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article imageOp-Ed: Massive protests and meetings against World War III

By Alexander Baron     May 4, 2012 in Politics
The Stop The War Coalition has announced protests and meetings against the ongoing madness on both sides of the Atlantic, including action in Parliament.
There have already been protests against the new breed of Western Imperialism in the Middle East and Afghanistan. In March, there were even anti-war protests in Israel, the first of hopefully many. This begs the question, who does want war?
Wars are of course not exactly new, they have been fought since ancient times. With the 20th Century though they were fought increasingly under pretexts that had little or nothing to do with defending territory or allies. We saw the First World War - the war to end all wars that was directed against the menace of German Imperialism. Then there was the Nazi menace which was replaced immediately by the Communist menace - who had supposedly been our allies during the previous conflict. There was the Cold War, a war by proxy when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, all manner of conflicts in Africa, and then with September 11, 2001 we saw what we were told was a new axis of evil, and the United States and its allies had a duty to stamp out this Islamist menace. At any price, including the deaths and maiming of thousands of our own service personnel, enormous suffering to the Iraqi people, the destruction of infrastructure and the mass subversion of individual rights including detention for years without trial, torture, intrusive surveillance, warrantless searches, you name it.
Now, the sheeple have finally decided enough is enough. Bombing Iran may not result in World War III, but it would as good as.
Among the events and protests currently on offer are:
A protest against NATO at the American Embassy in London on May 19: Troops out of Afghanistan - Don't Attack Iran - No intervention in the Middle East
A demonstration against NATO in Chicago over the weekend of May 19/20
Don't Iraq Iran - a cultural event to be held in Central London on May 25
A lobby of Parliament - through an Early Day Motion.
Although its headquarters is in London, Stop The War is an international organisation. Check out their website, Facebook and Twitter, and get involved. Don't let a tiny minority of fanatics start yet another war in the Middle East. Or anywhere else.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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