Sunday, 16 August 2009

Naming the Dead in commemoration of 200 soldiers killed The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London. Monday 17 August, 12 noon

The passing of the milestone of the 200th soldier to be killed in Afghanistan is no less tragic for being all too predictable. The Stop the War Coalition has mourned the death of every soldier sent into a war which we -- along with the majority of people in Britain -- regard as both unjustified and unwinnable.

Gordon Brown's insistence that sending British troops to die in Afghanistan is "the only way to make Britain safe" sounds ever more threadbare each time he and his ministers repeat it after the announcement of yet another senseless loss of life.

We are in complete agreement with MP Jeremy Corbyn, who, on hearing of the latest futile death of a British soldier, said: "What a tragedy, what a waste. And for what purpose? It's time to bring the troops home."

To commemorate all the soldiers who have died, Stop the War will hold a Naming of the Dead ceremony at The Cenotaph in Whitehall at 12 noon on Monday 17 August, when we will read out all 200 names, together with the names of Afghan civilians representing the tens of thousands who have died so needlessly.

Over the coming week, Stop the War's local groups will be holding Naming the Dead ceremonies in towns and cities across the country.

Details of local Naming the Dead ceremonies...

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