Debate & discussion: SWP votes down troops out now

Submitted by Anon on 23 November, 2004 - 6:26

At the Stop the War Coalition's National Council meeting in Leeds on Saturday 13 November the SWP leadership forced through a remarkable decision.

It voted down a motion which would have committed the Stop the War campaign to an immediate end of the occupation of Iraq. Yes, you did read that correctly. We now have a "Stop the War" campaign that refuses to support an immediate withdrawal of the occupying troops. This is a stunning betrayal of the thousands involved in StW and the millions whom have supported it.

Anyone opposing the platform (i.e. SWP) position — or even voicing mild criticism of it — was reviled (often directly from the chair) as childish, a liar, disruptive or a tiny revolutionary group on the left.

There must be some principle, somewhere, that the SWP are not willing to betray. I just haven't found one yet.

Mike Davies

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