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Soldiers: pawns in their game

Issue No. 1923

IT’S NOT just the US army that is seeing anti-war feeling. More British soldiers are becoming disillusioned by what they are being told to do in Iraq.

One British soldier just back from Iraq spoke to Socialist Worker. He cannot be named because he is still in the army. He said:

‘BRITISH SOLDIERS have been used like pawns in a big chess game. I was based in Basra. We expected to be peacekeeping. But that never happened.

We went straight into combat. I spent three months out in Iraq.

None of the equipment was right—sand kept clogging up the vehicles, our boots were melting under the sun, our weapons jammed because of the hot weather.

Everything we were told about weapons of mass destruction was a lie. We fought George Bush’s war for him. Tony Blair was Bush’s lapdog. It was all just a big game for Bush and Blair.

The lies have caused the deaths of countless soldiers. And Iraqi civilians are suffering too. They are standing up for their own country. It is just horrible when you have to fire back.

The Iraqi people hate us. They see us as their captors, not their liberators.

They see us as the French saw the Germans when they invaded France during the Second World War.

If someone invaded Britain we’d be exactly the same.

People need to keep campaigning against the war. My message to people on Sunday’s anti-war march would be, don’t let anyone get in your way. Carry on protesting.’

Greek sailor wins Iraq court victory

PROTESTS HAVE forced the Greek authorities to release a sailor who has refused to serve aboard a navy frigate destined for the Gulf.

A court freed Giorgos Monastiriotis last week, pending a full appeal.

He had been held in prison following a three year and four month sentence handed down by a navy court last month.

But a major campaign by the anti-war movement in Greece has got him out, and we are determined to keep up the pressure in the run-up to his appeal.

Panos Garganas, (Workers Solidarity Socialist Worker’s sister paper in Greece)

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Wed 13 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1923
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