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Week commencing 30th June 2006
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THE GUN AND THE PEOPLE
by our Arab Affairs Correspondent
FOUR RUSSIAN diplomats have been slain in Iraq. The Baathist
underground and the major partisan movements in Iraq have rejected a
sham “amnesty” offered by the US puppet regime last week and partisans
battled in the streets of Baghdad and once again rocketed the US “Green
Zone” military compound while the puppet parliament was sitting.
The Russian government has blamed the Americans for the death of four
of their diplomats seized by a guerrilla group linked to Al Qaeda that
was demanding the withdrawal of all Russian troops from Chechnya in
exchange for their lives.
In Moscow Russian officials stated that the coalition forces were
responsible for security in Iraq, including the safety of foreign
diplomats in Baghdad. “The responsibility for the execution of the
Russian diplomats is the burden on the shoulders of all those who
occupied Iraq. This crime is on their conscience,” deputy speaker of
the Russian parliament Lubov Sliska declared.
The head of the Iraqi Cultural Forum, an organisation that represents
Iraqi immigrants in Russia, told the Vremya Novosti newspaper that he
believed western secret services were behind the murders. “This is a
US-led game,” Salyam Musafir said.
“This is how they decided to punish the Russian diplomacy for its
anti-war stance. The US is definitely responsible for the fact that
they have occupied Iraq but failed to establish law and order there”.
The streets of the occupied capital rang to the sound of gunfire when
partisans seized parts of southern Baghdad last Friday and held them
for nearly three hours. On Monday the resistance fired mortar rounds
into the maximum-security zone that the Americans have set up around
the Republican palace in Baghdad – the district they have called the
“Green Zone” as the US-sponsored “Iraqi parliament” was in session
there. A headquarters of the US Army and puppet troops in the
north-west of the city was rocketed and street battles erupted in the
heart of Baghdad when the resistance overran a puppet check-point the
Meanwhile the sectarian “Badr Brigade” that works for the puppet regime
raided a dormitory in Baghdad University, dragging 10 Sunni students
out suspected of nationalist sentiment because they came from the
partisan stronghold of Ramadi.
Other Badr Brigade units attacked the homes of Palestinian refugees in
eastern Baghdad, killing four as part of an ongoing pogrom against the
Palestinian community which the sectarians accuse of being
pro-Baathist. But the attackers did not get away entirely unscathed.
Local Iraqis who rushed to the aid of the Palestinians killed five of
the pro-American sectarian gunmen and wounded several more.
The US-installed puppet regime of Nuri al-Maliki claims to have held
secret talks with high-ranking US military commanders and former
generals and officers the Iraqi Army from before the American invasion
in their drive to get the resistance to give up the fight.
But the Baathist underground and the major partisan movements have
rejected the sham “amnesty” offered by the puppet regime as a ruse
designed to split the resistance and get some of them to lay down their
The General Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces, a major part of the
Iraqi resistance, dismissed claims that they had held talks with puppet
leaders saying “no intelligent person could believe such a lie”
while the Iraqi Arab Socialist Renaissance Party (Baath) issued a
similar statement analysing and rejecting the Al Maliki “initiative”.
“What are the contents and conditions of this `reconciliation’ and with
whom are we to reconcile?” the Baath Party statement asked
rhetorically, and went on:
“The idea of this reconciliation is based on the renunciation of
`violence’ as the occupation administration calls it, and agreeing to
become a part of the political process, even as the Americans continue
to refuse even to set out a timetable for their withdrawal! Instead of
that, American officials talk about remaining in Iraq for a long time
to come, and about building bases and airports! Therefore the
‘reconciliation’ can only mean one thing, and that is the acceptance of
the occupation and its results”.
