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.
The war drums are being beaten once again in Fallujah. After the siege
in April this year, the city will again be the scene of an onslaught,
probably bigger than last time. During the last weeks, the US forces
stepped up their daily air raids while at the same time applying heavy
psychological warfare tactics. Threatening to crush the resistance, US
imperialism is now actually heading steadily for an all-out assault on
On the day of the elections the media led us to believe there had been
a massive turnout, with pictures of Iraqis celebrating “democracy”. Now
the real figures are out and the turnout was shown to be well below
50%, even 30%. As they lied about the reasons for the war, why not lie
about the elections as well?