Sunday, 18 January 2009

Happy New Year - Is it?


This is my first piece for the blog in 2009, and it’s very hard to think of any really good reasons for wishing readers a Happy New Year albeit somewhat belated; as I ought to, and normally do.
Some how I have a feeling way down deep in side of me, that for many millions around the world, struggle will have a whole new meaning before to long, as the unstable crises of capitalism in our world rips into the aperture of life. Thousands of jobs are going every week as Britain descends into a full-blown recession. The cull is affecting every sector, from banking and retail to engineering and construction.

Unemployment is likely to rise above 3 million in the current recession, Bank of England's labour market expert, David Blanchflower, has warned.

Gaza
No one could have missed the first three weeks of violence and needles bloodshed perpetuated between Hamas in Gaza and the armed forces of Israel. I was viewing video of the last London demonstration on the Stop the War Coalition(STW)website, a strange name for an organisation that has given a platform to speakers who side with the Hamas leaders and their wish to wage a war, a war where the innocence on both sides are the real victims, more than 320 children have thus far been killed, and more than 1,500 wounded, since the onset of the violence. More than half the population of Gaza happen to be innocent children which should be something of great concern.

The morgues of Gaza's hospitals are over-flowing. The bodies in their blood-soaked white shrouds cover the entire floor space of the Shifa hospital morgue it has been reported. Some are intact, most horribly deformed, limbs twisted into unnatural positions, chest cavities exposed, heads blown off, skulls crushed in. Family members claim a brother, husband, father, mother, wife, child. Many of those who wait their turn have lost numerous family members and loved ones.

There is no such thing as a just war, or has there ever been in the whole history of humanity, if anyone has an opposing view then please feel free to comment. Coming back to the London Demonstration, which was sadly marred and blemished with outbreaks of violence between the police and some participants, hardly helps matters, having said that; I’m not at all surprised it occurred, after having attended the demonstration last summer held in Parliament Square when the so called Coalition, organised a Central London protest against the visit of George W Bush to Downing Street, and meeting with Gordon Brown. This was not a big turnout event, probably only a few thousand strong but I sensed confrontation was a brewing in the air, and right enough their indeed was one, with the Respect MP Galloway, in the thick of it! A few days latter The Mail on Sunday and Galloway identified one ‘protester’ as a police ‘agent provocateur’. Since then nothing has been heard with regard to this allegation, probably because this was only an attempt by Galloway to reposition him-self following the split within his Respect Party, which involved other STW leaders. One final point is how can anyone give support to Hamas and at the same time draw comparisons’ (as platform speakers did) with South African apartheid, what replaced it?
The Socialist Party position is this: Peace is always better than war. Because wars are never fought in the interests of ordinary people. And because in wars it is always ordinary people who suffer. So, irrespective of the issues involved or the terms agreed, Socialists can only welcome the ending of any war in any part of the world. Stop the killing is our permanent policy.

As Socialists we re-affirm that all peoples should seek their emancipation, not as members of nations or religions or ethnic groups, but as human beings, as members of the human race. They should unite to abolish the division of the world into so-called nation-states and to establish a World Cooperative Commonwealth of which we will all be free and equal members - citizens of the world, not subjects of nation-states.

Happy New Year?

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