27/05/2017 by socialistfight
Socialist Fight Statement 23-5-17
Socialist Fight condemns the barbaric act at Manchester Arena committed by 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, who was born in Manchester of Libyan descent. We extend our sincerest sympathies to the relatives and friends of the 22 young victims, one only 8 years old, Saffie Rose Roussos, and hope the 59 injured make a full recovery or at least that there are no further fatalities.
Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb and said the bombing in the “shameless” concert arena was “in revenge for Allah’s religion, in an endeavour to terrorize the [infidels], and in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims”.
We understand that the source this violent outrage is not in the warped mind of the individual or directing group that committed the outrage. What caused him to become so deranged that he believed murdering young girls would in any way redress the wrongs he sees committed against his people in Muslim lands? These victims had no more responsibility for what British or US imperialism do to civilians and defenders of Muslims lands than the victims there, running into millions now over the past few decades.
Nor could terrorised civilians in Britain, the USA, France or Germany succeed in persuading Theresa May, Trump, Hollande or Merkel to cease being imperialist and stop the War on Terror. On the contrary, these bombings will only be used as an excuse to escalate that War, causing even more outage and more terror bombings in the imperialist heartlands when millions of civilian fatalities in the Middle East are dismissed as ‘collateral damage’. They too have fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who mourn just as bitterly as the bereaved and relatives of the injured of Manchester are mourning now.
In March 2015 Physicians for Social Responsibility, who count Nobel Prize winners in their members, published a study that concluded that the War on Terror since 9/11 had cost at least 1.3 million lives “but the real figure might be in excess of two million”. 
We say without hesitation that the imperialist politicians who condemn this outrage today are themselves as responsible for those Manchester deaths as those who committed the outrage. Just as surely as they are responsible for the millions of deaths in the Middle East. The Islamic State death cult would not have emerged without the invasion of Iraq in 2003, as Tony Blair, who went to war on Iraq with George Bush with the conscious deception that Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction, himself admitted in a CNN interview in October 2015: “Of course you can’t say those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015.” When asked if the Iraq War was “the principal cause’ of the rise of Islamic State, he said: “I think there are elements of truth in that.” 
And that is without looking at how the CIA funded and organised the Taliban in Afghanistan against the USSR, Al Qaeda, and maybe even Islamic State in the beginning. Similarly, the Israeli Mossad funded Hamas to pit them against Yasser Arafat’s secular Fatah movement; curiously Israel only bombs Assad’s Syrian Arab Army, never Islamic State, Al Qaeda or the Free Syrian Army.
 Physicians for Social Responsibility, Body Count, http://www.psr.org/assets/pdfs/body-count.pdf
 Jethro Mullen, CNN, October 26, 2015, Tony Blair says he’s sorry for Iraq War ‘mistakes,’ but not for ousting Saddam, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/25/europe/tony-blair-iraq-war/index.html