The media are busy informing us that the war in Iraq is practically over, bar a few "mopping up operations". It is clear that now the central command of the Iraqi army has collapsed. As is always the case, as it becomes abundantly clear that the war is lost, the top officers flee to save their skins and abandon the lower ranks. These have fought bravely in many instances against overwhelming odds. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers have lost their lives in a desperate attempt to stop the invaders. Thousands of others have abandoned any attempt to stop the unstoppable.
The media has shown a lot of pictures of looting in Iraq, especially in the
days immediately following the fall of the regime. Of course, the real looting was taking place in a much more organised and
systematic manner. The first things the US military “secured” were the
oilfields, underlining why they were really there.
“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.