Resolution 1441 has given the green light to the warmongers in
Washington and London. It was voted unanimously by the 15 members of
the council, including Syria, the only Arab member. This scandalous
result at least serves to expose a lot of things, starting with the UN
itself. What all this shows yet again is the completely reactionary
nature of the dis-United Nations, and the hopelessly utopian attitude
of those "Lefts" and pacifists who always appeal to the UN to "defend
On December 1, 20,000 people took part in an anti-war demo in Istanbul.
Although there was a lively and angry mood on some sections of the demo
the turnout was rather low compared to previous demonstrations. The
trade unions did not help as, although they were officially part of the
promoting group, they did very little to mobilise their forces. This,
in spite of the fact that an overwhelming majority of 80-90 percent of
the population is against the war.
This is the translation of an appeal (1 Aralikta Alanlara!) published by the Turkish Marxist website Marksist Tutum for the forthcoming antiwar demo in Istanbul on December 1. The original Turkish version is also available in pdf format to be downloaded and printed out.