Year six of the “war on terror” has produced warnings of war on Iran and plans for US military bases in Lebanon that threaten Syria and the Lebanese resistance.
The war in Afghanistan is now spilling over into Pakistan. In Iraq the US occupation grinds on with even greater bloodshed, while in Palestine the Israelis continue to hold millions as virtual prisoners in the occupied territories.
Last week Japan announced it would be pulling troops out of Afghanistan – and Poland is following suit in Iraq. Both countries cite growing anti-war opposition at home for their decisions.
Yet the threat of war on Iran is growing louder every day. For this reason the Stop the War Coalition is hosting the World Against War conference to plan our response if Iran is attacked.
The conference will bring together delegates from across Britain and the world. Speakers include Stop the War’s president Tony Benn, as well as Dennis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck, both former United Nations humanitarian coordinators in Iraq.
Delegates from Iraq include Hassan Jumaa from the Basra oil workers’ union, Jawad al-Khalassi from the Iraq Foundation Congress, Hannah Ibrahim of Women’s Will Iraq and Sami Ramadani, a veteran Iraqi democracy activist.
Campaigning comedian Mark Thomas will join Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and leading critic of New Labour’s foreign policy.
Ivona Novomestska of the Czech No Bases Campaign will speak on the campaign against the US missile defence system and the dangers of a new cold war.
Other organisations that have signed up include the US’s United for Peace and Justice, the Communist Party of Lebanon and Venezuela’s UNT union federation.
Trade union branches and local Stop the War groups should send delegations to the conference – for more details phone 020 7278 6694 or go to » www.stopwar.org.uk