[A-List] Brit Conservatives call for limits in Afghanistan
cburford at gn.apc.org
Wed Mar 20 18:21:24 MST 2002
During the very poorly attended debate in the British Parliament today on
the rushed decision to send 1,700 British combat troops to Afghanistan, the
Conservative Party defence spokesperson called for the operation to be of
This may have been a signal of irritation that they had so little prior
consultation (usually under the British constitution major issues of use of
state power are decided in secret by the major parties beneath the veil of
bourgeois adversarial two party democracy). But although the British
Conservatives usually like to appear more aggressively patriotic than the
Labour Party, this stance signals unease about the wisdom of supporting the
US in Afghanistan in this way.
Blair has little active support for this act of solidarity with the US, and
if there are further losses, will have even less support for a military
campaign against Iraq.
Such difference may appear invisible, but they may be important for
promoting an agenda of world peace and justice.
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