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?
On the face of it, the siege of Fallujah seems to be going relatively
well for the US troops. Most of the city has been captured and
according to the mass media “Operation Phantom Fury” will be finished
in a couple of days. However, things are not so simple. The war in Iraq
was also supposed to be over, whereas it clearly is not. The same
applies to Fallujah, where an official victory may well turn out to be
a Pyrrhic one.