In the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq five years ago, while much of the media was banging the drums of war, the anti-war movement warned of coming catastrophe.
We said that the anger generated by the war would reverberate across the Middle East and beyond. We said that millions would die and that millions more would suffer.
Today few doubt that the anti-war movement’s predictions turned out to be true. The war has spread to engulf Pakistan, Lebanon and Somalia, and intensified in Palestine.
Yet it was not a sense of vindication that motivated thousands of anti-war campaigners to take the streets last weekend, but the prospects of new wars and new horrors to come.
War remains a central feature of global politics. The growing prospect of an attack on Iran terrifies millions – and would unleash a new cycle of violence upon the world.
Those who marched understand this clearly. They also understand that by mobilising now we create the basis for a movement that is strong enough to ensure that Britain does not join any attack on Iran.