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[London, Saturday 22nd March 2003]

Over 750,00 people demanding a stop to the illegal war against the people
of Iraq and for Blair to resign as Prime Minister.

After failing to get UN backing for their war, arrogantly Bush and Blair tossed the UN aside and, ignoring the wishes of their own people and the opinion of the world, unleashed a criminal invasion of Iraq. In London, (and all around the world) an emergency anti-war rally was organised for the first Saturday after the invasion.

All forms of propaganda was used on the British people to dissuade them from attending - "British troops are there now so its unpatriotic to be antiwar" ..." the war will be over by the weekend so there is no point in demonstrating" ..."to demonstrate is to support Saddam", etc. The Liberal-Democrat leadership which was previously staunchly antiwar now capitulated and declined to give its support to the rally. A war which was morally wrong before it started had suddenly become legitimate upon starting simply because British soldiers were now involved!

The media were predicting a few thousand people at most would attend the rally. On the day however all predictions were shattered and over 750,000 people turned up, all demanding an end to the war. This made it the largest ever antiwar demonstration during war time in the UK.

Freedom For Palestine

Although the purpose of the rally was "stop the war", the double standards in the treatment of Iraq to Israel did not go unnoticed and the protesters with their banners made the rally as much about "justice and freedom for Palestine" as it was about ending an unjust war against the people of Iraq.

Two English people with messages for their
Prime Minister Tony Blair - if only he would listen.
"REGIME CHANGE begins at home"
"Invasion of Iraq - NOT in my name"

The mood of the marchers was one of disappointment and anger at their government for blindly being led by the US in to an illegal, immoral and unjust slaughter of the innocent in Iraq. There were calls for "regime change at home" - "Blair must go" and for sanctions to be placed on the US. For a total consumer boycott of all US and Israeli products. And for Bush and Blair to face war crimes charges. One banner suggested that in the interest of saving further lives Bush should immediately be killed.

A succinct solution?

The demonstration was jointly organised by the Muslim Association of Britain and Stop the War Coalition. As with the previous demo, the march had multiple routes starting from the Embankment and Gower Street. They culminated in a rally at Hyde Park.

The rally was rewarded with dozens of speakers ranging from MPs, Union Leaders, Muslims, Christians and Jews, Peace Groups, Iraqis in exile and Journalists including Tony Benn, Yvonne Ridley, Ken Livingstone and George Galloway. We have provided some of the speeches below for you to listen to.

Speakers podium at Hyde Park,
to the right (out of the photo) was a giant flat screen projection showing a close up of the speaker.

A young lady protecting her
placard with both hands
tightly clamped, and looking
up to ensure it's visible -
to ensure her simple message
to the world is not lost :-

It DOES make sense!

Green Party : No Blood For Oil

"Bush" has become a rude word

Message to the United Nations: Disarm the US

"Two of the real reasons we're going to war on Iraq -
Oil ( Esso) & Dipstick (Bush)"


Bruce Kent

Bruce Kent, Peace movement veteran, CND:

"I want to tell you that something in Scotland yesterday made Tony Blair very annoyed indeed. It was when people said in front of him 'Maggi! Maggi! Out! Out!'. Tony Blair is running a war which is worse than anything Maggi Thatcher ever ran...

What I saw and what you saw on television last night, it was not a war, it was a massacre, it was barbarity. It was the most powerful country in the world that spends half the worlds military budget, smashing it to the ground a great city and ancient civilisation. It was a crime, an enormous crime...

What wasn't shown on the BBC: Slaughter of the innocent

I warn Tony Blair and Jack Straw that we will do everything we can to put them in front of the International Criminal Court, that's where they ought to be. What they are doing is criminal."

He then drew parallels between the the soldiers invading Iraq and those occupying Palestine:

"My answer to 'our boys' [soldiers] is that the best thing they can do for themselves and for the world is stop this stupid war... I would say to the Jewish people that some of the bravest young men in the world are those that have refused to obey orders to occupy the West Bank..."




Dr Ghada Karmi

Dr. Ghada Karmi, Palestinian Academic:

"The problem in the Middle East is not Iraq as they want you to believe - it is Israel, and Israels war against the Palestinian people. It is the tragedy of Palestine, still unresolved, that is the real issue...

