BLAIR WANTS to draw a line under the war and move on. He wants us to forget about the 10,000 civilians who have died in Iraq since the war began. He wants us to forget that, far from bringing democracy to the country, the US plans to impose a government on Iraq.
He wants us to accept as routine Iraq's oil wealth being grabbed by US corporations, while hunger and disease ravage the country and hospitals are starved of basic supplies. An international day of protests on 20 March will mark the anniversary of the first bombs raining down on Baghdad. It is more important than ever to take to the streets.
There are daily reports of death and suffering in Iraq, and the routine torture of Iraqi prisoners by British troops. One British soldier is to be charged with manslaughter after Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa was beaten to death.
A soldier who witnessed the beatings told the press last week, 'Some soldiers were just coming up booting them in the stomach and punching them. It was bang, bang, bang-kick, punch, bang. The moans and groans and yells were going on for ages. The prisoners were pleading, 'Please stop, please stop.' The soldiers were having a laugh and a joke. They were shouting and swearing and screaming at them, calling them 'stupid Iraqi bastards' and 'fucking Pakis'. The Iraqis were crying and screaming with pain so loud it kept soldiers at a nearby barracks awake.'
Other cases now under Ministry of Defence investigation include:
This is what Blair wants us to forget-a country ravaged by war, plundered by foreign powers and brutalised by occupying troops. Last year's anti-war demos shook the rulers of the world.
On 20 March we have a chance to show that we will not forget what is happening in Iraq. We will not accept as routine the horrors of imperialism. Everyone who protests on 20 March will be living proof that the anti-war movement will not let Blair get away with murder.
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