PROTEST OUTSIDE STORMONT
From 2.30pm Monday 16th JuneCalled by ‘Bush Not Welcome’ – 07876146473
Why you should protest against Bush
Protest against George Bush
Bush will be visiting Belfast as part of his swan song tour of Europe. Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness invited the world’s number one war criminal to Northern Ireland when they met him in the White House last December. Paisley and McGuinness had been in the US with their “begging bowl” trying to persuade US multinationals to invest in Northern Ireland, with a promise of well educated, low paid workers who would be able to make them big profits.
The recent US investment conference declared that Northern Ireland was open for exploitation, with Paisley, McGuinness and Gordon Brown all agreeing to pursue a fast track neo-liberalism which will see the wholesale privatisation of public services and public assets.
SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness believes that Bush has “maintained a constant and active interest in Northern Ireland and I suppose in the twilight of his administration he wants to maximise the opportunities that present themselves to reaffirm the things he did for people here.”
When he makes his fleeting visit to Stormont on 16 June we can expect praise will be heaped on President Bush for his support of the so-called “peace process”. Incredibly Bush is also trying to masquerade as a man of peace in the Middle East!
The Socialist Party will be protesting against Bush when he visits Belfast to drive home the message that as the leader of US imperialism and a war criminal he is not welcome in Northern Ireland.
Bush is finishing out his last term as president as one of the most hated presidents in US history. Americans are sick of the war in Iraq, worried about the decline of the economy and furious at the rising costs of healthcare and cuts in public services by the Bush regime.
Estimates claim that over one million Iraqis have died in the five years since Bush ordered the invasion. A further 4.5 million have either fled the country or are internal “refugees”. Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary has written in his new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated “political propaganda campaign” led by President Bush and aimed at “manipulating sources of public opinion” and “downplaying the major reason for going to war”. Scott McClellan who is himself guilty of perpetrating the lie about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and that Saddam Hussein was linked to the 9/11 attacks “exposes” in his book what we have known all along “the Iraq war was not necessary”.
According to the Centre for Public Integrity the Bush regime told 935 lies about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda.
Under this enormous barrage of propaganda from the Bush regime fully aided and abetted by the US media conglomerates the majority of Americans believed the hype about the war in Iraq. However those days are long gone. The American people have painfully learnt that the war was based on a lie and 70% now oppose the occupation with 64% supporting the withdrawal of US troops within a year.
The war in Iraq costs the US taxpayers $720 million a day, that’s an incredible $500,000 a minute! Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz estimates the war could cost up to $3 trillion. Whilst this money is being obscenely squandered in perpetrating an enormous crime against the Iraqi people, working class Americans are losing their jobs, their homes and dying for lack of quality healthcare in the richest country in the world.
George Bush promised to liberate Iraq and bring freedom to its long suffering people. Instead he has brought them only death, destruction and abject misery. Social conditions in Iraq are so bad that 70% lack access to clean water and four million don’t know where their next meal is coming from – yet Iraq has the world’s second largest oil reserves worth trillions of dollars. The US war and occupation was meant to be followed by a reconstruction of the country’s damaged infrastructure. Conditions are so bad in Baghdad that there is a lake of sewage so large that it can be seen from space.
The US invasion and occupation has unleashed an horrific sectarian war which has seen Shia and Sunni militia slaughter thousands and has resulted in the majority of people now living in exclusively either Shia, Sunni or Kurdish areas. 70% of Iraqis believe that the recent “surge” by the US military has made the situation even worse.
When George Bush is in Belfast on 16 June being lauded by all of the politicians in the Assembly, remember his crimes in Iraq and take note of the smiles on the faces of Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness as they pose for photos with this despicable war criminal….