A powerful international labour-based movement for democracy and international solidarity can defeat both George W Bush's war for oil and Saddam Hussein's bloody dictatorship. In the immediate term, we want to consolidate a democratic, secular and internationalist pole in the British anti-war movement.
We want to build a visible alternative to the orientations in the movement that are expressed in the Cairo Declaration-which through its slogans, such as "solidarity with Iraq", conflates the peoples of Iraq and its vile government-and in link-ups with the Muslim Association of Britain-which is not a broad Muslim community group, but the main British offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Arab world's largest Islamic-fundamentalist political party. We appeal to Solidarity readers to sign and circulate the international appeal "No to war! No to Saddam!".
To read and sign the statement go to www.thirdcamp.org.uk.
The statement has already been translated into Farsi, Finnish, French and German. The appeal originated in the USA, where it has been signed by leftists including Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky and Edward Said.
Signatories to the international version include:
Alliance for Workers' Liberty; Norma Anderson, Scottish Socialist Party; Gabriel Baramid, Canada; Natasha Bentley; Professor Irene Bruegel; Florence Cediey, France; Phil Chappell, Bangkok; Professor Patricia Chilton, University of East Anglia; Achim Christopherson, Verdi; Violette De Simini, Montreal; Professor Saoud El Mawla, Beirut; Zahra Erfani, Zurich; Micheline Esa Hazou; Kat Fletcher, National Union of Students; Akis Gavriilidis, Initiative for the Greek Social Forum; Judith Vidall Hall, editor Index on Censorship; Tero Hannula, Finland; Helmut Kaiser, IG Metall; Aulis Kallio, editor of Sarastus (Finland); Mehdi Kia, co-editor Iran Bulletin; Daniel Koskinen, Amnesty International; Riki Lane, co-convenor Socialist Alliance Australia; Tuula Aisonlahti, Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat, Finland; PCS DETR London; Peter John McCarthy, Wandsworth Borough Council; Ardeshir Mehrdad, Iran Bulletin and editor of the journal Rah-e-Kargar; Dr Golmorad Moradi, Iran; Muna Nashashibi, on behalf of the Coalition for Palestine; Kazem Nik-khah, Worker-communist Party of Iran (Britain); David Osler, author and journalist; Socialist Alliance England; Kath Owen, National Union of Students; J Donald Rude, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Randa Chahal Sabbag, Movie Productions; Professor David Seddon, University of East Anglia; Brian Slade, Hong Kong; Stockport and Tame Valley DWP PCSU; Ashok Subron, Lalit, Mauritius; Worker-communist Party of Iraq (Britain); Workers' Left Unity Iran; Workers' Liberty Australia; Professor Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University. (All in a personal capacity.)