On 8 October MPs return from their long summer break. No such luck for the 5,000 British soldiers stuck in Iraq as part of the catastrophic occupation.
British troops have been withdrawn from their last base in Basra City. The Basra Palace base has been the target for continuous attack over the last months. Downing Street has tried to spin the withdrawal as 'part of the process of handing over power to the Iraqi government'. In fact this is an ignominious defeat for both the army and their political masters.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq has been one of the great crimes of recent times. The remnants of the British forces in Iraq are now hunkered down at Basra airport where they have no real political or military role except to provide target practice for the Iraqi insurgent groups and to give George Bush political cover.
What is essential now is that the troops are brought home as a matter of urgency and are no longer part of the continuing American occupation of that country.
The Stop the War Coalition says it is time MPs got the message. On 8 October we want them to hear it from thousands of people as they return to the Commons.
We are organising a mass demonstration and lobby outside Parliament on 8 October to ensure that our representatives hear what the people want: TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ NOW!
Official Website: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=91&extmode=view&extid=76