We should welcome new supporters of the Stop the War Coalition who have learnt that they were wrong through bitter experience.
There are times when what was bearable suddenly becomes unbearable. The war on Lebanon was one of those.
Suddenly Labour MPs, councillors and party members, who accepted and even applauded Tony Blair's dogged devotion to George Bush's foreign policy and the war on terror, could stand no more. The blockade and bombing of Lebanon, the destruction of homes, schools, roads and petrol stations, and most of all the deaths of more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians, led to calls for an immediate ceasefire.