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Week commencing 22nd July 2005
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IMPERIALIST troops came
under a hail of resistance rockets, bombs and bullets throughout
occupied Iraq this week. American troops were repeatedly beaten back as
they tried to advance into the western town of Rawah. Partisans bombed
American camps and ambushed US patrols in Fallujah, the city stormed
and “pacified” by US Marines last year.
A collaborator judge was killed in Nasiriyah and three Sunni Arabs on
the puppet team charged with writing the stooge constitution were shot
dead as they left a Baghdad restaurant on Tuesday. Former puppet
premier Iyyad Alawi survived an assassination attempt during a visit to
Lebanon and an American Republican congressman called for the bombing
of Muslim holy sites, including Mecca, if the United States suffered
more terror attacks from Muslim extremists. Meanwhile Iraqi patriots
have accused the Americans of being behind recent bombings that killed
large numbers of children.
Maverick Shia leader Muqtada al Sadr has accused the “hands of the
American occupation and its collaborators” of carrying out the 13th
July Baghdad bombing that killed 32 children and injured many others
and the bombing of a fuel station in al Musayyib on 16th July that
killed dozens more. All the major resistance movements have signed a
joint communiqué denying any hand in these bombings.
According to the Arab al Jazeera television, a traffic policeman said
that US troops raced out of the street less than a minute before the
Baghdad explosion and a fire brigade captain said the explosion left a
very big crater in the ground unlike those caused by the resistance,
who use old Iraqi army stock of Soviet-made TNT which explodes
outwards. The traffic policeman was sacked within an hour of making his
statement, which was dismissed as “irresponsible”.
More that two dozen doctors walked out of one of Baghdad’s busiest
hospitals on Tuesday in protest against abuse from the puppet army. On
Monday puppet troops barged into a women’s wing of the Yarmouk Hospital
to conduct searches at gunpoint. “We know citizens may be a little
upset but we have our rights too and we can’t operate and provide a
service to people if we feel under threat,” Dr Assad Hind declared.
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has condemned remarks by a
Colorado congressman calling for the bombing of Mecca as “nothing but a
fanatic speaking completely personally, irresponsibly and without
thought of how far his statements would reach or what kind of problems
they would create”.
US Republican congressman Tom Tancredo told a radio chat-show presenter
that if America sustained nuclear terror attacks from “extremist,
fundamentalist Muslims” their holy sites including Mecca should be
bombed. He later claimed he was “just throwing out some ideas” but
insisted that an “ultimate threat” be met with an “ultimate response”.
Back in London Foreign Minister Jack Straw has censored a book on the
run-up to the invasion of Iraq by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain’s
former ambassador to the United Nations. Greenstock, who was Blair’s
special envoy in Iraq for a year, has criticised the Blair government’s
handling of the war.
According to the Observer, some of the censored passages were highly
critical of the United States. In one, Greenstock call’s Bush’s
decision to invade “politically illegitimate”.
On Monday Defence Secretary John Reid confirmed that Britain was likely
to begin reducing its forces in Iraq within the next 12 months. Reid
insisted that Britain had no “long-term imperialist ambitions” in Iraq
but added that British and American forces would stay as long as they
Blair and the rest of the British war party establishment may bleat
that the London bombings have nothing to do with Iraq but the British
people, who clearly think otherwise, had another bitter reminder of the
price of imperialist war with the news that 11 British soldiers
including a colonel are facing court-martial for war-crimes; three
accused of killing an Iraqi civilian prisoner in September 2003.
As the guns blaze in Iraq, Bush and Blair’s dream of a new
Anglo-American empire, the “Project for the New American Century”, is
fading like a mirage in the desert sands.
The right not to be bombed
HOME SECRETARY Charles Clarke
last week told European Union politicians that they must put the fight
against terrorism above all concerns for civil liberties because “the
right not to be blown up is the greatest human right of all”. It is a
pity that our New Labour government in March 2003 did not consider for
one moment that the people of Baghdad might share these sentiments
before helping Bush to unleash the horrors of the “shock and awe”
bombing raids on that city.
Whatever the horror the four suicide bombers unleashed on London
on 7th July, the horror unleashed by Bush and Blair in Iraq was several
hundred times worse. Since then around 150,000 Iraqi civilians are
estimated to have died as a result of that illegal invasion and the
killing goes on.
Some are now trying to blame the continuing bloodshed in Iraq on
the Iraqi resistance. But statistics show that for every death
attributable to the resistance, many more are caused directly by the
occupation forces. Furthermore the courage and determination of the
resistance fighters has forced Bush to think again about attacking
other countries on his “axis of evil” list, or making a direct military
intervention in various progressive political processes that are
happening in Latin America.
We cannot know exactly what was in the misguided minds of the
suicide bombers who attacked London but we do know what motivated
Bush’s attack on Iraq – greed for oil. So to hear Bush and Blair
accusing others of mindless violence is the most nauseating hypocrisy.
And the “outrage” that Blair pretends whenever somebody links the
London bombings to his support for the invasion of Iraq is laughable.
In February 2003 Whitehall’s joint intelligence committee told Blair
that “al Qaeda and associated groups continued to represent by far the
greatest terrorist threat to western interests, and that the threat
would be heightened by military action against Iraq”.
Then last week the Royal Institute of International Affairs
published a paper saying that Britain is at particular risk “because it
is the closest ally of the United States”.
Blair tries to deny this and claims that he will not let
terrorism influence his policies. But his policies do influence
terrorists and recklessly put the British public at risk.
But after having declared that he will not be influenced by
terrorism, Blair instantly introduces a whole new raft of “anti-terror”
measures and we are told we must sacrifice our civil liberties in order
not to be bombed.
Most of the general public are well aware that the proposed
measures – identity cards, control orders (house arrest) and new laws
about “indirect incitement to terrorism” will not prevent similar
suicide attacks. They will simply accelerate the speed at which this
country is moving to a police state. Making the “indirect support or
celebration of terrorism” could in theory outlaw celebrations for
Bastille Day or the Great October Revolution – or even the 4th of July.
The terror bombers, far from weakening Bush and Blair, are
actually strengthening them. Bush wanted to invade Iraq and Afghanistan
– over oil and pipelines – as soon as he was elected. But he could not
rally the support until after 11th September 2001. Earlier this month
Blair seemed likely to be defeated over the issue of identity cards as
popular opinion swung against them. Now he will have no problem. It is
not that public opinion has changed again but that our MPs, with a few
honourable exceptions, are easily bullied and panicked by Blair’s
accusations that they are being soft on terrorists.
Blair says we must confront head-on the “evil ideology” of Muslim
fundamentalism that leads to terrorism. We say it is time to confront
head on the evil ideology of capitalism and greed that leads to
poverty, injustice and wars.
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