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.
Yesterday's UN resolution provided the "legal framework" which allows
the US and Britain to run Iraq as they please. Fred Weston looks at the
meaning of the resolution while US companies prepare to loot Iraq.
When President Bush stated on May 1 that combat operations had ended in
Iraq, for most of the American people it seemed the war was over. It is
not. The behaviour of the US forces is looking increasingly like that
in Vietnam. Villages and towns are raided, where every one is
considered an enemy and a potential target for besieged troops in a
foreign and hostile country.
As the US discusses the future of Iraq with its friends and allies from
all over the world, the opposition movement to US occupation is growing
and within this the old Communist traditions are once again beginning
to take root. It is not just Islamic fundamentalism that is growing in