They say they are looking for weapons of mass destruction. To them we say look in Israel!

Bush and Blair say they are punishing Iraq for breaching United Nations resolutions, to them we say what about Israel?

Bush and Blair say Iraq has possible links with international terrorism. To them we say go to Israel to see actual state terrorism.

Bush has a list of rogue states that he wants to tackle, but he's missed out the one rogue state which occupies other peoples land and has weapons of mass destruction - Israel!

Freedom for Palestine

Today as a Palestinian I fear for my compatriots under Sharons yoke. He intends to liquidate the Palestine problem under the cover of the war on Iraq. That means more killings, eighty Palestinians killed last month, eighty more already killed this month, more oppression, more starvation, more homelessness, more theft of Palestinian land and now something else - expulsions and ethnic cleansing. And against this Israeli onslaught what does Bush and Blair offer? The Middle East road map - too little, too late."

She stressed the importance of attending these rallies and not staying silent:

"If we work together, we fight together we can win. And remember, in case you feel helpless, silence is complicity, inaction is complicity. Let everyone who cares for morality, humanity and justice now stand up and be counted!"




Why the War on Iraq?

Professor Alex Callinicos, Department of Politics, University of York

Professor Alex Callinicos

(download: 73kb, play dur: 35sec)*

"You have to be very naive to think this war is about Saddam Hussein. This is one is a series of wars which are about perpetuating American domination through out the 21st century..."


Professor George Monbiot, Writer and environmental activist, also Honorary Professor at the Department of Politics in Keele and Visiting Professor at the Department of Environmental Science at the University of East London.

George Monbiot

(download 154kb, play dur: 73sec)*

Question: Do you see us embarking on a new world order?

Answer: Yes, I think there are two things going on. One is a sort of slow international coup where the systems of global governments that we have got at the moment, deeply flawed as it is, very weak as it is, is gradually being pushed aside by Washington in favour of a system of global governments run by Washington. At the same time we see some very clever strategic manoeuvres all over the world, getting hold of and securing some of the key strategic regions, particularly the regions which produce oil and regions through which oil could be transported...

(*) Audio excerpts taken from BBC2 Newsnight Special 22 Mar 03



Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before
becoming President, before Sept 11

By Neil Mackay,
Sunday Herald - 15 September 2002

A Secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.

The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.'

The PNAC document supports a 'blueprint for maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests'.

The New Nazis - America & Israel
Parallels between American policy of global
domination and nazi aspirations of similar
domination cannot be ignored

This 'American grand strategy' must be advanced for 'as far into the future as possible', the report says. It also calls for the US to 'fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars' as a 'core mission'.

The report describes American armed forces abroad as 'the cavalry on the new American frontier'. The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document written by Wolfowitz and Libby that said the US must 'discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role'.

The PNAC report also:

  • refers to key allies such as the UK as 'the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership';
  • describes peace-keeping missions as 'demanding American political leadership rather than that of the United Nations';
  • reveals worries in the administration that Europe could rival the USA;
  • says 'even should Saddam pass from the scene' bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently -- despite domestic opposition in the Gulf regimes to the stationing of US troops -- as 'Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has';
  • spotlights China for 'regime change' saying 'it is time to increase the presence of American forces in southeast Asia'. This, it says, may lead to 'American and allied power providing the spur to the process of democratisation in China';
  • calls for the creation of 'US Space Forces', to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent 'enemies' using the internet against the US;
  • hints that, despite threatening war against Iraq for developing weapons of mass destruction, the US may consider developing biological weapons -- which the nation has banned -- in decades to come. It says: 'New methods of attack -- electronic, 'non-lethal', biological -- will be more widely available ... combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes ... advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool';
  • and pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes and says their existence justifies the creation of a 'world-wide command-and-control system'.

Take the PR and spin away to reveal the true US

Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP, father of the House of Commons and one of the leading rebel voices against war with Iraq, said: 'This is garbage from right-wing think-tanks stuffed with chicken-hawks -- men who have never seen the horror of war but are in love with the idea of war. Men like Cheney, who were draft-dodgers in the Vietnam war.

