One of the activists coming to Britain for the International Peace Conference is Cindy Sheehan, whose son — US soldier Casey Sheehan — was killed in Iraq.
Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq last year, told Socialist Worker, “I will be welcoming Cindy Sheehan to Scotland on Thursday of this week. We will be going straight to lobby the Scottish parliament to demand troops out of Iraq. Hopefully we will meet some MSPs and Scotland’s first minister Jack McConnell.
“Sue Webster, whose son Phillip was killed in Iraq a few months ago, will also be joining us. We will also be holding a rally in Glasgow on Thursday evening.
“Then we will travel down to the peace conference in London. This is a very important event. The press isn’t telling us the truth about what is happening. This is a chance to let the Iraqi people know we support them.
“More and more families are joining Military Families Against the War. I stayed in London recently and two young boys from the army who had been injured in Iraq came up to me.
“They told me, ‘Don’t give up. Keep fighting because the government doesn’t care about us now we’re injured.’
“After Iraq and the recent films of soldiers being abused the motto of the army seems to be, ‘Sign up, get blown up, or get beaten up.’ The boys I talk to in Glasgow now say they’d rather be unemployed than join the army.
“It is coming up to Christmas. My son Gordon’s birthday is two days before Christmas. The best Christmas present any family could ask is for their son to come through the door and say they were home. That is worth more than any oil.”