Turkey's political establishment has been stunned by the landslide
election victory of the moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party,
the AKP. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former mayor of Istanbul who leads
the party, won a crushing victory in Sunday's election. None of the
parties that went into parliament at the last elections have survived.
This dramatic turnaround is an expression of the anger, frustration and
disgust of the masses with the corrupt and degenerate bourgeois
parties, which have ruled Turkey for the last four years. However their
experience of an AKP government will be a bitter lesson for them. This
is another bourgeois party that will do nothing for the Turkish masses.
The scene is being set for the intervention of the masses on the
US and British imperialism are preparing their war and propaganda
machines for a bombing of Iraq. This article exposes the real reasons
behind the threat of force and all the lies and double standards of
imperialism in relation to chemical weapons, UN resolutions and
"defence of democracy". It also analyses the possible consequences of
an intervention in the fate of the Middle Eastern reactionary regimes.
The US and Britain, using the pretext of the Iraqi obstruction of the
UNSCOM inspectors, have now mercilessly bombed Iraq once more. In
February 1998 we published a statement called "Imperialist Bullying and the Crisis in the Middle East"
in which we explained the real reasons for the imperialist aggression
against Iraq. Events since have confirmed completely our analysis.
The recent bombing of Iraq is an act of imperialist insolence of the
worst type. American imperialism has emerged as the most arrogant and
ignorant imperialism that there has ever been. Never has there been a
situation where one super power has dominated the whole world
situation, as US imperialism does today. It is quite clear that they
want to establish the “American century”. They are determined to put
their stamp on all the developments that are taking place in the
The present war, in which US imperialism seeks to maintain its
hegemony, is further aggravating the current contradictions in Turkey.
Although the country is engulfed in a serious economic crisis, Turkey
is setting out to undertake new roles in the region, playing "little
brother" of the USA. The Internationalist Communists of Turkey report
on anti-war movements, and send solidarity greetings from the Turkish