'This is a blueprint for US world domination -- a new world order of their making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the world. I am appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should have got into bed with a crew which has this moral standing.'



Jeremy Dear

Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists [NUJ]:

He talked about the restrictions placed on the press to prevent them from reporting the truth:

"Yesterday the owner of a hundred and thirty newspapers in Britain published a statement in his newspapers, a statement saying that during the war press freedom would be suspended, your right to know would be removed, no criticism of this war would be tolerated!

In the US George Cloony, Meryl Streep, Jim Carey and Will Smythe have all been banned from making antiwar statements at tomorrow nights Oscars. And across the world pop songs are banned from radio and artists are black listed for wearing t-shirts against this illegal and immoral war.

This is what they mean by their new world order - they remove your human rights in the name of freedom. And they do it because they dont want you to know the truth, the truth that this war is illegal, its immoral... They dont want you to know that the reality of precision bombing and surgical strikes it that a hospital is hit and two missiles land in Iran. And they dont want you to know the truth that the coalition of the willing is really the coalition of those that have been bribed and threatened in to supporting the United States. But most of all they dont want you to know that today across the world millions of people are marching and acting not just for peace, not just against war, but for a better world...

He made it clear that antiwar doesn't mean pro-Saddam:

People shouldn't mistake our opposition to war as support for Saddam. We need no lectures, because we were marching and demonstrating on the streets when he killed workers in Iraq, when he gassed the Kurds. And we were there when the US and UK governments were busy financing and arming his regime, protesting against him."

And he didn't forget the Palestinians:

"... Imagine a world where there was real justice and freedom for the Palestinian people. Now that would be a war that would be worth fighting.

Palestinian flags - the most popular flag of the rally

Our message today is simple - there can be no peace until there is justice and we will continue to fight for justice... and a better world."




Wasan Altikriti

Wasan Altikriti, 16 year old Iraqi sister from MAB Youth section:

"Let no one be fooled - no one is a friend of Saddam Hussein and no one is oblivious to his crimes and human rights abuses, but how can we forget that if it weren't for the American, British and Western governments the Iraqi people would have disposed of him a long time ago!

Amongst the brutal crimes of Saddam is that his victims family have to pay for the bullet with which their loved ones were killed. Now that the US government has stated that most of Iraqs oil revenues will be used to pay for the reconstruction of the country after this catastrophic aggression. I surely cannot see the difference between the two, nor tell who is the better of the two monsters."




A banner from the Islamic Human Rights Commission :

"Blair, Bush, Sharon & Saddam
What Do They Have In Common?
They have all had 1000s of innocent Muslims killed"

A stark reminder that we were not here to
support the insupportable - Saddam,
but rather to oppose what must be opposed -
US aggression - US empire building


Lady Hampton


Lady Hampton, Junior Vice-president National Union of Teachers:

"I am speaking as a teacher, as a teacher I extend my solidarity to the teachers of Iraq and the children of Iraq. Our union has sent out advice for teachers in the UK about how to deal with the problems faced by our pupils because of this war. This is welcomed. But I cannot even begin to imagine the problems faced by Iraqi teachers when trying to explain to their pupils what is happening and why their country is being targeted.

To the teachers of Iraq I can only express my deep shame at being in any way associated with this merciless attack on your country.

I ask this government and Tony Blair how can we teach our children to tell the truth when this government disguises brutality as liberation?

How can we teach children to care for others when this government is prepared to spend three and a half billion pounds to prosecute their war when all over the world people are dying of starvation and we stand by and do nothing?

Greed Kills - Stop The War

How can we teach our pupils to be fair to one another when one state occupies and brutalises its neighbour Palestine and its given a million dollars a day in aid while another is simply judged to have failed to have complied with United Nations resolutions and the whole might of the US army is unleashed on it?

How can we teach them democracy and respecting other peoples point of view when this government is prepared to ignore the views of the majority of its own people and the majority of the nations of the world?

