Savage Methods Reflect U.S. Aims

March 23, 2003

On March 21, the U.S. government began the bombardment of Baghdad, dropping more than 1,300 bombs and cruise missiles on this city of 5 million people. Similar attacks were launched against the cities of Mosul, Kirkuk and Basra.

Eyewitness accounts report that large sections of the city went up in flames and that at least hundreds of civilians were killed or wounded. During the airstrikes, one journalist reported: "There is no safe place in Baghdad now."

This Hitlerite blitzkrieg against defenseless civilian populations shows again just what kind of a war U.S. imperialism is waging against the Iraqi people. The barbaric methods -- the complete disregard for civilian lives -- reflect the fact that the U.S. government is waging a war of aggression, of annexation -- a war which aims at subjugating the Iraqi people, who are considered no more than "collateral" damage in U.S. imperialism's drive for oil and empire.