Protest: “Stop the Bombing of Iraq – Don’t Attack Syria”

Stop the Bombing of Iraq - Don't Attack Syria
Stop the Bombing of Iraq – Don’t Attack Syria

As nationwide protests are happening in the U.S. against the U.S. administration’s decision to attack Syria, similar demonstrations are now planned in the U.K. where Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to attack ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants in Iraq.

Stop the War Coalition – a local organization in the U.K. – has planned demonstration against the British Parliament’s decision to start the third Iraq War.

It says that the last two wars have brought almost unimaginable suffering to the people of Iraq and have helped to create the current chaos, driving the country to the brink of break up.

The U.K. government decided to join the fight against ISIS after a British hostage David Haines was reportedly beheaded by ISIS along with Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

The recent issue of Dabiq, the flagship magazine of the Islamic State, has given its version of the execution of the American journalist James Foley.

Meanwhile, John Cantlie, a British war reporter, appeared in a new video that is reported to be released by ISIS. In the video, Cantlie – who claimed to be an ISIS prisoner – says that “after two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?”

According to Stop the War Coalition, “They (U.K. government) claim this is a humanitarian operation to defeat ISIS. In fact, ISIS is backed by various Middle East powers and a new aerial bombardment will not defeat it. It will however, kill innocents, further fragment the country and inflame violence.”

It also says that the record of the West’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya show that as well as creating misery and mayhem, Western military interventions make the world a more volatile, dangerous place.

“Cameron’s new war has built-in mission creep. Discussions are already underway for Britain to join the bombing of Syria, and there are growing calls for boots on the ground,” according to Stop the War Coalition.

The organization is asking its supporters to “attend the demonstration against the insanity of another war on Iraq.” The demonstartion is planned for Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1pm at Temple Place London.

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