Iraqi Resistance Grows; U.S. Escalates War
April 20, 2004
The following is reprinted from "The Worker," newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.
The U.S. military siege of Falluja and the ongoing bombardment of population centers across Iraq must steel the determination of the American people to redouble our efforts to end this aggressive war.
On April 4, thousands of U.S. troops sealed off Falluja as U.S. military commanders vowed collective reprisals against the city for the killing of 4 American mercenaries. Since then, AC-130 gunships, F-16 fighter planes, helicopters and hundreds of tanks have repeatedly bombed the city. As of April 10, more than 500 Iraqis - mostly noncombatants, including 157 women and 146 children - had been killed, more than 1200 wounded, and 60,000 forced to leave the city. As The Worker goes to press, Falluja remains blockaded, its electricity and water cut off.
The savage methods of U.S. imperialism reflect its colonial aims in Iraq. From the beginning, the U.S. military has used devastating weapons against civilians, targeted the economic infrastructure of the country, relied on the Hitlerite method of collective reprisals with the hope of terrorizing the people, subjugating them and establishing its own colonial rule in the country.
But just as the people in Falluja continue to defend their city and their lives, so too, all across Iraq the people are rising in struggle against U.S. occupation.
Since early April, popular uprisings have developed in dozens of cities across the country. Demonstrations, strikes, public meetings, relief efforts and other actions are also being organized to support the popular uprisings.
The U.S. government is responding to the ever-growing resistance of the Iraqi people by escalating its war of aggression.
With the logic of the slavemaster, Bush insists that anyone who resists the subjugation and dictates of U.S. imperialism is a "terrorist" and that U.S. imperialism will use its military might to impose its will on the peoples everywhere. In his April 13 press conference, George Bush declared that he is prepared to send even more U.S. troops and escalate this war of aggression for years on end. Already, the number of U.S. troops is increasing and the duty tours of 20,000 soldiers have been extended. Democratic Presidential candidate has likewise declared his determination to "stay the course" in Iraq and increase U.S. troop strength.
The American people must have no illusions. Within the last 2 and 1/2 years, U.S. imperialism has declared war on the world. Already it has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and is using its surrogate army in Israel to wage war against Palestine. It has increased its "low-intensity," counter-insurgency wars in Colombia and the Philippines. It is building up new weapons of mass destruction at an unprecedented pace and threatening war against Syria, North Korea, Iran and other countries.
This so-called "war on terrorism" and the escalating war in Iraq show the desperation and savageness of U.S. imperialism. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class, with its insatiable appetite for economic territory and profits, is seeking to dominate the world through force of arms.
U.S. imperialism will keep escalating its war in Iraq until it is defeated and forced out. It will continue to launch more aggressive wars against the peoples as long as it has a single troop at its command.
The American people must confront this war program and defeat it.
We must continuously extend our anti-war struggles and demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops from Iraq.
We must broaden our movement and fight against U.S. aggression in every corner of the world - in Afghanistan and Palestine, in Colombia and the Philippines, etc., etc.
In the course of these struggle we must build up our own independent, proactive movement. The people demand an end to U.S. aggression and intervention, the withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad, an end to U.S. participation in military alliances and support for reactionary regimes and the recognition of the sovereign equality of every nation.
We demand nothing less than a world of peace and friendship amongst the peoples and our peace agenda can only be won through a continuous, unyielding struggle against the parties and government of war and imperialism.