25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

September 2, 2019

September 5, 1994

DUBLIN — “Twenty-five years — time for peace, time to go” was the slogan of a march here August 20 marking the 25th anniversary of the deployment of British troops on the streets of Northern Ireland. Several thousand people joined the demonstration, which ended in a rally that closed off O’Connell Street in the center of Dublin.

In addition to demanding withdrawal of British troops, the event served as a response to a recent wave of killings by right-wing thugs in Northern Ireland.

These attacks have claimed the lives of hundreds. They aim to terrify working people in Northern Ireland and perpetuate the divisions among those who are Catholic and Protestant.

Many placards and banners focused on the cases of thousands of political prisoners and victims of police frame-ups. “Bring all our prisoners home” was a popular slogan.

September 5, 1969

The courageous refusal of a battle-shattered company of GIs to carry out fruitless and unreasonable orders is heartening news to the antiwar movement. It is an ominous portent to the U.S. government. When the ranks of any army begin to question battle orders, that army is in trouble.

This makes serious trouble for the Nixon administration, which is trying to buy more time and freedom from the pressure of antiwar sentiment at home to continue the fighting in Vietnam.

Now, in addition to mounting pressure at home, some soldiers have said in the most dramatic fashion that they do not want to fight or die in Vietnam.

Now, more than ever, the antiwar movement must demonstrate its solidarity with American GIs who are saying, “No, we’ve had enough.” Now, more than ever, we must demand that all troops be brought home immediately.

September 2, 1944

In their frantic attempts to stem the rank and file movement to scrap the no-strike pledge, the union bureaucrats are peddling the promise that if the workers will only remain submissive “for the duration,” then “after the war” the union tops will lead a “show-down fight” against the anti-labor offensive of the employing class and the government.

This is a lie. The union officialdom are just as opposed to militant action in peacetime as during war. Their song-and-dance about leading the workers in fighting union action at any time is belied by their whole peacetime record. The union leaders opposed every independent struggle of the workers during the great upsurge of labor in the last decade. They “supported” strikes only when they were forced to do so by the pressure of the ranks and took over the leadership of struggles to behead them.