Nu’man Abd al-Wahid: The poppycock of the British anti-war movement

By Arab Media Watch member Nu’man Abd al-Wahid

5 March 2008

It is commonplace in the literature of the British anti-war movement that Britain invaded Iraq with the US purely out of Tony Blair’s subservient attachment to George W. Bush. In the introduction to the official manual of the anti-war movement, “Stop War: The story of Britain’s biggest mass movement,” written by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German, the president of the movement and former Labour MP Tony Benn asserts that Britain was “taken” into the war “at the behest of President Bush and his neo-con apparatchiks…” The chair of the movement goes on to state that Britain was “dragged” into this invasion “at the instigation” of the US. The evidence, as we shall see, simply does not exist for such assertions.

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