U.S. Plans Long-term Occupation of Iraq

May 11, 2003

On Friday, May 9, the U.S. submitted to the United Nations its plan for colonizing Iraq.

In an eight-page draft resolution presented to the Security Council, the U.S. government declares itself and Britain as the "occupying powers" in Iraq with complete control over the military, political and economic life of the country.

The draft resolution would recognize the U.S. and Britain as the sole "Authority" for the next 12 months. When this first year is finished, the U.S. would retain the option of continuing its occupation indefinitely.

The U.S. resolution also calls for all revenues from Iraqi oil to be placed in an "Iraqi Assistance Fund" under U.S. control. In addition, the U.S. demands that as much as $10 billion currently controlled by the U.N. under the "oil-for-food" program be put into the Assistance Fund and that all countries hand over to the U.S. any assets of the former Iraqi government. These funds will only be "disbursed at the direction of the provisional authority" (i.e. the U.S.-British occupiers).

This draft resolution is an attempt by the U.S. to gain U.N. authorization for its ongoing colonization of Iraq.

Already the Pentagon is setting up permanent military bases in the country. U.S. oil executives and such companies as Dick Cheney's Halliburton have begun pumping Iraqi oil and turning the revenues over to other U.S. companies, such as Bechtel, to "reconstruct" Iraq. While setting up it colonial administration, the U.S. is suppressing Iraqi political parties and protests. The U.S. military has repeatedly fired on peaceful political protests, arrested and tortured political and religious figures opposed to the U.S. occupation, etc.

At the same time, the Bush administration is using its occupation of Iraq as a base for threatening other countries and destabilizing the entire region.

In sum, the U.S. is colonizing Iraq and seeking to extend this colonialism throughout the Middle East.