Passer By: Peace and Love <laughs> Sorry, I’ve got a mouth full of biscuits here!
Person 1: We are very against the war against Iraq. I’m a pacifist. I don’t like that America are attacking Iraq, because they are after the oil and money. Not to help the people. I don’t think so.
Person 2: All we can say is that, it’s been a great turn-out here.
Person 3: Yeah, ‘NO’ to war.
Person 2: Yeah, carry on…
Person 3: No, I’m not saying any more
Person 2: I would like to send a message to George Bush: If you’re watching this right now, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. ‘Stop chocking on your pretzel! Get off of your high-horse! Stop listening to all those diplomats! Listen to the public around here,’ and we’ve got one thing to say, ‘War is not the answer’… Thank you very much.
Person 4: I’m here today to protest against the war.
Well, except for the fact that I think we should ‘Make Love not War,’ I think America should think about what the rest of the world has to say, and just don’t go by itslef… and listen to the UN and the other countries.
And well, furthermore, I think we should all stay together, and be nice to each other, instead of kill each other.
Person 1: Yeah I think it’s great that there’s a million, there’s talk of a million and a half people being here. I think it’s superb that we’ve got that many people come, who’ve come to London, and prepared to show their opposition to a war in Iraq which doesn’t have the support of the British people.
There’s no evidence that Saddam is a threat to the west. There’s no evidence that he’s a threat to anyone until we start attacking him, which is the time that he becomes most dangerous, because he’s likely to lash out.
I think that if there is a war, then it’s much more likely that, there will be an increase in extremism. There will be a backlash against the West.
Person 2: We’re making ourselves enemies. We’re doing exactly what the terrorists want us to do, we’re making the West look like – or Blair and Bush are making the West look like they are against Islam, they are attacking etc. We’re feeding their propaganda machine
Person 1: And I’m sure Bin-Laden would love to have a war, cos it means there will be a huge backlash against America for Al-Qaeda projects
Interviewer: So do you think then, that means that Bin Laden has somehow succeeded.
Person 1: I think if there is a war, then yes, in a way, he will be seen to have succeeded. If war happens with the sanctity of the United Nations, then it will show that the United Nations Charter has been violated
Person 3: I don’t know, I think the whole position is becoming very doubtful, because the way everything is being split, is rather questioning the validity of it anyway, and also I question that when you’ve got so many people who have a veto, rights on it, how can you make a democratic decision.
Do you think a veto is democratic?
No, it doesn’t make sense actually – at all to me. But then I’m not wordly-wise with politics – it just doesn’t seem to make sense.
Interviewer: What do you think of George Bush when he uses words like ‘Truth’, ‘Justice’, ‘Democracy’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Peace’, and…
Person 3: Well he’s obviously looking at a different dictionary to me <laughs>
Interviewer: Do you think we can stop this war?
Person 3: No, sadly. I don’t think so, because I don’t know – I mean, from what you can see of the way the American system is behaving, I don’t think we’re going to stop ‘something’ happening on that level. I mean, I’d like to be idealistic and say ‘yes’, but I think at this stage ‘no’. But I think if we keep on going, even if it starts, we can have some effect. I mean it was shown in, you know, twenty years ago, with the Vietnam situation, eventually people have to take some notice. But whether they’re going to take notice at this point enough to say ‘we’re not going to do it’ is another question.
Child Person 4: All I’d like to say is to say that they would ‘stop the war’, because I think that well, Palestinian kids and Iraqi kids are getting really hurt and that, it’s not fair. What have they done to America? So, I don’t think it’s that fair to have war. And I think that this demonstration would work.
They think that Iraqi kids are just useless, that you can’t get anything out of them, but really that, it’s not true. That’s just all they’re thinking.