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Soldiers’ families: ‘We are angry’

Issue No. 1998

Over 50 military families were set to lay a wreath at Downing Street on Wednesday of this week to show their anger at the war in Iraq and at Tony Blair’s refusal to meet with the families of soldiers killed in Iraq.

The military families’ campaign is growing all the time with more families getting involved. They include those who have lost family members in the war, those who have relatives currently serving or who have served in Iraq.

The families will meet with MPs in the House of Commons before walking to Downing Street to hand in a petition and lay a wreath in honour of those who have died in Iraq.

Three years into the war, many people who believed George Bush and Tony Blair’s lies about the Iraq war are now angry about the continuing occupation.

One mother from the Midlands whose son is in the army and is due to be sent to Iraq in the next few weeks spoke to Socialist Worker. She said that she had believed the lies about weapons of mass destruction but now she felt betrayed by the government.

She said, “Nothing that this government says seems to have any basis in reality. They lied about how dangerous Saddam Hussein was so that we would back their war.

“And it turns out that not only were they after the oil, but they now won’t leave and let the Iraqis get on with rebuilding their lives.

“The troops do little other than protect their own bases. It is plainly obvious that they are there for no other reason than oil. They aren’t able to help the Iraqi people – you can’t force democracy on people.”

Dave Corrigan served in Iraq as a paramedic at the start of the war. He told Socialist Worker that Wednesday was an important event for military families.

He said, “We have to make sure that Tony Blair knows that we are still angry. We are still waiting for him to take responsibility for this war and for the people who have died or had their lives ruined by his war.

“I think that military families have a special role to play. But it is important that campaigners from all walks of life come together to make sure we are heard.”

For more information go to www.mfaw.org.uk


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Sat 29 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1998
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