Motion to Stop the War Coalition national conference
The following motion, submitted by the Socialist
Unity Network, was passed at the Stop the War Coalition national conference held on
12 February 2005:
conference believes that the ultimate responsibility for the current violence in
Iraq lies with the US occupation. However the kidnapping or murder of civilians
is unjustifiable whoever is responsible.
conference endorses the letter to the Independent by Andrew Murray sent on 7th
January that said: "we have repeatedly denounced the murder of civilians" and
the letter to the Observer by Lindsey German on 9th January saying: "we condemn
the killing of Iraqi trade unionists".
conference notes that the recent murder of Iraqi trade union official Hadi Salih
is being exploited by some who wish to harm the anti-war movement.
conference recognises that the Stop the War Coalition embraces individuals and
organisations with a wide range of opinions. Individuals and organisations can
take different attitudes towards the insurgency in Iraq, and which civil
institutions in Iraq they support, while still uniting to campaign together for
an end to the occupation and the withdrawal of British troops.
conference affirms that we see diversity as a strength, and we deplore those
seeking to split the anti-war movement.
Socialist Unity also nominated Andy Newman for
the StWC national steering committee, alongside Swindon and Bristol StWC groups,
and we are happy to report that Andy was elected.
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