The war in Iraq is the burning issue in Turkey today. But apart from this
central issue there were (and are) two other main items on the agenda of the
class struggle here, the new labour bill and the International Working Women's
This article was written in the early stages of the present war.
Unfortunately for technical reasons its publication was delayed. It
gives an interesting perspective as it was written by Marxists in
Turkey, a country closely involved in what is unfolding in Iraq.
On November 20, two explosions devastated the offices of HSBC, a
British-based bank, and the British consulate in a busy part of
Istanbul. Marxists utterly condemn this brutal and barbarous act of
terrorism. It cannot be justified on any political grounds. It does not
help the people of Iraq. It does not strike a blow against world
imperialism. It will not weaken the Turkish state. On the contrary. It
plays directly into the hands of the state and imperialism.
We received this article a few days ago from a Turkish Marxist, who
looks at the reasons behind the failure of Turkey's parliament to pass
a motion giving the US the right to move its troops across Turkish
territory into Iraq. Now it seems the Turkish government is attempting
to get a second motion authorising the US to use Turkish air space to
bomb Iraq, and this is to be voted on tomorrow.
On March 1, Ankara witnessed two important events. While as a result of
the dirty haggles between the government and the US, parliament was
negotiating the government petition for a permit to allow US troops on
to Turkish soil, there were tens of thousands of workers and youth in
the streets of Ankara shouting no to war in Iraq. From Turkish Marxist
website Marksist Tutum.