RIP Brian Haw

This post was written by Salman Shaheen on June 19, 2011
Posted Under: Afghanistan,Anti-War,Iraq,Protest

The government couldn’t move him. In the end only cancer could. A symbol of peace and freedom, an icon of the anti-war movement and a picture of stalwart self-sacrifice for the cause of right.

Regardless of what anyone on the left thought of his tactics, I don’t think anyone could argue that he gave anything less than all of himself to ideals so many of us share. For all of us who struggle to find time to give a Saturday afternoon to protest, Brian Haw, who spent ten years camped outside the seat of power of a bankrupt ex-empire still bent on playing policeman to the world showing them the visceral evidence in bloody still-frames of all they were doing wrong, should stand as an inspiration.

While the evangelical Christian beliefs of some turned them into neo-conservative warmongers, Haw’s told him to stand up for peace and human life.

He fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith.

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Reader Comments

I wonder if Brian Haw and the rest of the “Peace Camp” ever noticed the irony of protesting against all kinds of wars under the amused eyes of Winston Churchill:

Nonetheless, may Mr Haw rest in peace.

Written By Andreas Moser on June 19th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

Very saddened by his death – I think Mark Wallinger’s short tribute is fitting
[Incidentally Moser - of course he bloody did, as you would have known if you'd paid any attention to what he said. What has also been noticed is that you've dropped your "observation" (apostrophes! they signal irony!) onto virtually every site you could find mentioning his death, presumably to drum up interest in your website. Trading internet traffic off a man's death. I'd call it repulsive, if I wasn't so sure that you're simply a bit thick].

Written By JWA on June 20th, 2011 @ 1:22 am

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