Press Statement 7th April 2003
Bush/ Blair seek Peace Process alibi to cover their responsibility for slaughter in Iraq
Inexcusable for anti war political parties to participate in cynical Bush/
The following statement is being issued by the Socialist Party as we participate
in the anti war demonstration against the Bush/ Blair visit to Hillsborough, Belfast.
The visit to Northern Ireland by President Bush and Prime Minister Blair,
allegedly to assist the Northern Ireland peace process, is understood by the
vast majority of people to be a cynical manoeuvre. They seek to use the Peace
Process as an alibi to cover the bloody slaughter that they have unleashed on
It is abundantly clear by now that the reasons given for launching the invasion
of Iraq were fraudulent through and through. In fact the invasion is, as widely
recognised, a grab for Iraqi oil resources and an attempt to impose imperialist
control over the Middle East region.
It is inexcusable that those political parties who claim to take a serious anti
war position would participate in the cynical Bush/ Blair manoeuvre. Their
claim that they will make a verbal private protest to Messrs. Bush and Blair
doesn't negate the fact that their presence is being used by these leaders as a
cover for their criminal actions on Iraq.
Even as battles wage on in Iraq, we demand an immediate end to the slaughter and
that the Iraqi people are allowed to determine their own future free from local
dictatorships and imperialist and multinational corporate interference.
Joe Higgins T.D. (Socialist Party representative in the Dáil)
Peter Hadden (Secretary, Socialist Party, Northern Ireland)
The Socialist Party is affiliated to the Stop the War Coalition and to the Irish
Anti War Movement
For further information
contact Joe Higgins T.D. at 872943256 or Peter Hadden at 028 90232962