MPs vote to start bombing Iraqby Judith Orr
MPs voted to bomb
MPs voted to back David Cameron’s proposal to launch air strikes to join the
Cameron said, “This is going to be a mission that will take not just months but years, but I believe we have to be prepared for that commitment.”
MPs were recalled to parliament for the vote—and to their shame the majority of Labour MPs lined up to back the Tories’ new war.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said bombing
But Labour MP and chair of the Stop the War Coalition (StW) Jeremy Corbyn voted against the motion. He spoke to Socialist Worker on the eve of the vote as Stop the War Coalition protesters gathered outside Downing Street in
Corbyn said, “This is the third time I’ve been asked to bomb
He pointed to the hypocrisy of the West in their arguments for the latest war drive, “they are joining with
MPs congratulated themselves on what many declared was a serious debate. The shadow cast by the last war on
Few pointed to the reality of the bloodshed and causalities that the vote would unleash on people in the region. The only justification was a vague aim to destroy Islamic State, the sectarian organisation formerly known as
The vote was on a motion to bomb
Cameron even asserted that he could legally order action against
Even Miliband did not rule out spreading the war into
Several MPs also refused to rule out sending troops on the ground.
Sami Ramadani, an Iraqi socialist and an exiled opponent of the Saddam Hussein, told Socialist Worker, “They failed to win a vote to bomb
But in reality their motives are very different. “This is a chance for the
Islamic State is a product of the sectarian regime created by the West after its invasion and occupation of
The West used sectarianism to help crush opposition in
A new war allows Islamic State to pose as the militant opposition to imperialism, and so it can actually feed its growth.
The Western warmongers destroyed
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