How can we teach them that bullying is wrong when they see our government supporting the biggest, wealthiest and strongest country in the world as it lays in to one of the weakest?"


Dr Maha Elkhatil

Dr. Maha Elkhatil, Muslim Womens Society:

Speaking as an Iraqi and as a doctor she condemned the war and talked of the existing sanctions against Iraq:

"They[Iraqi people] are already dying, their children are dying in front of them and as a doctor I am helpless in giving any medicine because UN sanctions will not allow, and now they want us to die from bombing... where is the justice in that?"

War on children





Photos with captions:
Jeff Hoon - "War Monger"
Tony Blair - "Murderer"
Jack Straw - "Idiot"


Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London


Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London::

On the importance of demonstrating:

"Those who say 'when the war starts you must stop your opposition' could not be more wrong - if we are silent now it will merely strengthen George Bush in his sequence of wars. If he gets away with this it will be Iran, it will be North Korea. The US has an agenda for war stretching in to the future to secure its predominance and its economic interests...

What we are seeing is the knocking in place of the new world order that George Bush the first announced a decade ago. A world run from Wall Street and the White House with us as the loyal servants. That is not an acceptable future for humanity..."

On Muslims in London:

"We have in this city one person in ten is a Muslim. If the racists think they can take the excuse of this war to attack our Muslim London citizens they are wrong!.. "

Muslimah at the rally: whistles and chants to energise the crowd


Mike Rosen


Mike Rosen, Jewish anti-zionist poet:

He read a poem written specially for the day:

When they do war they forget how to count,
They forget how to count and
thats how they do it!

They come, they kill,
They kill, they go,
They give us no numbers, no names,
They disappear them, they vanish them,
Its how they do it!

They come, they kill,
They kill, they go,
Names are deleted, numbers are uncounted, Bodies are unincluded, faces are unremembered,
That's how they do it!

They come in, they flush out,
They mop up, they take out,
No numbers, no names,
No names, no numbers,
And its worth it they say, its worth it,
Believe us its worth it, believe us,
O yes,
It is worth it, if you forget how to count,
It is worth it, if you forget the numbers,
It is worth it, if you forget the names,
It is worth it, if you forget the faces,
That's how they do it!

But we're counting, watch us,
We're counting, listen,
We are counting and we count!

Poets against the war


Art Against The War

"Bombing Iraq Won't Help"

The placard shows details from Picasso's Guernica. The original 1937 painting depicts the terrorized and dying civilians at Guernica, a small Basque village in northern Spain that was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in support of Francisco Franco’s Nationalist army battling the Republican government during the Spanish Civil War. About 1,600 civilians were killed or wounded in three hours of bombardment.

For an entire generation of Europeans the bombing of Guernica and Picasso’s interpretation of the event signified the barbarity of fascism and the widespread determination to resist its violence and brutality.

Picasso himself described Guernica as "the picture of all bombed cities"

A tapestry of Guernica has hung outside the U.N. Security Council since 1985. In an act of extraordinary censorship United Nations officials covered up the tapestry during US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s February 5 presentation of the American case for war against Iraq.

Aside from its general evocation of antiwar sentiment, Picasso’s painting threatened to speak to historical parallels that the Bush administration and UN officials were clearly determined that the media or the public should not make.

A group of protesters held up copies of Picasso’s painting outside the UN on Wednesday while Powell was making his warmongering appeal.

[full view of Guernica]

[ Iraqnica - a parody of Picasso's Guernica ]


The reality of "Guernica" today in Iraq



Fawzi Ibrahim

Fawzi Ibrahim, Iraqi lecturer and trade union activist:

"Today the world is a more dangerous place then it was three days ago. Today there are more orphans, more widows, more widowers, more parents without their daughters and sons, and tomorrow the depleted uranium will take its toll on the living and those who are yet to be born. This is the legacy of George Bush and Tony Blair.

The whole world is united as never before against this war of aggression on Iraq. This war has been launched in defiance of the world and the world will never forget and will never forgive...."

"we will never forget and will never forgive..."

