“We can have just our usual flag with the white stripes painted black
and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones.” (Mark Twain).
“With the ramrod as instrument, ‘Freedom’ is to be jammed down the
throats of the insurgent patriots whom our expansionist capitalists
insult with the name of ‘insurgents’.” (Daniel De Leon).
In the present epoch, the bourgeoisie is no longer capable of advancing
human civilization, but the decay of the capitalist system threatens to
poison every aspect of social life. The most heartbreaking example of
the way in which capitalism is destroying the cultural heritage of
mankind is what has just happened in Iraq.
The occupation of Iraq is leading to ever-increasing problems for US
imperialism. A mass movement against the “liberators” has already
started. At this stage a big role as organizers of the movement has
been played by the Muslim clerics and mullahs. The main purpose of this
article is to understand the history of the Iraqi Left, in order to
help the best activists not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
On Monday at least 13 were killed and an unknown number wounded when US
soldiers opened fire on a crowd of unarmed demonstrators who were
protesting against the occupation of a local school by the US army. The
mask of "democracy" and "liberation" is slipping to reveal the crude
reality of foreign occupation and violent oppression.
The war in Iraq solved nothing from the standpoint of US imperialism
but has ushered in a period of even greater instability on a world
scale. The world is now a far more turbulent, volatile and dangerous
place than it was a few months ago.
On the eve of the war in Iraq, George W. Bush talked about a "crusade".
He was obviously quite pleased with himself for having thought of such
a catchy phrase. But he was quickly silenced by his advisers, who
pointed out to him that the word "crusade" has very unfortunate
associations for the Moslem world.