Please join Bristol Stop The War supporters and otherson the Centre, opposite the Hippodrome, at 11am tomorrow - Saturday 31st August. There will a brief protest against the continuing threat to attack Syria followed by leafletting in various parts of the city. If you can't come to the Centre but want to help with leafleting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Bring friends, placards, banners etc.
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Yesterday's vote in parliament is welcome. MPs reflected the majority view in the country and rejected the government's plans to join an attack on Syria. It represented the victory of mass anti-war opinion over the interests of the UK elite that has been enthusiastically participating in US-led wars over the last decade and more. There can be no doubt that the hundreds of demonstrations, protests, rallies and pickets of the last twelve years have been central to bringing the war makers low and making it impossible for Cameron to join in another catastrophic attack.
Congratulations to every single person who has taken action against war over those years. Protest has been successful. We have made a difference.
However the USA still plans to go ahead with an attack. The USA has no right to lecture other countries on the use of chemical weapons – they used napalm & Agent Orange in Vietnam. In Iraq, they used weapons that have contaminated the country for years causing cancers and birth deformities.
An attack by USA & Britain wasn't planned to help the Syrian people but to try to ensure that the outcome of the civil war suits the USA and Britain. In Syria and the Middle East it would, rightly, be seen as taking sides in the civil war.
The USA and Britain have already brought death and destruction to Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. For the last two years our government has backed financial, military and surveillance intervention in Syria. This has been done in conjunction with undemocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. At every stage, this has helped escalate the civil war. An attack by the USA, with or without Britain, will have the same effect, probably leading to the war spilling over Syria's borders.
We must oppose any military attack on Syria.