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Peace Vigil This Sunday in London


Stop the War Coalition London Solidarity Gathering,
2pm, Sunday 17th July, Russell Square London

Jointly organised by Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain. In solidarity with the families of the dead and injured and in opposition to the racism and Islamophobia which have resulted since Thursday's attacks. Please bring flowers and tell others.

Peter Brierley lost his son Shaun in Iraq in 2003
Peter spoke at the vigil held in the gardens of Friends meeting house last Saturday. More than 1000 people attended. This is what he said, “I really empathise with the victims and their families. Their suffering affects me as much as the loss of my own son. The same is true of people suffering in Iraq.The London bombing has nothing to do with Muslims hating non-Muslims. But I do have to tell Mr Blair that it is to do with the hatred stoked up by the illegal Iraq war.Withdrawing our troops from Iraq won’t get rid of terrorism overnight. But it will make it less likely, and I now believe it is the right thing to do to start making the world safer.When my son was killed I believed the war was right. But from what we have learnt since I know it was wrong.What was a personal tragedy for me and my family has become part of a greater tragedy that now includes the bombings in London and the daily bombings in Iraq.I work in the bus industry and I’d call on everyone to be vigilant. I hope those responsible are caught quickly.But our best defence is the multiethnic nature of Britain standing together for peace and for a drastic change in foreign policy.

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Here's what former president George H.W. Bush said about that kind of crime: "Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors." That's from a speech on April 26, 1999.

Unfortunately, republicans put party above all else. So who hates America?

They claim to believe in a Christian God and that means they are on a holy war. Is there any surprise that members of other faiths are going to come back after them? Secularism is the way forward; morals don't need faith just good common sense and there's no sense in picking fights with religious zealots.

I urge everyone of good mind to join the NSS or the Brights and show the advantage of being answerable to living peers; not the invisible sky fairy.

I can't join you, but my thoughts and best wishes will.

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