April 29, 2003
Every day the real aims of the U.S. war against Iraq stand out evermore clearly.
- Every day, the Iraqi people pour into the streets to demand that U.S. troops get out of their country, to demand their inalienable national right to determine their own lives free of foreign intervention.
But the U.S. military is not leaving. Rather, it is setting up permanent military bases. It is firing on political demonstrations. It is arresting political and religious leaders and dictating what kind of politics Iraqis can participate in and what kind of government they will have. On April 20, for example, Lt. General David McKiernan, commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, publicly warned that any Iraqi political party or group which challenges U.S. authority will be subject to arrest; in an official proclamation, McKiernan declared: "The coalition alone retains absolute authority within Iraq."
- Already, Halliburton and other U.S. corporations are pumping Iraqi oil. Billions in contracts are being awarded and the U.S. government has promised these corporations that "private property and payment rights" will be protected in postwar Iraq. Boasting to the whole world, that it will be the sole economic and political authority in Iraq, the Bush administration crows that "to the victor belong the spoils."
- The U.S. is using its occupation of Iraq to threaten and pressure countries throughout the region. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and company advertise the "demonstration effect" of the Iraq war; as Colin Powell has said: "We have been successful in Iraq. There is a new dynamic in that part of the world." (quoted in the "New York Times," 4/17).
Already Bush is warning Syria and Iran that they must "moderate their behavior" or face a U.S. invasion.
The war against Iraq has not "liberated" the Iraqi people but rather imposed a military, colonial regime on them.
This war has not been waged to eliminate "weapons of mass destruction." Rather the U.S. war machine has set up a new base of operations - hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops weigh on the soil of the Arab peoples - and new wars of conquest and colonization are being prepared.
The war against Iraq is only one battle in a worldwide "war against terrorism" which the U.S. government has said will last for decades. The Bush administration has called the war against Iraq a "test case" for its new doctrine of "preemptive war" which asserts that U.S. imperialism will launch war - including even nuclear first strikes - whenever and wherever it wants.
Not only Iraq, but also Afghanistan has been invaded and occupied by U.S. colonialism. The Israeli army - a surrogate for the U.S. - has invaded and occupied Palestine. Within the last 18 months, U.S. imperialism has set up dozens of new military bases in an arc of aggression stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. U.S. troops are stepping up counter-insurgency wars in Colombia and the Philippines. The Korean peninsula is being further militarized and Bush is threatening war against North Korea. To pay for this "war on the world," the military budget keeps growing and growing, bankrupting the public treasury and devouring the funds needed for health care, education and other public needs.
In short, the wars have not ended with the occupation of Iraq. Rather the U.S. government is preparing yet more wars against the peoples -wars for empire and profit, wars motivated solely by the exploiting aims of the monopoly capitalist class. U.S. imperialism is preparing to set the whole world on fire.
These wars can only be ended by the victories of the peoples.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, in Palestine, Colombia and elsewhere, the peoples are organizing against U.S. colonialism and U.S. aggression. In every country the people are coming out - in their millions and tens of millions - to oppose the war program of U.S. imperialism.
So too, the American people are organizing themselves against war and imperialism.
We must step up this struggle, recognizing that these aggressive wars will continue as long as the monopoly capitalist class and its political parties control the government. The task of the anti-war movement is nothing less than bringing to power a new government - a workers' and peoples' government which eliminates the cancers of war and militarism and implements a democratic foreign policy which ends U.S. aggression everywhere, withdraws all U.S. troops stationed abroad and recognizes the sovereign rights of every country and people.
End the Occupation of Iraq!
U.S. Troops, Out of the Middle East!
Only the Peoples Can Defeat the War Program of U.S. Imperialism!