The New Worker
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Week commencing 2nd November 2007
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US GENERAL WOUNDED
by our Arab Affairs Correspondent
IRAQI PARTISANS launched waves of attacks on the forces of US
imperialism and its lackeys this week. An American general was
wounded in a bomb attack in Baghdad, US convoys were ambushed and
airports attacked across occupied Iraq.
Brigadier-General Jeffrey Dorko was injured when a bomb blew up near
his convoy, operated by the British mercenary security company
Erinys International, on Monday. General Dorko, the commander of the
Gulf Region Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, suffered
shrapnel wounds but his condition was described as “non-life
He was evacuated to a US military hospital in Germany where he was said
to be in a “stable” condition. The general is the highest ranking
American officer to be injured in action since the Anglo-American
invasion in 2003.
An American military supply-run was hit along the motorway that runs
from Baghdad to Jordan on Tuesday. American lorries were set on fire
when four bombs, detonated over a 15-minute period ripped through the
convoy as it drove past Ramadi some 110 km west of Baghdad. US
warplanes were called in to provide assistance to the convoy after it
had suffered severe losses as a result of the attack. Three American
troops were killed when their patrol was bombed in south-eastern
Baghdad later that day.
In northern Iraq resistance fighters rocketed the US military base near
al Baghdada, some 200 km north-west of the capital. Eye-witnesses said
more than 10 Katyusha rockets blasted into the US base setting off
explosions inside the camp. Medevac helicopters could be seen flying
away from the base to Baghdad, in an apparent evacuation of the more
severely wounded Americans.
Guerrillas shelled a puppet regime TV station in Mosul on Monday and
partisans blasted the US base at Kirkuk airport with most ferocious
mortar barrage in three months on Tuesday. About twenty 82mm mortar
rounds slammed into the airport, inflicting damage on the facilities
and wounding three puppet regime troops.
One US soldier was killed and four more wounded when 17 mortar rounds
slammed into the US consulate in al-Hillah in central Iraq last week.
Seventeen mortar shells landed in the US consulate and puppet police
camp adjacent to the building, killing about five people and wounding
Further south the British base at Basra International Airport, 25
km north-west of the city, came under Katyusha rocket attack
early on Monday morning.
While the fighting rages the puppet regime totters on amid growing
anger on the street at the complete collapse of public services under
the occupation. Electricity is only available for a few hours a day at
the best of times. Now it’s getting worse. Several power plants are
idle due to shortages of fuel and power cuts are getting even longer.
Iraq has massive oil reserves but persistent sabotage of the oil
industry has forced the puppet regime to import most of its fuel needs.
Iraq suffered no fuel shortages before the US invasion and the amount
of electricity produced now is far less than that in Saddam Hussein’s
Hit by the resistance and riddled with corruption, the puppet regime is
now trying to dismiss fears that the largest dam in Iraq is at risk of
an imminent collapse that could drown Mosul, a city of 1.7 million
people. But American officials have told Iraqi authorities to make
Mosul Dam a national priority, as a catastrophic failure would result
in a “significant loss of life”.
The puppet regime says it is reducing the risk and insists there is no
cause for alarm. But a US watchdog group said reconstruction of the dam
had been plagued by mismanagement and potential fraud. In a report
published on Tuesday, the Special Inspector General for Iraq
Reconstruction (SIGIR) said US-funded “short-term solutions” had yet to
significantly solve the dam’s problems.
SIGIR found multiple failures in several of the 21 contracts awarded to
repair the dam. These included faulty construction and delivery of
wrong parts, as well as projects which were not completed despite full
payments having been made. In September 2006, the US Army Corps of
Engineers determined that the dam, 74 km upstream of Mosul on the river
Tigris, presented an unacceptable risk. An engineering report revealed
that a catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam would result in flooding
along the Tigris all the way to Baghdad.
The report goes on to say that “assuming a worst-case scenario, an
instantaneous failure of Mosul Dam filled to its maximum operating
level could result in a flood wave 20 metres deep at the city of Mosul,
which would result in a significant loss of life and property.” If that
were to happen, some have predicted that as many as 500,000 people
could be killed.
Thieves fall out
THE BBC last weekend screened
a two-part documentary, No Plan, No Peace, in which senior ministers
and officials attacked the imperialist coalition leaders for their lack
of a plan for governing Iraq after the invasion. Some British
officials, including former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon claimed they
were unhappy with United States’ plans for “vigorous
de-baathification”. America’s proconsul Paul Bremer responded
that if some British officers or officials had doubts “they did not
give any hint of it in our meetings”.
Some are now complaining that the invasion of Iraq went wrong
because of the lack of a plan – implying that if they had had a plan
everything would have been fine. They now claim to have been shocked to
see scenes of looting in the aftermath of the invasion – as if the
petty crimes were shocking, while the mass bombing and theft of a whole
country was nothing.
The real reason that everything has gone wrong for them is that
the people of Iraq have been resisting heroically and thwarting the one
plan the imperialists did have – to wreck the country, steal the oil
and leave the people to survive as best they could, or not.
Getting the sums wrong
HOME SECRETARY Jacqui Smith
last week had to apologise that the Government had got its figures
wrong on the number of immigrants who have come into Britain to work by
around 300,000. Since then others have claimed that even that figure is
a gross underestimate. The Government does not seem to know or care
very much. The vast majority have come here perfectly legally from
Europe – including the some of the new European Union countries of
Eastern Europe. They are working hard and making a fortune for their
employers. The ruling class is delighted with this and projections say
the population will rise to around 70 million within a decade.
This is not a problem so long public services and the
infrastructure expand to provide housing, water, sewerage education,
health and transport services. These immigrants produce more than
enough wealth to fund these services, but where is that wealth going?
It’s going into the pockets of their bosses. The workers are getting
wages and paying taxes but that is small beer compared to what the
bosses are pocketing.
But during the past decade Gordon Brown, first as Chancellor and
now as Prime Minister, has been increasing personal taxes and cutting
corporation taxes. This is why bosses from around the world are tempted
to Britain to create jobs – a high proportion of which are going to the
immigrants. It leaves both the immigrants and indigenous workers
suffering from strains on the infrastructure – and being saddled with
paying the taxes to restore and expand public services. Even then the
PFI sharks will take a big cut of any major expansion of public
facilities. We’re all being fleeced, made to pay for the privilege and
then fleeced again in a different way – while the bosses pocket
And of course it suits the bosses if indigenous workers and
migrant workers can be set to blame each other for the resultant
problems. Fascist and racist parties will be fostering these divisions
but so will mainstream tabloid newspapers. It must be our role to
counter their poisonous propaganda and make it clear who are the
enemies of all the workers – and to call for a proper tax system that
makes those who are making a fortune from employing migrant workers to
contribute to the basic public services that will be needed to maintain
them and the indigenous workers.
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