The truth is that the war is for the control of oil in Iraq, the creation of a puppet regime, and in the words of Donald Rumsfeld 'to teach by example'. And wars make money. Every bullet that's fired, uncle Sam takes a dollar, not to mention lucrative contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq. The more destruction there is the more reconstruction and more money is made. This is the logic of capitalism and imperialism.

We are told that the people of Iraq and Iraqi exiles are in favour of the war. We are told that the people in Baghdad cannot wait for a missile to hit them, we are told that they can't wait for the next b-52 to drop bombs on them. Let me tell you one thing, there is not one Iraqi, ,man woman or child, that does not understand the imperialist nature of this war...

The last thing the middle-east needs is yet another war, we already have one - that of the Israeli government against the Palestinians, we do not need another...

"TORY" Blair Terrorist
DUMB (Tory Blair) & DUMMER (George WALLY Bush)

We are told that our Prime Minister took the gamble of his life when he decided to go to war without a second UN security council resolution. It may be the gamble of his life, but he's not gambling with his life. He's gambling with the lives of Iraqis and lives of British troops... Mr Blair we shall not forget, neither shall we forgive - you're time is up!"




Keith Sonnet

Keith Sonnet, Deputy General Secretary UNISON:

"If the American and British government actually cared about the Iraqi people they wouldn't have sold Saddam Hussein these weapons in the first place.

If they wanted to create peace in the Middle East they would stop selling arms to Ariel Sharon..."






A spoof of the Star Wars film posters
START WARS - Gulf Wars Episode 2

[click to see another spoof poster]

These and similar spoof posters are available for sale from
Stop The War Coalition website.



Message from a Human Shield in Baghdad

Usma Bashir, a 30 year old woman from Bradford acting as a Human Shield in Baghdad. Her message was read out at the rally::

"I am writing to you today from a city rocked by bombs. Last night the US and the British unleashed 1000 missiles on Iraq. One of them landed beside the water treatment plant where I and 22 other human shields are living. The missile set off a major fire. None of the shields were injured and the treatment plant continues to work, providing 3 million people with drinking water. We are scared but we are resolute. You may ask me why I stay, it is because I have a choice to leave - the Iraqi people do not"


Human Shields bus leaving London on 25th Jan 2003 for Baghdad
For more information visit

Introduction from their website on what a human shield is all about:

"What would happen if several thousand Western citizens migrated to Iraq to stand side by side with the Iraqi people? The world's most powerful nation could be stopped in its imperialist tracks if thousands of Westerners might be killed by its oil/power lust war.

The Plan - To insight a mass migration of people to Iraq. To garner support by taking a convoy of buses from London to Baghdad. Our departure date is tentatively set for mid to late January from London but this is subject to the evolving situation. We plan to travel through Europe via London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich, Milan, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Halab on our way to Baghdad. All things going as planned we will conduct brief rallies and pick up more Human Shield volunteers along the way. Once in Baghdad we might set up a tent city and deploy ourselves to areas that are essential to the civilian population such as water plants, power plants, food silos, oil refineries, etc.

It is these sorts of sites that were criminally targeted by the U.S. in the 1991 Gulf War. Under international law, to which the U.S. is party, it is a war crime to harm or destroy facilities that provide essential services to the civilian population. If these sites are hit once again it will be the economic and environmental destruction, spreading of disease and lack of water that will so shamefully hit the children and poor yet again."


Dr. Azzam Tamimi

Dr. Azzam Tamimi, from the Muslim Association of Britain, warned Bush and Blair of the consequences of their war:

"This war is opening the doors of hell. I don’t know if George Bush and Tony Blair realise this or not ‘Baghdad is no simple place’. Baghdad, like Jerusalem, is deep in the hearts of the Muslim world. They raped Jerusalem before and today they are raping Baghdad, and this will not go unpunished."




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Anas Altikriti, spokesperson for
Muslim Associated of Britain
reiterates the importance of the
Boycott of Israeli & American goods:

(download 85kb, play dur: 41sec)



Yvonne Ridley, Journalist & Activist


Yvonne Ridley, Journalist & Peace Activist:

"This war is not in the name of the majority of the people he[Blair] was elected to represent. I urge everyone to fight and reclaim our precious democracy from the political bandits and thieves in Westminster...

The heroic Palestinian Intifada against the fourth largest army in the world is a living example of people power. If it weren't for the Palestinians, George Bush would have launched his war on Iraq a long time ago. I salute their bravery and I salute each and every one of them.."


Yvonne Ridley addressing the crowds


Tony Benn


Tony Benn, veteran politician and activist:

"It is important for us to realise what the war is about. It is a war against the Muslim world, its a war against the poor and hungry, it is a war against this country as well - its a war against our troops because they have been sent there and some have already died...

Never misunderstand what the policy of full spectrum dominance is about. The American pentagon, when Clinton was still there, came out with a policy what they call full spectrum dominance. United States intended to dominate the world by space, by air, by land, by sea and by information. And the most powerful weapon that they are deploying in Britain is misinformation about what is happening. There are information officers controlled by the pentagon and the ministry of defence who are deliberately misleading us, and keeping us in ignorance in the hope that we can be brought to support the war and that's why these demonstrations are so important. When you come here you will hear our views that you will not hear on the BBC. And you wont hear in the Sun or in the Daily Mail. You hear them from talking to people, and there are people here from all over the world - this is a university of peace."



For Peace

The colours of PEACE

Drums of Peace

Freedom for Palestine is the path to Peace


Jonathan Macarthy

Jonathan Macarthy, Deputy Chair, Liberal Democrats:

"What you have achieved today is seen by millions and millions of Muslims through out the world showing that we the people of Great Britain are with them..."




Billy Hayes

Billy Hayes, General Secretary Communications Workers Union (CWU):

"Remember what Bush said about the axis of evil, it won't stop at Iraq - it'll be Iran next, it'll be North Korea next. We need to hold this antiwar movement together, and we can do one of two things in the weeks ahead. We can sit in our homes and watch TV screens of death and destruction or we can get out on the streets and say WE DO NOT WANT THIS WAR!"


"Not in my name"




Adam Price

Adam Price, Plaid Cymru MP (Wales).:

"I am proud to be one of the majority of Welsh MPs that oppose this war, small countries the world over from Wales to Palestine are all opposed to this imperialist war... its a crime against humanity...."





One Family's Message...

"UK's Shame" - Skull & Bones Tony Blair
"Vive La France" - an acknowledgement of Frances refusal
to endorse the US war resolution at the UN

Three words to describe the US invasion of Iraq


Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger, Human Rights Activist, after condemning the war she blasted the US for interfering in the work of aid agencies working in Iraq.

"We believe that humanitarian aid should be delivered to the people of Iraq NOT under the control of the US government and the pentagon and the retired generals but it should be under the United Nations...."

Liberate The UN From US Tyranny




Lindsey German


Lindsey German, Chairperson Stop the War Coalition:

The attack on Iraq:

"One of the richest countries of the world is now attacking on of the poorest... We are committing an act of barbarism...We launched a thousand cruise missiles on Baghdad last night. Just imagine what that would be like if it was aimed at London. Just imagine if you were sitting in London... If you saw the weapons coming day after day... This is what we are raining on people in a country where nearly half the population is under the age of sixteen. This is like bombing a playground. And this is being done in our name.

"...this is being done in our name"

About the demonstrations:

We are going to continue to demonstrate, as long as it takes... and remember we are the many, they are the few. They have the tanks, we have the people."


George Galloway, MP


George Galloway, Member of British Parliament:

He started with an attack on the extreme bias of the BBC:

"My first words I want to address to the BBC, I want them to remember that they are supposed to be the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation, not a Bush Broadcasting Corporation. Not the Blair Broadcasting Corporation! It is we the people who pay their wages by our licence fees. I am tired of being marginalised and trivialised when we speak for the majority of the British people..."

Then he blasted Blairs false patriotism:

"Mr Blair says that now the bugles have blown we must all fall in to line. Well we say that the idea of my country right or wrong belongs in the 19th century with the gun boat diplomacy that he is deploying. That is the false patriotism which is the last refuge of the scoundrel. We will support our country when it is right and we will oppose our country when it is wrong! And we dont question the bravery of our young men and women in the gulf today, we say they are lions led by donkeys!"

