you for joining the Iraqi resistance forces. You
have been issued an AK-47 rifle, rocket-propelled
grenade launcher and an address where you can
pick up supplies of bombs and remote-controlled
mines. Please let your cell leader know if you
require additional materiel for use against the
are joining a broad and diverse coalition dedicated
to one principle: Iraq for Iraqis. Our leaders
include generals of President Saddam Hussein's
secular government as well as fundamentalist Islamists.
We are Sunni and Shia, Iraqi and foreign, Arab
and Kurdish. Though we differ on what kind of
future our country should have after liberation
and many of us suffered under Saddam, we are fighting
side by side because there is no dignity under
the brutal and oppressive jackboot of the U.S.
Coalition Provisional Authority or their Vichyite
lapdogs on the Governing Council, headed by embezzler
we destroyed our weapons of mass destruction,
we were unable to defend ourselves against the
American invasion. This was their plan all along.
Now our only option is guerilla warfare: we must
kill as many Americans as possible at a minimum
risk to ourselves. As the Afghan resistance to
the Soviets and the Americans' own revolution
against our former colonial masters the British
have proven, it will only be a matter of time
before the U.S. occupation forces become demoralized.
As casualties and expenditures rise, the costs
will outweigh the economic and political benefits
of occupation. Soon the American public will note
that the anticipated five-year price tag of $500
billion, with a probable loss of some 4,000 lives
and 10,000 wounded, is not a reasonable price
to pay to get our 2.5 million barrels of oil flowing
to the West each month. This net increase, of
just 0.23 percent of total OPEC production, will
not reduce U.S. gasoline prices. At an average
of 35 attacks each day, an hour does not pass
without an American soldier coming under fire
somewhere in Iraq. Ultimately the American public
will pressure their leaders to withdraw their
harried troops from our country.
is inevitable. Our goal is to make that day come
sooner rather than later.
is no easy thing to shoot or blow up young men
and women because they wear American uniforms.
Indeed, the soldiers are themselves oppressed
members of America's vast underclass. Many don't
want to be here; joining America's mercenary army
is the only way they can afford to attend university.
Others, because they are poor and uneducated,
do not understand that they are being used as
pawns in Dick Cheney's cynical oil war.
we can't help these innocent U.S. soldiers. They
are victims, like ourselves, of the bandits in
Washington. Nor can we disabuse them of the propaganda
that an occupier isn't always an oppressor. We
regret their deaths, but we must continue to kill
them until the last one has gone home to America.
recent months we have opened a second front, against
such non-governmental organizations as the United
Nations and Red Crescent. A typical response of
the Bush junta to these actions was issued by
National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice: "It
is unfortunate in the extreme that the terrorists
decided to go after innocent aid workers and people
who were just trying to help the Iraqi people."
Do not listen to her. True, many aid workers are
well intentioned. However, their presence under
American military occupation tacitly endorses
the invasion and subsequent colonization of Iraq.
Their efforts to restore "normalcy" deceives weak-willed
Iraqi civilians and international observers into
the mistaken belief that the Americans are popular
here. There can be no normalcy, or peace, until
the invader is driven from our land. From the
psychological warfare standpoint, the NGOs represent
an even more insidious threat to fight for sovereignty
than the U.S. army.
this vein we must also take action against our
own Iraqi citizens who choose to collaborate with
the enemy. Bush wants to put an "Iraqi face" on
the occupation. If we allow the Americans to corrupt
our friends and neighbors by turning them into
puppet policemen and sellouts, our independence
will be lost forever. If someone you know is considering
taking a job with the Americans, tell him that
he is engaging in treason and encourage him to
seek honest work instead. If he refuses, you must
kill him as a warning to other weak-minded individuals.
to heart this warning of Cuban revolutionary Ché
Guevara: "The guerrilla fighter needs full help
from the people of the area. This is an indispensable
condition. This is clearly seen by considering
the case of bandit gangs that operate in a region.
They have all the characteristics of a guerrilla
army: homogeneity, respect for the leader, valor,
knowledge of the ground, and, often, even good
understanding of the tactics to be employed. The
only thing missing is support of the people; and,
inevitably, these gangs are captured and exterminated
by the public force." If the Americans are right
about us, and we enjoy no popular support, we
deserve to be annihilated. Fortunately, the U.S.
has adopted Israeli-style retaliatory bombing,
cordoning off whole villages and other tactics
that are turning civilian fence-sitters to our
point of view.
Rall is the author of the graphic travelogue "To
Afghanistan and Back," an award-winning recounting
of his experiences covering the U.S. invasion
of Afghanistan. It is now available in a revised
and updated paperback edition containing new material.
Ordering information is available at amazon.com.)
2003 TED RALL
Posted: November 19, 2003