The attendance at yesterday’s Stop the War Coalition conference was unbelievably large. Old supporters have been reenergised after the Gaza bombings, and a whole tranche of new people have joined, seen notably with the recent university occupations.
In my speech, with the new president in the White House, looking into the crystal ball this year was more complicated than previously. The indications however are that Iraq and Afghanistan are not going to go away any time soon as issues, albeit with a different tone being adopted on the former.
Then there’s the Palestinian question. Even now that the dust has settled on the bombings, the determination of young activists in particular to see through different forms of campaigning action to make a difference is something which will be a lasting legacy of what happened. Such vibrancy hasn’t been seen since before the Iraq invasion, when huge numbers of even school children took part heavily in activities. The belief in the movement in the importance of its work is definitely higher than it’s been for quite some time.
Posted by Osama Saeed