The statement went on to say: “Putting a halt now to the armed
resistance at a time when it is at the gates of decisive victory would
be the greatest possible betrayal of Iraq, an ignominious retreat from
the promise of its liberation, an unacceptable abandonment of the
rights of Iraq and the Iraqis who have been killed, raped, imprisoned,
Addressing the “heroic fighters in the holy struggle” the Baath
stressed: “The path to decisive victory lies not through the United
Nations or the Arab League or negotiations with the occupation under
its conditions, or collaborating with stooges. Victory only comes out
of the barrel of the gun of the militant.
“So keep hold of your weapons! Make them your sure path to victory,
your only guarantee that the occupation will be prevented from playing
its cards and the cards of its lackeys to try to circumvent the
resistance or some of the resistance organisations.
“The fundamental way to complete the march to decisive victory is the
militant gun, combined and integrated with a broad national front
embracing all those who reject the occupation!”
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ISRAELI WARPLANES are hitting
targets in Gaza. Israeli tanks are pouring into the Gaza Strip. The
Palestinian leadership has been told that they will face massive
retribution unless a captured Israeli soldier is handed over. It seems
that another deadly round in the battle for Palestine is about to begin.
Whenever Israel attacks it poses as the injured party. It tells the
world it has to act to save the life of a soldier taken by Palestinian
commandos in a raid last week. But Israel says nothing about the 37
Palestinian civilians killed and another 192 injured in the occupied
Palestinian territories in the last two weeks as the result of attacks
by the Israeli forces.
Tel Aviv blames the Palestinian militias for armed resistance which it
calls “terrorism” but says nothing about the root cause of the crisis
in Palestine – the millions of Palestinian Arab refugees and their
descendants driven out of their homes by the Zionists in the first
Arab-Israeli war which ended in 1949 and the continued denial of
Palestinian rights even in the territories seized by Israel after the
Third Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
Ehud Olmert’s Kadima bloc won the Israeli elections in April by
promising to resolve the Palestinian crisis. He had a plan. He was
backed by former Israeli Labour premier and Nobel Prize winner, Shimon
Peres. He had the blessing of the Bush administration which is all that
counts in Tel Aviv these days.
But there was nothing new in his plan nor had he bothered to consult
the Palestinians because Olmert knew it was totally unacceptable.
Olmert’s big idea is often called “unilateral disengagement”. All
that means is that Israel withdraws from the parts of occupied
Palestine it doesn’t want or cannot hold while retaining all the good
bits, including the vast tract of Palestinian territory the Zionists
call “Greater Jerusalem”, behind a concrete wall that has also been
erected on stolen Arab land.
If the Palestinians agree to negotiate their own capitulation
Israel might give them a few more crumbs. If not the “plan” will be
implemented regardless of past UN resolutions, Oslo agreements or the
“road map” that Bush and Blair were telling us was the only way forward
not long ago.
Olmert bleats that he has no Palestinian “partner” to negotiate with.
But he has. Olmert claims that his plan will safeguard Israel’s
“security”. But it won’t.
Israeli leaders down the years have repeatedly spurned the concept of a
comprehensive and lasting peace with the Palestinians and the rest of
the Arab world in exchange for the elusive dream of total victory.
Armed to the teeth by imperialism their armies have dealt savage blows
against the Arabs. Tens of thousands of Arabs have died in the wars and
confrontations that have wracked the Middle East since the State of
Israel was established in 1948. But so have many Israelis.
The terror of the oppressor has spawned the terror of the oppressed.
The Palestinian determination to fight tooth and nail for their rights
by whatever means possible continues to frustrate the Zionist dream of
a land without Arabs and a Middle East that revolves around Tel Aviv.
The basis for a just peace has long been accepted by the international
community. Past UN resolutions have called on Israel to withdraw from
all the occupied territories seized in 1967. The UN has upheld the
right of the Palestinians to establish their own independent state on
the West Bank and Gaza Strip and recognised the right of the
Palestinian refugees to return to their homes or receive appropriate
compensation, if they so wish, from the Israeli authorities.
The Palestinian problem is not insoluble but it can only be resolved
when the legitimate rights of the Palestinians are resolved. That’s the
bitter equation that Olmert must accept if he wants peace.
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