Stop the War has faced a hurricane of malicious attacks in recent weeks, largely as a proxy means of trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

These attacks serve only to distract from the government’s crumbling case for war in Syria – and the fact that our movement has been proved right in its campaigns against the disastrous conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

The hundreds of thousands of dead in Iraq, the collapse of society in one country after another, the refugees drowning in the Mediterranean as they flee Libya, the hundreds of dead and maimed British soldiers are on the conscience of the war-addict politicians, not Stop the War.

Stop the War has nothing to apologise for and much to be proud of:

We are proud of our role in fighting for peace and social justice alongside the Muslim communities of Britain. We are proud that we brought tens of thousands of young people into political activity for the first time. We are proud to have worked with the courageous and unprecedented Military Families Against War movement.

Most of all we are proud that we gave a voice for millions of British citizens who knew better than the political elite – who knew that the Afghan war was a mistake, who believed they were being lied to about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” and who now know that the bombing in Syria will do nothing but add to the cycle of violence that has scarred British policy this century.

It is a pleasure to welcome Jeremy Corbyn, who has been part of the backbone of Stop the War from the start. He is among friends here tonight. And we know that the quarter of a million people who voted for him to become Leader of the Labour Party did so because of his stand against war, not in spite of it.

That is reflected in the fact that most Labour MPs, most shadow cabinet members and most Labour Party members have supported his principled stand against attacking Syria. This unity between a mass campaigning movement and the leadership of the Labour Party clearly makes some uncomfortable. Their New Year’s resolution needs to be to get used to it.”

Read John Harris’ interview with Andrew Murray in the Guardian…


Andrew Murray is chair of Stop the war and a contributor to 21centurymanifesto

His latest book, The Empire and Ukraine, published by Manifesto Books is now out

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3 thoughts on “Andrew Murray’s speech at the Stop the War dinner

  1. I’m against bombing we will end up killing more innocents, but what do we do. The fact is we will need to do something, but Syria is so messed up because of Assad. Assad is going to be the only winner of this and once he wins look out for deaths of anyone who went against him.

    I think on this one Corbyn is right, but I believe we should have gone with Troops on the ground protecting the people and the camps, food medical aid and protecting with troops on the ground.

    Because we will need somebody to stop Assad and ISIS and bombs alone will not do it.

    Talking peace who do you talk to these are not people they are animals killers religious nuts

  2. treborc: The Arab states and the USA are opposed to Assad because he stands between a Wahabi (extreme Saudi form of Islam) takeover of the formerly secular country in which Christian and mixed religious sects (like the Alawites, of Assad himself) hated by the Wahabis have been able to live together. The rebellion against Assad was plotted and financed from the USA and many of the anti-Assad agents are abroad where they can call for bombing with impunity imagining that they will eventually take control. The Russians have experienced similar plotting and funding of rebellion by the USA in Ukraine, and realise fully what the so-called coalition is up to. What needs to be done is to cut off the Daesh/ISIS bandits from their sources of finance and weaponry. The West can do this through the banks, the oil companies and pressure against the Saudis and Turkey, but they choose not to because ISIS attacking Assad suits US plans in the Middle East.

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