Joe Glenton, the anti-war soldier who refused to go back to Afghanistan, is to deliver a letter to Downing Street demanding the troops be withdrawn.
It will be the climax of Stop the War Coalition’s mass assembly in London’s Trafalgar Square this Saturday.
The assembly will mark ten years of a war that has cost tens of thousands of lives. The letter is signed by 20 former soldiers, British and American.
“Dissent is growing in the military against this war,” Joe told Socialist Worker. “The context of cuts at home is important. Soldiers are coming back to find their families under attack and society being cut to shreds.
“The recession has led to high levels of military recruitment. It’s effectively economic conscription.”
Joe added that military top brass are using young recruits as “fresh meat to feed their war machine”.
“It means they can replace a layer of soldiers who’ve done a few tours of duty and who are now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems,” he said.
“That’s why we’re looking to build a movement against the war within the military, along the lines of the movement among soldiers against the Vietnam war.”
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