The severe fighting taking place in Iraq is presented to us as some
inexplicable phenomenon, produced by “dark forces” resisting the march of
“progress and democracy”. In reality what we are facing is a mass resistance
movement aimed at expelling a foreign army of occupation. This movement is
fuelled by the terrible conditions Iraqi workers are facing, conditions created
by the domination of imperialism.
After three weeks of fighting the moderate Shia Islamic leader, Ali
al-Sistani, has intervened and brokered a compromise in Najaf. However,
no long term solution can be provided by such manoeuvres. Today they
may "pacify" Najaf, but the fighting will erupt again in the future.
Only if the working class gives a lead to the resistance can a final
solution be found. By Fred Weston (August 27, 2004)
“Wait until Charlie gets back with the final report,” George Bush said
confidently in June in reply to reporters fishing after a confession of
the president that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Well, now Charlie is back and the report is nothing less than a
devastating blow to Bush and Blair.