Iraq is in flames. Insurrections and fighting have spread across the country.
The US-led coalition is fighting a desperate war on two-fronts: against Sunni
rebels concentrated in the western towns of Falluja and Ramadi and a Shia
uprising in south and central Iraq. This is just three months before the US is
due to transfer power to an Iraqi government and the situation is deteriorating
with every passing day.
The US army is now faced with a general insurrectionary upsurge all over
Iraq. This marks a qualitative change in the situation. This week has seen the
heaviest fighting since the end of the war, with the US losing 33 soldiers in
three days. By last night, the troops which overthrew Saddam Hussein a year ago
this week, had been driven from five Iraqi cities after heavy fighting.
The monstrously oppressive nature of US imperialism stands exposed in all its
bloody nakedness. Fallujah is being reduced to smoking rubble before the eyes of
the world. Heavily armed American gunships are slowly pounding it into dust.
Many civilians have fled in panic; many lay buried beneath the shattered
remnants of their homes.
The invasion of Iraq stands exposed for what it
always was: an act of naked aggression leading to the forcible occupation of a country by foreign
troops against the will of the people. Naturally, such a state of affairs can only be sustained by the massive,
uncontrolled and unlimited use of force. We can now see the results of this on
the front pages of today’s newspapers.The United States military has
been compelled to open criminal investigation into acts of abuse, humiliation
and torture against Iraqi prisoners, committed by US soldiers and officers as
photographs of horrific incidents were aired for the first time on US network
Despite all their best efforts at covering up the truth, the United
States military has been compelled to open a criminal investigation into the
acts of abuse, humiliation and torture against Iraqi prisoners, which have now
been broadcast on TV screens around the world. Each passing day brings new and
more shocking revelations. Now it seems there are a further 1000 digital
photographs to be published. As usual, the military only admit what cannot be
denied. As we are now learning, these initial pictures represent only the tip of
a vast and extremely ugly iceberg.
In the last few days the masses in many parts of the Middle East have been
pouring out onto the streets in protest against the murder of civilians in Iraq
and Gaza. They have been coming out emboldened by the feeling that the killing
machine of the occupying armies in Iraq and Gaza can be defeated. Yossi
Schwartz, just returned from one of these protests in Rafah (Gaza) looks at the
effects throughout the Middle East and in particular in Israel.