U.S. Imperialism, GET OUT OF IRAQ!
Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, March 24, 2014
The U.S. has been at war with Iraq for 24 straight years.
Given the green light by President Barack Obama, the puppet Maliki government is once again pursuing a program of "all out war." Since early January large-scale military offensives have been concentrated against newly liberated zones in Anbar Province.
Next month Iraq will hold elections and already the U.S. is pretending that they will be "democratic elections" even while the puppet Maliki government is killing and repressing the opposition.
Who cannot see the real fraud behind all the capitalist propaganda concerning the so-called "Democratic" face of the U.S. government?
The truth is that while John Kerry, Joe Biden and Barack Obama talk endlessly about "human rights" and "freedom," the U.S. is drowning in a river of blood.
Long before "Operation Iraqi Freedom" ended on August 21, 2010, U.S. political "advisers" have been setting up Western-style political institutions and other civic organizations. And of course, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc. has been used to make sure that the economy of Iraq remains under the thumb of the international capitalist monopolies and bankers – that the contracts are signed with the "right" people and the wealth of the country turned over to imperialism.
The latest military offensives in Iraq again expose the lie of formal Iraqi political independence. While the Obama administration found it useful to attempt this fiction, the reality is that not only the economic lifeline of Iraq remains in the hands of foreign capitalists, but also the political, military, cultural and other aspects of the life of the people.
Under the neo-colonial system, U.S. imperialism carries out its exploitation of the peoples through an alliance with the internal capitalist and landlord classes. Representatives of the local exploiters are sent to Washington for political and military training and returned to their "native" land to rule on behalf of U.S. multinational corporations.
Such regimes rely on U.S. military aid and training to maintain their countries as "safe havens" for U.S. corporate investments.
Today in Israel (maintained as the 51st state of the U.S.), the Korean peninsula, Colombia, Iraq and elsewhere, the U.S. maintains puppet regimes. Just as in the past U.S. imperialism spawned and propped up such regimes as apartheid South Africa, the Shah of Iran, the dictatorships of Batista, Pinochet, Marcos, etc.
But precisely because they are fighting for freedom and independence -- and this cause is stronger than the greatest military power in the world which fights only for colonialism and domination -- the liberation movement of the Iraqi people continues to surge forward. The whole world knows that the inevitable outcome will be the defeat of imperialism.
The American people must continue to speak out in support of the right and the struggles of the peoples to live free of imperialist intervention and domination.
Strengthening the emerging anti-war movement means that the workers and activists must politicize themselves so as to strengthen their political independence and opposition to the capitalist parties of war and imperialism and to extend the anti-war movement to ever-wider sections of the people.