Socialist Alliance statement on London bombings
- London bombings – the price of the ``war on terror''
A statement from the Socialist Alliance (Australia)
July 8, 2005
The Socialist Alliance condemns outright the horrific bombings in London
yesterday and expresses our solidarity with all the victims and their
families and friends.
The bombings are in no way a blow against imperialist exploitation and
oppression. The majority of those killed and wounded in London will have
opposed the imperialist leaders' wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and many
will have supported the huge protests against world poverty in Scotland
this week. Meanwhile the G8 leaders were safe behind fortified walls,
protected by thousands of police and armed forces, plotting how to
entrench their exploitation of the oppressed peoples of the world.
For Tony Blair, George Bush, John Howard and Co, the London bombing,
like those in Bali, Madrid and 9/11 itself, is not a tragedy but an
opportunity. It is already being used to whip up ``anti-terrorist''
hysteria and to try to silence the now far-reaching condemnation of the
imperialists' wars and occupations, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine
Yesterday’s horrific events reveal yet again that the claims by Blair,
Bush and Howard that their ``war on terror'' has made the world a safer
place are entirely false. In fact, the ``coalition of the willing'' has
created more, not less, terrorism. Since the formal declaration of the
war there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of major
Terrorists are not born with terrorist ideas; they are produced by lives
of repression, violence, poverty and humiliation. The London tragedy is
one more reflection of the universal violation of democratic and human
rights by the imperialist system. For so long as global inequality and
injustice continue, countless thousands more innocent people will die
The Socialist Alliance will continue to campaign for the immediate
withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and for an
end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. This is the most effective way
to make the world a safer place.
Meanwhile, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Middle Eastern
and Muslim communities against every xenophobic attack and continue to
campaign for the repeal of all state and federal ``anti-terror'' laws,
laws which do nothing to reduce the risk of terrorist attack but do
drastically reduce democratic rights and are being systematically used
against Middle Eastern and Muslim Australians in particular.
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