The Socialist Alliance hosted a lively debate about the war last week in London. David Aaronovitch, a prominent pro-war journalist, argued that the action had brought about the end of the Taliban. He also hoped that the new US-sponsored Afghan government would bring real change.
Mike Marqusee spoke for the Socialist Alliance, opposing the war. He argued that the US had no evidence to justify its military action. He also said that the US was using the situation to build new coalitions and punish old enemies.
The discussion from the floor was very well informed and passionate. People raised points about Iraq, Somalia, Kosovo, China and Palestine.
Over 120 people demonstrated against the war in Afghanistan in Exeter last Saturday.