Editorial:

More Pledges to Continue War

February 6, 2005

This week we saw more pledges by spokesmen of U.S. imperialism to continue the war in Iraq and elsewhere.

In his State of the Union speech on February 2, President Bush said that U.S. goals in Iraq "remained firm and unchanging," and he promised not to "set an artificial timetable for leaving." He also pledged to continue aggression against Syria, Iran, and North Korea.

The Democratic Party response, by Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, declared that the U.S. should remain in Iraq and "not slip out the back door, leaving chaos." U.S. troops need to confront "the violent Iraqi insurgency" they said.

Also this week, the new U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, vowed repeatedly that the U.S. would persist in its attempts to overthrow the government of Iran. Calling Iran "the chief funder of terrorism" and a "destabilizing force in the international system," she refused to rule out a U.S. military attack against the country.

We can see from these statements that the U.S. is committed not only to continuing the occupation of Iraq, but also is preparing yet more wars -- wars for empire and profit, wars motivated solely by the exploiting aims of the monopoly capitalist class. Behind all its doublespeak and talk of "spreading democracy," U.S. imperialism is dedicated to "its goal" of maintaining world domination through military aggression.

The U.S. capitalist politicians are showing yet again that international law, the sovereignty of countries, the will of the peoples and every standard of civilization and humanity mean nothing to them.