The New Worker
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Week commencing 9th March 2007
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US SURGE MEETS DEADLY RESPONSE
by our Arab Affairs Correspondent
Guns are yet again blazing across Iraq as the American
imperialist push meet fierce resistance in Baghdad and the west of
occupied Arab country. Nine US troops were killed on Tuesday, the
deadliest day for the Americans since they launched their “surge”
offensive three weeks ago.
The partisans have withdrawn from most of Ramadi, some 110 km west of
Baghdad, in the face of a US armoured attack but guerrillas have freed
over 140 partisans in a spectacular attack on a jail in Mosul and other
units are continuing to strike home hard in the heart of the Iraqi
Partisans stormed a prison on the outskirts of the northern city of
Mosul on Tuesday freeing over 140 prisoners, most of whom were
resistance fighters. After they easily overwhelmed the puppet
regime guards, the partisans freed the prisoners and drove away in cars
and pick-up trucks. Another guerrilla, Ahmad al Omar, a resistance
commander under sentence of death, made his get-away from a Mosul jail
In Baghdad American and puppet forces, with the tacit support of
sectarian Shia militias, are attempting to drive the resistance out of
the areas they control by sealing off streets, mounting house-to-house
searches and setting up fortified posts in nationalist neighbourhoods.
But this hasn’t stopped the resistance attacks. Last Saturday a senior
puppet regime officer was kidnapped in broad daylight and the
international airport was repeatedly shelled.
General Samir Sultan al Tikriti, the puppet deputy commander in charge
of the “Baghdad Security Plan” was seized as he was leaving his home
Saturday afternoon Earlier that day guerrillas shot dead a puppet
colonel while his convoy was driving through the western part of the
city. Meanwhile other units made repeated attacks on Saddam
International Airport inflicting heavy damage to the runways. The
partisans returned on Sunday to shell the US military base at the
airport for over 30 minutes before dispersing.
Last weekend the Arab League called on the United Nations Security
Council to set a timetable for the withdrawal of all foreign troops
from Iraq. Arab League Secretary-General Amer Moussa called for a
time-table for the withdrawal of the US-led forces, the disbanding of
all militias and the fair distribution of wealth within Iraq.
“I suggest that these foundations be included in a binding UN Security
Council resolution that all Iraqi and other parties with present roles
in Iraq should respect and follow,” Amer Moussa told Arab foreign
ministers at the Arab League meeting in Cairo. The Arab League, a forum
of all the Arab states, is routinely ignored by imperialism but its
statements reinforce the feeling on the Arab street that enough is
And the imperialists are certainly concerned at the mounting anger of
the Arab masses at the crimes of American imperialism and its Zionist
lackey in the Middle East. That’s why they’ve moved to silence a
pro-resistance satellite TV station that has won a huge audience inside
Iraq and throughout the Arab world for its films and reports of
Mishan al Jabburi, the head of Al Zawra (The Revolution) TV, has
accused the Americans of jamming his station’s broadcasts and putting
pressure on its Egyptian satellite provider to stop transmissions. The
puppet regime has banned the station and American foreign minister
Condoleezza Rice is believed to have urged the authorities to shut it
down during her recent visit to Egypt.
Al Jabburi, a Mosul businessman and leader of the National
Reconciliation and Liberation Party, was once a member of the puppet
Iraqi parliament. He opposed the continued American occupation and left
the country in February after he was accused of “encouraging terrorism”
and attacks on the US army of occupation.
He is now negotiating with the Arab Satellite Communications
Organisation – Arabsat, to resume broadcasting.
Al Jabburi said that the Americans were targeting his station because
Al Zawra broadcasts information on the Resistance to the US occupation
and publicises the achievements of the Resistance. Arabsat would be
sympathetic to him as it is owned by a consortium of Arab states who
support his initiative – including Libya and Saudi Arabia, who between
them own half the shares of the company.
NOT YET but it might well be
the ways things are going these days. If house arrest, detention
without trial, round-the-clock CCTV surveillance and asbos weren’t
enough, we can now expect bailiffs breaking into homes and seizing
belongings with the full blessing of the law. The new proposals, which
had their second reading in the House of Commons this week will give
bailiffs the right to forcibly enter domestic premised to enforce debts
include outstanding credit card bills. This is advancing fascism in top
In its dying days the Blair Government seems determined to do as much
damage as it can to the working class and the Labour Party it claims to
represent. Workers on the dole are told to make “an even greater
effort” to get a job and single parents may be kicked off benefits once
their child turns 12 if the Blair leadership has its way.
Workers’ children in England and Wales get a third-rate education under
a Government that prefers school sponsorship from religious bigots and
local businessmen and a university regime that has priced out the
working class. And now workers are expected to work even longer to get
a state pension that is worth less and less as time goes by.
The National Health Service that was established by the Attlee
Government in 1948 was a momentous achievement for the labour movement.
For the first time patients could obtain free treatment and free
prescriptions from a health service that surpassed even that of the
Soviet Union. Now patients have to fork out more and more of their own
money while the NHS suffers the death of a thousand cuts through
privatisation that began under the Tories and has continued unabated
Britain has become a paradise for the spivs, millionaires and
exploiters who have benefited from tax breaks and anti-union
legislation. It’s a nightmare for those eking out a miserable existence
on benefits in squalid council estates that are dying from neglect
because the councils are not allowed to revive them.
Billions have been spent on the criminal and illegal war in Iraq.
Billions more are going to be squandered on a new Trident nuclear
weapons system that nobody wants and the country doesn’t need. While
the rich flaunt their wealth in the best parts of town workers struggle
to maintain their standard of living by working longer hours.
It’s not surprising that the Labour Party is disintegrating. Few doubt
that Labour is going to get a hiding in the Scottish parliamentary and
local elections in May. Some workers will give their protest votes to
marginal left social-democratic parties that can never form a
government. Others will be lured by the lies and illusions of the
neo-nazis. Most will simply not bother to vote at all.
The major beneficiaries will, of course, be the Tories and the Liberal
Democrats. Both are parties of the bourgeoisie and both are essentially
hostile to the organised working class. That clearly doesn’t bother
Blair who is doing his best to make Labour unelectable for the next
decade. But it certainly bothers us.
The organised working class is the only force that can halt the drive
toward authoritarianism. But it can only do it if it re-asserts its
control over the Labour Party that depends on the unions for most of
its funding. A fight-back has began around John McDonnell and the
Labour Representation Committee. Some unions are on the offensive for
more pay and to stop the cuts. But much more needs to be done.
The fight to build a genuine, strong communist movement based on
Marxism-Leninism is crucial in the struggle to defend workers’ rights.
Socialism is the only answer to the capitalist crisis. The alternative,
as Marx said, was barbarism and we’re getting our first taste of it now.
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