Less than twenty-four hours after U.S. missiles struck Baghdad, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney on March 20 announced his “unequivocal” support for the war and presumably for the war’s aims. Sweeney has no business being a shop steward, let alone being the head of organized labor’s largest federation. His urge for basically collaborative relations with Corporate America explains his support of the war on Iraq; just as it explains his starkly feeble resistance to Corporate America’s downsizing of the U.S. labor movement.
As soon as it became clear that the US-UK war against Iraq was on, stock markets around the world rocketed upwards by as much as 20% and the price for a barrel of crude oil fell back sharply. Now it's a week in and all that bravado has faded. The real costs of this imperialist adventure are beginning to come out.
GW Bush claims that the US is the most "democratic" of all countries, and that therefore they have a duty to bring it to the people of the world. But the reality of the situation is very different. What we have is democracy for the rich.
As we have explained many times, the war on Iraq is nothing but an extension of
the war on working people and youth here in the US. It is being fought in the
interests of the rich capitalists in this country. These people cannot be trusted to work in the interests of the American
people as a whole, let alone the Iraqis.