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Week commencing 6th October 2006
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FOUGHT TO A STANDSTILL
by our Arab Affairs Correspondent
AMERICA’S foreign minister Condoleezza Rice is making another
forlorn visit to the Middle East while Iraq burns and the Israelis turn
the screws even more against the Palestinians in Gaza and the West
Bank. Rice’s tour, aimed at the Arab “forces of moderation” that US
imperialism hopes to wield into a bloc to confront the Arab national
movement and Iran, includes routine meetings with Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli leadership.
Gone are the days when the neo-cons could talk about a “Greater Middle
East” with redrawn frontiers for all except Israel and “democratic”
institutions that most Arabs know is Bush-speak for puppet governments.
Now all Washington is interested in is keeping some of its Arab clients
on side while it prepares for confrontation with Iran over the nuclear
But raising the spectre of “Shia extremism” with feudal Sunni Arab
princes and kings only serves to further undermine the position of the
American puppet regime in Iraq, which is dominated by senior Shia
clergy. And what Rice forgets is that while these placemen are happy to
do the bidding of an outside power there’s no guarantee that the power
will always the United States.
Iraqi partisans have stepped up their attacks for Ramadan, forcing the
puppet regime to impose a total weekend curfew on the capital, Baghdad,
for the first time since the 2003 invasion. The ban on cars and
pedestrians moving anywhere inside the city from Friday evening until
Sunday morning was allegedly imposed to thwart a series of planned bomb
attacks. But puppet politicians also claimed it was in response to a
coup attempt by former Baathist officers within the puppet army.
Whatever the reason there’s been no stop to the bombings – the latest
targeted a puppet industry ministry convoy on Wednesday with
devastating effect – or the sectarian death squads that spread terror
US occupation troops, backed by puppet soldiers, have been reinforcing
operations against resistance fighters in the capital and the other
major cities in the country and right across the western province of Al
Anbar, which is largely under partisan militia control. Fierce
fighting rages in the provincial capital of Ramadi some 110 km west of
Baghdad and a puppet colonel has admitted that the resistance fires
more than 40 rockets and mortar shells at US and Iraqi puppet army
bases in Al Anbar every day.
Colonel Anwar al Jawrani warned that the expertise of the partisan
commanders was increasing as time went on in the course of
confrontations with the US occupation troops and Iraqi puppet forces,
making the task of defeating them increasingly difficult.
He also said that reports of tribes rising to oppose the resistance in
Al Anbar province were untrue and illogical, since the members of the
armed resistance groups were themselves members of these tribes.
He also noted that it would be impossible to expect the tribes to put
down a resistance movement that the American army had failed to put
down over the past three years.
In fact four Al Anbar sheikhs have been deposed and declared outlaws by
their tribes last week for meeting the US-installed puppet “Prime
Minister” Nouri al-Maliki and representatives of the US occupation
forces and agreeing to collaborate.
Now the fighting is spreading to the hitherto calm Kurdish autonomous
region as partisans mount operations against the feudal Kurdish
militias that support the US occupation. But the Kurdish chiefs are
playing a game of their own and their moves to sever virtually all
links with the central government is being looked on with grave
suspicion in Turkey.
The Turks, once America’s chief ally in the Middle East, are not
bothered about the petty ambitions of the pro-American Kurdish leaders
in northern Iraq but they are concerned and they are determined to stop
any move that would lead to an independent Kurdish state. Half the
entire Kurdish population lives in Turkey and the Turks fear that a
“Kurdistan” hewed out of northern Iraq would become a magnet and a safe
haven for the Kurdish guerrillas who operate in eastern Turkey.
Condoleezza Rice will, needless to say, have with nothing new to put on
the table on Iraq, Palestine or the Kurdish question during her
week-long tour of the region. She might as well have saved herself the
trouble of going there in the first place.
Democratic Korea moves to defend itself
THE DEMOCRATIC People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK) has faced the cold wrath of American
imperialism for over 50 years now. The US military juggernaut was
brought to its knees by the determination of the Korean People’s Army
and the heroic Chinese volunteers during the Korean War that ended with
an armistice in 1953. That truce called, amongst other things, for a
political conference to settle through negotiations the question of the
withdrawal of all foreign forces from Korea and the peaceful settlement
of the Korean question. The Chinese volunteers withdrew from north
Korea in October 1958. Tens of thousands of American troops occupy
south Korea to this day.
American imperialism has used underhand means to pursue the objectives
it could not achieve on the battlefield. Korea remains partitioned and
the south remains occupied. In the south puppet politicians and
generals do the bidding of American imperialism and the big American
corporations. Tens of thousands of US troops are stationed in south
Korea backed up by a US nuclear armada based in Japan.
Democratic Korea’s revolutionary leader, Kim Il Sung, made
repeated attempts to resolve the Korean question but all his
initiatives were rejected by the Americans, who have maintained a
diplomatic and economic blockade on the north since the end of the
Democratic Korea began to develop its nuclear industry in the 1990s but
agreed to suspend its programme following an agreement with the United
States that was to have led to the construction of two light water
reactors in the DPRK. This agreement was never honoured and it was
virtually torn up by the Bush administration. Since then the DPRK
has been branded by the American imperialists as part of the “axis of
evil” that includes Cuba, Syria and Iran and was topped by Iraq until
that country was invaded by US-led imperialism in 2003.
American and south Korean troops regularly carry out war-games that
rehearse an invasion of the north. South Korea has recently developed
its own cruise missile targeted against the DPRK. Democratic Korea’s
legitimate demands that include diplomatic recognition and
normalisation from the United States and an end to economic sanctions
have been repeatedly rebuffed at the six-party talks in Beijing.
The hawks in the White House who comprise Bush’s entire inner circle
make no secret of their desire to impose a “new world order” based on
military might and nuclear blackmail; their “diplomacy” rarely extends
beyond a monologue of threats when it comes to any country that stands
in their way.
These are the circumstances that forced the DPRK to resume its nuclear
programme and the development of its own long-range missiles. These are
the reasons why Democratic Korea announced this week that it would test
its first nuclear weapon in the near future. It was as inevitable as it
The DPRK has been forced to take this road to defend its
socialist system and independence in the face of growing threats from
US imperialism. At the same time it has pledged that it will
never use nuclear weapons first and it has also vowed never to threaten
the use of nuclear weapons or allow the transfer of nuclear technology
to other countries.
All the other nuclear powers made their declarations after their first
successful test. The fact that the DPRK has announced its intention in
advance shows that the door is still open for last-minute diplomacy.
The ball is now in the Americans’ court.
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