A tale of two sieges: what have Yazidis in Iraq got that Palestinians in Gaza have not?
On the 14th August 2014 Stop the War published an article which said that the threat to the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar had never been.
That article has been deleted but you can find an archive of it here.
There was no hunting of the thousands to a trapped death. The water had not run out. The US air strikes that broke the siege and saved them were an illegitimate act of war.
It was, said Stop the War, the ‘false story’ of a ‘Yazidi crisis.’
And why had it not happened?
Because if it had happened, the contrast to the siege of Gaza would have been less acute. There is no other evidence in the Stop the War piece than that.
It is a strange view Continue reading
‘United States of Israel? How the Great Liar Netanyahu twists America round his finger’ by Matt Carr was published on March 5 2015. It has not yet been deleted by Stop the War.
The title is using an antisemitic trope – playing into the ages-old idea, loved by antisemites, that Israel controls the United States – its banks, its media, or as here – its foreign policy.
The article makes the claim, too, but the hatred is between the lines. On the surface it’s simply an article attacking a world leader, in this case Benjamin Netanyahu –
‘one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today’, a man ‘who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body, who lies as easily as he breathes’.
I think this is all fine: it’s not a compelling argument in itself, of course, simply levelling a series of insults at a politician, and personally I can think of many who are more repellent and dangerous. Continue reading
Stop the War: Has the FIFA corruption crisis saved Israel from vote to expel it from world football?
In May 2015 Stop the War posted an article that made an causal link between FIFA corruption and Israel.
The article has now been deleted, but you can find an archived version of it here:
Geoff Lee of the campaign Red Card Israeli Racism and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, wrote this piece explaining why Israel should be “kicked out of world football.” The title and subtitle hint at a conspiricism so often found with pieces about Israel and which the main text does nothing to substantiate. In this case it draws a connection between the timing of the FIFA corruption scandal and its apparent benefit to Israel at the 65th FIFA Congress.
The main problem with this is that the attempted vote it described wasn’t ‘abandoned’. The Palestinians Continue reading
On the 14th November 2015 Stop the War published an article saying that the 130 victims of the Paris attacks were ‘reaping the whirlwind’ sown by the West and our foreign policy choices.
The article has been deleted but you can read it here:
The attacks on Paris started at 9.20pm on the evening of the 13th. They lasted for hours. After the end of the siege of the Bataclan, it took ten hours more for the bodies to be counted, and the process of identification begun.
What does this mean?
That while young Parisians were dying as hostages in the Bataclan, in the four separate suicide bombings including the Stade de France and the shootings on the rue Alibert, the rue del la Fontaine-au-roi, and rue de Charonne, Stop the War’s writer was sitting down to his typewriter. Before we had an idea of the numbers who had died or would die, or could take the first breath to mourn them, he wrote to blame the victims.
The premise of the article was simple. Continue reading
Groundhog day in Syria as Mr Benn goes bombing
On the 4th December 2015 Stop the War published an article on the decision to extend air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq to Syria.
The article has been deleted but you can find an archive of it here.
The case is made. There is no doubt that the extension of strikes – the extension of the operational area of eight Tornado jets a handful of miles across a border that IS don’t recognise –is the right thing to do.
We need not rehearse the arguments here. We need not talk about the Paris attacks, or the direct appeal made by the government of France to the people of Britain. We need not talk about the treaty relationships or fundamental friendships invoked in order to fight a terrible wrong in the world; the UN mandate; the UN mandate, or the successes against ISIL in Iraq that had driven IS back to Syria in the first place.
In one year of RAF air strikes there, ISIL have been broken up and driven back. They have lost 25% of their land, Continue reading
This site is a resource for all those who need or want to know what the Stop the War Coalition really says and means.
Got a 404 when you visited the Stop the War Coalition site? That’s because Stop the War has launched a war against its own website. Stop the War Coalition is desperately filleting their web site of incriminating, nauseating and racist material.
If you are looking for an article from the Stop the War website that blames everything on the West, or one written by or referencing an active antisemite, it may now have been deleted.
If so, this site could be for you.
It is a collection of links, references and short critiques that relate to the British Stop the War Coalition. We’ll also be highlighting articles not yet culled that lurk in the depths of the Stop the War Site.
Stop the War’s co-founder and their past chair, Jeremy Corbyn, is now leader of the Labour Party. Pure speculation, but the recent Night of the Long Knives at the Stop the War website may possibly be related to the sudden and uncomfortable scrutiny that STW now find themselves under and the rash of revisions to their published content.
But the truth must out, so this is a record of the Stop the War Coalition’s stupidity, nihilism and pandering to racism.
Soupy, Saul & our contributors/collaborators at the Real Stop the War.