I really resisted the temptation to post a ‘told you so’ message to the anti-war brigade while watching the statue of Saddam being toppled as the people of Baghdad and other cities celebrate. Point scoring seems so cheap when a people are enjoying the taste of liberation. But then the Stop the War Coalition came out with the amazing statement that they plan to demonstrate on Saturdayin London. Could the contrast not be greater? The Iraqi people demonstrate their freedom in Baghdad, while the British far-left show their opposition to it in London.
The statement says they plan to commerate the deaths of civilians and (what hypocracy!) military personnel but somehow I doubt it will turn out like that – the Socialist Workers Party are not exactly known for dignified, human gestures and until today they and others in their coalition have been calling for the defeat of the coalition forces and expressing hope for a Vietnam scenerio with mass casulties. Somehow I don’t think they will get such a warm reception from the people of London this time.