We received this article a few days ago from a Turkish Marxist, who
looks at the reasons behind the failure of Turkey's parliament to pass
a motion giving the US the right to move its troops across Turkish
territory into Iraq. Now it seems the Turkish government is attempting
to get a second motion authorising the US to use Turkish air space to
bomb Iraq, and this is to be voted on tomorrow.
On March 1, Ankara witnessed two important events. While as a result of
the dirty haggles between the government and the US, parliament was
negotiating the government petition for a permit to allow US troops on
to Turkish soil, there were tens of thousands of workers and youth in
the streets of Ankara shouting no to war in Iraq. From Turkish Marxist
website Marksist Tutum.
The hounds of war have been unleashed. US and British forces started to
roll towards the Iraqi frontier. Simultaneously, Baghdad was rocked by
explosions. This is a reactionary imperialist war of aggression. In the
war between a poor Middle Eastern county, fighting for its existence
and a mighty imperialist superpower that aims to crush it and reduce it
to a status of foreign conquest, occupation and colonial-type
subjugation, all our sympathies lie with the underdog and the victim.
This is what determines our attitude.
In the first hours of the present war it became immediately evident
that the systematic manipulation of public opinion was a weapon in the
hands of London and Washington which is being deployed in the same way
as the Cruise and Tomahawk missiles. This is a very necessary activity.
US imperialism shows its teeth, but for the sake of public consumption,
it must appear in a most civilized and acceptable light.
article was written in the early stages of the present war. Unfortunately for
technical reasons its publication was delayed. It gives an interesting
perspective as it was written by Marxists in Turkey, a country closely involved
in what is unfolding in Iraq.