On the lies being told about the Iraqi people:

"...debunked in the last 72 hours is the racist nonsense that alone of all the people of the world, the Iraqi people were just waiting for foreigners to kill them in order to free them! Because the Iraqi people are resisting in every town and city in Iraq, and many of them have now given there lives to defend their country."

"Dead Iraqis Can't Vote"
- a simple rebuttal to US claiming to bomb Iraq
in order to bring democracy

On stability and order:

"Mr Blair said in his address that he wants to create a world of order and stability. Well let me tell him that a thousand cruise missiles at a million dollars a throw, a billion dollars of death and destruction, has set off an earthquake through out the world and especially the Arab and Muslim world. That order and stability is the very last thing which he has created. Ten thousand new Bin Ladens have been born as a result of that earthquake!"

He closed by sharing a lesson from the past:

" Now let in close with the words uttered by the last British military commander to occupy Baghdad, General Maud in 1917 entered Baghdad and said, and I quote directly from the history books, he said 'we come not as conquerors but as liberators'. Within three years thousands of people including thousands of British people including himself were dead in Iraq as the Iraqi people using sticks and stones rose against the invaders. And the Iraqi people drove out the last foreign occupiers of their country and they'll drive out, God willing, this []."


Tariq Ali


Tariq Ali, Broadcaster and Writer (*):

He started by blasted the Prime Minister and his cabinet for their role in this unjust war:

"What sickens me is when you hear the spin doctors of the Prime Minister and his acolytes in the media saying 'at least we have a Prime Minister who despite public opinion, despite being in a minority in the country, leads from the front'. I dont believe that. He doesn't lead from the front when there is a war, he leads from behind. He doesn't lead from any ordinary behind, he leads from the behind of the American President! Where he's been for years now. When you look at Blair when he appears on television imagine whose behind he's sticking out of.

That special relationship!

And he has a cabinet who tell lies for him because he tells lies for them. And one of the most blair faced liars is an egocentric mediocrity called Jeff Hoon. And when Jeff Hoon says in answer to a parliamentary question that depleted uranium does not cause cancer, we say to him you are a blair faced liar.

When Tony Blair and Jack Straw and their apologists say that they supported the war in Iraq because Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and chemical weapons, we say you are a blair faced liar! You supported the war because the United States asked you to."

He concluded by a very useful suggestion as to the future path of the antiwar movement:

"We have got to transform this great anti war movement in to a global movement against the American empire..."

Download (shift-click) speech (real audio 7mins 857Kb)

(* whilst Tariq Ali, a self confessed non-Muslim, is excellent on anti-imperialist issues one should not forget his hatred of Islam as was revealed during the rushdie affair)


Mandy Telford

Mandy Telford, President of National Union of Students (NUS):

On the war:

"Hundreds of thousands of students have been out on the streets up and down the country to say no to war. This war is not about terrorism... We are hear to say that hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis must not be die. Not in our name!

A student member of CND giving out leaflets,
face paint reads "NO WAR"
t-shirt reads "Not In My Name"

On the governments priorities:

This is the government that says there is not enough money to save our education system, no money to pay lecturers what they deserve, no money to stop students living in poverty, but money to go to war."


Jeremy Corbyn, MP


Jeremy Corbyn, Member of British Parliament:

"I seem to remember being told by Tony Blair and Jack Straw last September and last October that there was no question that Britain would go to war without there being a moral, ethical, legal and United Nations basis for it. Well Tony, there is no moral basis for bombing Baghdad and Basra, there is no legal authority - you didn't even put a resolution to the UN because you knew that despite all the bribery, and all the money that was offered over the past few months not one country in the world other than Britain and the United States was prepared to vote for war!"

A play on words - a tribute to the French not caving in to US bullying


Paul Mackney


Paul Mackney, General Secretary of the University & College Lectures Union (NATFHE):

"After the bombing of Baghdad last night I have some questions for her majesty's ministers - who is the terrorist now Tony? Tell us Jack Straw have you now got your evidence of the weapons of mass destruction? And Clare [Short] is there enough reconstruction to do?"