I am glad to see that anti-war sentiment is becoming more mainstream. From today’s SMH:
“There’s never been this level of protest prior to a war even happening,” he said. “People just think this is very wrong and they’re starting to find ways to express it.”
The Network was formed in September by more than 50 of Victoria’s peak organisations to oppose the looming war with Iraq.
Its chief objection is that the war would result in “widespread slaughter” of countless Iraqi civilians.
“The second concern is that it increases the likelihood of terrorist attacks on Australian civilians; it is actually a threat to the security of Australian people if Australia supports a US-led attack,” Mr Lawson said.
“The third reason from our point of view is that the war will be illegal and is clearly not going to increase security in the Middle East.”
Mr Lawson pointed out that the United States “has more weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, biological, chemical weapons – than any other country”.
He said America itself posed the greatest threat to world peace.
“The US is taking a completely unilateral course,” he said. “It’s saying that it can strike anywhere, any time, on the flimsiest of pretexts.
“It is the real rogue state in the world today and unfortunately it’s the most powerful.”
Sydney’s Walk Against The War Coalition spokeswoman Hannah Middleton said unpopular US policy was propelling many into the peace movement.
She said people were fed up with the double standard of America targeting Iraq while possessing its own weapons of mass destruction and ignoring the weapons stockpiled by nations such as Israel and Pakistan.
“America says, ‘We can launch pre-emptive strikes’ – which of course is just the new buzz word for what the United Nations calls ‘aggression’,” Dr Middleton said.
“It’s bully-boy destruction of international accepted standards and replaces the rule of law by the rule of the jungle.”