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Withdraw the invitation

The world's No. 1 war criminal, George W. Bush is due to visit Ireland on 25 and 26 June. One year on from the brutal invasion of Iraq, a British based charity has estimated that up to 60,000 people have been killed as a result of the war and subsequent occupation. The original justification for war - that Iraq was in possession of weapons of mass destruction - has been shot through with so much evidence to the contrary that the fact that this was the premise for launching the war seems laughable.

By Matt Waine

The vast majority of ordinary people were under no illusions as to the reason for this war. It was clear from day one that this was nothing more than a naked form of imperialist plunder - driven by the desire of US big business to control Iraq's cheap oil. On 15 February last year 30 million people protested in cities and towns across the world because they saw through the lies of Bush, Blair and indeed our own Bertie. 150,000 protested in Dublin angered by the fact that Ahern and Co. were willing to be mesmerized by the lies of Bush and allow US warplanes use Shannon as a giant aircraft carrier

But, as if that isn't enough, Ahern and Co. are now allowing Ireland to be used as a giant election podium from which Bush can send home scenic pictures of the Cliffs of Moher with the hope that they will push the horrific pictures of Iraq off the TV screens of America and help dupe the 40 million or so Irish-American voters into voting for him.

The vast majority of Irish people are appalled by the actions and policies of Bush and the Republicans and do not want this visit to go ahead. Over the next weeks and months Socialist Youth and the Stop Bush Campaign we have set up, will be demanding the withdrawal, not only of all US troops from Iraq, but also the invitation to Bush.

We are organising school students in a broad campaign to oppose this visit. Last year school students in their thousands took part in walkouts and strikes in opposition to the war. School students should organise similar protests when Bush comes to visit.

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This article is from the April 2004 edition of Socialist Voice.

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