Respect and Galloway on bombings
- Statement on the London bombings by George Galloway on behalf of Respect
We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who
have lost their lives today and our heartfelt sympathy to all those
who have been injured by the bombs in London.
No one can condone acts of violence aimed at working people going
about their daily lives. They have not been a party to, nor are they
responsible for, the decisions of their government. They are entirely
innocent and we condemn those who have killed or injured them.
The loss of innocent lives, whether in this country or Iraq, is
precisely the result of a world that has become a less safe and
peaceful place in recent years.
We have worked without rest to remove the causes of such violence from
our world. We argued, as did the security services in this country,
that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of
terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners have now paid the
price of the government ignoring such warnings.
We urge the government to remove people in this country from harms
way, as the Spanish government acted to remove its people from harm,
by ending the occupation of Iraq and by turning its full attention to
the development of a real solution to the wider conflicts in the
Only then will the innocents here and abroad be able to enjoy a life
free of the threat of needless violence.
* George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow