Thursday, October 04, 2007
Brown is making very slow, half-hearted gestures toward withdrawal from southern Iraq. But he is also dedicated to escalating the increasingly ruthless war in Afghanistan. And, as we now know, he supports an attack on Iran. It won't be an all-out assault, if it happens: it will be a series of bombing raids, designed to humiliate and weaken the Iranian president by proving that he cannot defend his people and stop them from being killed. It will be, to put it another way, an elaborate punishment beating. Don't think this can't work: it can work. It has worked in the past. And we can't afford to underestimate the seriousness of this. If they get away with attacking Iran, they have already recouped some of the losses inflicted on them by the opposition in both Iraq and Afghanistan, who - we now have General Sir Richard Dannatt's word for it - are largely ordinary people defending themselves. We have to clobber the government on the war before it decides to expand it. And if they do decide to attack Iran, there won't be a build-up: it'll be a very sudden onslaught. So, we have to prepare our actions in advance. You could always pledge civil disobedience in the event of war. That's what we need to do: not a token one-off gesture, because that won't work, but a sustained campaign of interrupting the daily processes of life in this country if they decide to go on another murdering spree.
Make a note of the details: assemble at Trafalgar Square, Monday 8 October, 1pm. Throw a sickie at work, bunk off school, do what you have to do. And I'll see you there.