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Stop the War: Debating the Afghanistan ‘war on terror’

Issue No. 2198

Campaigners came together at a meeting called by the Stop the War Coalition on Wednesday of last week to debate the what should be a central issue of the general election – the war in Afghanistan.

Martin Cakebread of the National Defence Association and Christopher Coker, a professor at the London School of Economics spoke in favour of British troops continuing their presence in Afghanistan.

They recycled the tired old arguments about “good military strategy” and “adequate equipment”.

Medhi Hasan of the New Statesman and Lindsey German, the convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, were there to voice the opinions of the majority of British people that all British troops should be withdrawn from the country.

Medhi Hasan said, “This war has been founded on media spin, government lies and army propaganda. No one believes that we are there for women’s liberation.

“They talk of bringing democracy but the corrupt elections, the government of Hamid Karzai and the occupation are doing nothing for the people of Afghanistan.”

Lindsey German said, “Other European countries have listened to the majority feeling of their population and withdrawn or seem more unwilling to fight this conflict.

“In Germany we are seeing protests by left politicians in the parliament saying that the war is wrong.

“Why is it that the British government continue to ignore majority feeling?

“We need to bring all the troops home now.”

A new poll came out this week that found that 77 percent of British people are against the war.

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Tue 20 Apr 2010, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2198
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