Moazzam Begg). 

here were no such cases (as the Woolwich attack) in Britain before the start of the ‘war on terror’ in 2001, which led to the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The consequences of those wars have been devastating for the people of those countries and further afield. Up to a million died in Iraq and 4 million were made refugees. Tens of thousands have died in Afghanistan. Fighting still continues and in Iraq looks like descending into civil war in some parts of the country.

War on Terror ─

…has also led to a rise in Islamophobia in Britain and elsewhere.

The invasion and occupation of mainly Muslim countries abroad has led to the dehumanizing of the victims of the wars.

Racists like the EDL turned up in Woolwich to try to further foster Islamophobia.
Wikipedia note: The English Defense League (EDL) is a far-right street protest movement that opposes what it considers to be a spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom. At many of their demonstrations, EDL members have clashed with counter-demonstrators, including supporters of Unite Against Fascism (UAF). [Unite Against Fascism is an anti-fascist pressure group in the United Kingdom, with support from MPs of all mainstream UK political parties - including the current Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. It describes itself as a national campaign with the aim of alerting British society to a perceived threat of fascism and the far right.

Stop the War Coalition statement continues

“We call on all everyone to resist any racist backlash as a result of this attack. 

We also call on the government to recognize the damage done by these wars [against the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq and Pakistan and Syria and other places] and to change its foreign policy accordingly.”

Civilian dead
What the Coalition directs to the Britain’s government in light of the Woolwich incident, I repeat to the United States government.

The May 22 attack in Woolwich “was horrific,” the Coalition correctly responds. 

“There can be no justification for a murderous attack on an individual soldier in the streets of London. It must have been awful too for the local people who witnessed it [the assault].”

Wikipedia note: A district in South East London, England, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Woolwich declined as a town in the late 20th century, starting with the closure of the Siemens factory in 1968 and continuing as the Royal Arsenal scaled back operations and finally closed in 1994; its demographics changed when major local employers left and depressed the local economy.

The Coalition reports that the “Woolwich attack carried out by two men now shot and wounded and under arrest in hospital appears to represent a phenomenon that was pointed out by the security services in Britain nearly a decade ago:

Victims of
War on Terror
that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would lead to a growing threat of terrorism in Britain.

Many of us have long predicted that these sorts of attacks would happen because of the ‘war on terror.’

he men [attackers] claimed that the killing of the soldier was in response to the killing of Muslims by British soldiers in other countries. One said that the government did not care for people and should get the troops out.

Royal Arsenal Gatehouse
“The response from the government has been to declare this a major terrorist incident. We do not yet know whether they had wider connections or whether this was a one-off [limited to a single time or instance] incident.

he government response fails to deal with the political causes underlying such attacks. 
We call on the government to recognize the damage done by these wars and to change its foreign policy accordingly.

Sources and notes

“Stop the War/CND Statement: Woolwich killing of a British soldier,” May 23, 2013, Stop the War Statements: “Woolwich killing of a British soldier” Statement by Stop the War Coalition and CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament]; Supported by Cage Prisoners

Statemenrt by
Lindsey German Convenor, Stop the War Coalition
 Kate Hudson General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
 Moazzam Begg Outreach Director, CagePrisoners

Add your name to the statement on the Woolwich killing
Link: http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/usa-war-on-terror/2484-stop-the-war-statement-woolwich-killing-of-a-british-soldier

Stop the War Coalition

The Stop the War Coalition was formed on September 21,, 2001 at a public meeting of over 2,000 people in London.


Woolwich is a district in South East London, England, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centers in Greater London.

Woolwich formed part of Kent until 1889 when the County of London was created. It is notable as a river crossing point, having the Woolwich Ferry (and the lesser-known Woolwich foot tunnel) to North Woolwich, and as the one-time home of the Woolwich Building Society (now owned by Barclays plc).

Woolwich declined as a town in the late 20th century, starting with the closure of the Siemens factory in 1968 and continuing as the Royal Arsenal scaled back operations and finally closed in 1994.

Without major local employers, the local economy was affected and the demographics of Woolwich changed.

In the town center, department and chain stores closed and the sprawl of the town center shrank. The focus of shopping activity was limited mostly to Powis Street and the area around the market. By the early 1990s, the town center had the typical appearance of a town in decline—discount retailers and charity shops using the empty stores. The local council used several properties as offices. The last cinema, the Coronet, closed and in general Woolwich seemed to have lost its previous vigor.

2013 Woolwich: May 22, 2013, two British men armed with machetes and meat cleavers murdered soldier Lee Rigby close to his base at the Royal Artillery Barracks. The attackers asked shocked bystanders to take pictures of them and made efforts to justify their actions to the crowd, making no effort to escape.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolwich


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