The first one is from Fardous Bahbouh of Syria Solidarity UK. She takes a mature balanced approach, saying of the ordinary members of Stop The War Coalition (STWuk) groups that she has set out to engage with:
“I met many wonderful people, and I was touched by their compassion and eagerness to campaign against wars. I have so much respect for Stop the War’s protests against the Iraq invasion in 2003. I highly appreciate their recent campaign to welcome refugees.”
She also gives a very well presented case against the whole campaign waged by the STWuk leadership on Syria. See:
He also recommends other Syrian Solidarity Groups in the UK, that campaign alongside Syria Solidarity UK.
The second article is by Brighton based activist Paddy Vipond gives a similarly informed first hand account of the problem with the UK “Stop The War Coalition” (STWuk). The article states:
Also some information about the official patrons of STWuk:
Going back to the main article. Paddy Vipond describes clearly the problem the UK anti-war movement has with the Syrian Crisis. I do wonder what stance an anti-war movement could take. The limited scope of these movements is a fundamental issue. In an article in the Independent on the 11th Dec 2015, Tariq Ali states: “It [STWuk] does NOT take positions on the demerits or otherwise of the Taliban, Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad.” See:
So what can the STWuk have to say about a conflict in which the Assad regime that rules Syria is murdering 100,000s of Syrians, torturing 10,000s of others to death, and plunging millions into desperate poverty? A continuation of a policy of brutality that the regime has fairly consistently followed for the last 45+ years. Please read Tariq Ali’s article. Apart from noting the rhetorical omissions, please observe his repeated praise for the fact that STWuk has not changed. He neglects to realize that the since 2011, the conflicts they are campaigning on, have changed radically. He puts opposition to STWuk as motivated by opposition to the UK Labour Party’s new leader and STWuk supporter Jeremy Corbyn. As to the Scottish National Party (SNP) getting away with the same nonsense on Syria. Some people did criticize them harshly, which was twisted into anti-Scottish sentiment even when made by people who are not English. The SNP’s position needs vigorous criticism, partly because they have the MPs in the UK parliament with direct political power.