U.S. military capture of Iraqi president Saddam
Hussein is being trumpeted by the corporate media
and the Bush administration as simultaneously
a great victory, the start of a new era, and justification
for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
seizure and public display of Saddam Hussein may
be a propaganda victory for imperialism, but it
changes nothing fundamental about the situation
in Iraq, particularly the reality that the U.S.
invasion and occupation of Iraq constitute a blatant
and brutal violation of both international and
hailing the detention of Saddam Hussein after
an intense 8-month search, the current co-dictators
of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer and Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez,
are expressing the hope of the Bush administration
as a whole that this development will signal the
beginning of the end for the Iraqi resistance.
intensifying Iraqi resistance to the illegal and
colonial war and occupation has not been primarily
based - according even to the more knowledgeable
corporate media journalists in Iraq - on loyalty
to any particular individual. Instead, it is a
response to the negation of Iraq's sovereignty
and independence, as well as the increasing brutality
of the occupying army.
supporters of Bush's war such as Sen. Jay Rockefeller,
Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
are raising questions: "Given the location and
circumstances of his capture, it makes clear that
Saddam was not managing the insurgency. ... That
is significant and disturbing because it means
the insurgents are not fighting for Saddam, they're
fighting against the United States."
can be no question that the Iraq occupation is
a colonial project in every respect. The U.S.-appointed
"Iraq Governing Council" is headed by CIA asset
Ahmed Chalabi, whose family was the richest in
all of Iraq when the British-controlled regime
was overthrown in 1958. All of Iraq's assets are
being put on the auction block.
U.S. is setting up colonial-style Iraqi police,
intelligence services, and paramilitary death
squads. It is taking and holding family members
hostage, including children and grandparents,
to force Iraqis to submit themselves for "interrogation."
U.S. forces are using "Israeli-style" collective
punishment and violence against the population
as a whole in large parts of the country.
a heavy dose of fear and violence, and a lot of
money for projects, I think we can convince these
people that we are here to help them," stated
a U.S. battalion commander in Iraq (New York Times,
December 7, 2003). He was speaking from one of
the many Iraq villages that the U.S. has wrapped
in razor wire, holding entire communities prisoner.
A sign on the barbed wire reads, in English only,
"This fence is here for your protection. Do not
approach or try to cross, or you will be shot."
U.S. government has a long history of destabilizing
and overthrowing governments and replacing them
with brutal dictatorships. One need only look
at Iran, the Congo, Guatemala, and Chile to know
that the democratic or undemocratic character
of the government targeted by the U.S. has never
been the motivation for its actions. In that context
the U.S. government has supported the most brutal
dictatorships and military regimes.
long standing demonization of the former Iraqi
government followed by the invasion and occupation
of Iraq is part of a larger global project by
the United States to militarily destroy any government
that seeks to maintain even nominal independence
from the dictates of Washington and Wall Street.
The leadership of North Korea, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe,
Cuba, Palestine and others have been selected
by the Bush administration for destruction. This
stands in fundamental violation of the right of
self determination. Only the Iraqi people have
the right to determine who their leaders will
should keep in mind as they watch the forthcoming
carefully packaged documentary of the "crimes"
of the former Iraqi government, that the Bush
administration has taken tens of thousands of
innocent Iraqi lives, has plunged Iraq into chaos
and anarchy, and has removed the essential features
of sovereignty for the Iraqi people who struggled
in the past for decades against colonial rule.
occupation is taking the lives of Iraqis, U.S.
and other "coalition" forces every day. While
Halliburton, Bechtel and other U.S. corporations
are reaping immense profits, the people both here
and there are paying the price for Bush and his
corporate friends' looting spree, in blood and
money. According to administration figures, the
cost of the Iraq occupation is 210 million dollars
every day. The administration has stated that
it need not bother to count the number of Iraqis
that it kills.
will continue and intensify our mobilizing work
to demand: "End the Occupation, Bring the Troops
Home NOW! Money for Jobs, Health Care and Education,
Not for War and Occupation."
Posted: December 15, 2003