THERE IS a scene in the film Gangs of New York where one of America’s elite worries about the riots against the draft during the American Civil War of the 1860s.
An older, more canny member of the ruling class reassures him that as long as they can convince one half of the working class to kill the other half of the working class then they will be able to hold on to power.
That’s what we are seeing now. Working class people from Britain and the US, forced into the army simply to learn a trade, being sent around the world to kill other working class people.
That’s why the march called by Rose Gentle to demand that the troops are brought home is not going to take place outside the Scottish Parliament.
It is to take place in working class Pollok in Glasgow.
We are asking everyone who possibly can make it to join that march.
Tommy Sheridan , Scottish Socialist Party MSP speaking at the ESF Demonstrate—assemble 12 noon, Saturday 30 October, Pollok shopping centre, Glasgow.
Dunkan Tickner joined other former British troops at the closing demonstration of the ESF. He spoke to Socialist Worker about a campaign to get the troops out of Iraq.
WE ARE getting ourselves organised, and we now have a website. We have been talking to people around the country, and at the ESF we met people who have joined our campaign.
We are writing articles about why people join the army—most people join for economic reasons.
The website has had a good response. We’ve had
e-mails from all over Britain and the world telling us well done and we have to bring the troops back.
We are against all war because we’ve seen what happens. It doesn’t change.