Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/295/13965

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 April 2003

It's Occupation Not Liberation

LAST WEEK, hospitals in Baghdad were swamped by casualties. At the Al Yarmouk hospital they were arriving at a rate of 100 an hour. Yet, even before the terrible death and destruction has ended in Iraq, the capitalist vultures are circling ready to make a 'killing' from what is left of the carnage.

The true face of the US empire, which Tony Blair so slavishly follows, is now clear for all to see. The world's only superpower has used its overwhelming military force to defeat the Iraqi regime. Now the Iraqi people, thousands of whom have been slaughtered and injured by US/British bombs and bullets are meant to welcome them as their 'liberators'.

It's not liberation that the Iraqi people face but occupation by a US military dictatorship whose aim is to turn the country into a virtual US colony, safe for imperialism. The multinational oil companies are poised to make super profits as the Iraqi oil is privatised. It's they who this brutal war has been waged for, not ordinary Iraqis whose blood has been spilled for oil.

Paul Wolfowitz, deputy US defence secretary, says that Iraq will be under US military control for at least six months, most probably much longer. As Secretary of State Colin Powell put it, having waged the war the US expects to have "significant dominant control" over how it unfolds in the future.

The war in Iraq has been just one episode in US imperialism's project to assert its dominance across the globe. But their power has not gone completely unchallenged. Millions have risen up to protest around the world. In particular, a new generation of young people have been awakened to political struggle in the US, Britain and elsewhere.

They have seen the brutal reality of this capitalist profit system which is the root cause of conflict and war. Many are becoming active in the struggle for system change.

If you want to see a world free from war and terror, join them and the Socialist Party in the struggle for socialism internationally.

National anti-war demo

Saturday 12 April

Assemble 12 noon at either York Road, SE1 (nearest station Waterloo) or Victoria Street, SW1 (nearest station Victoria). March to Hyde Park.

Called by Stop the War Coalition + CND. www.stopwar.org.uk

Details: contact Ken Smith, Socialist Party rep on STWC committee. 020 8988 8778

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 12 April 2003:

It's Occupation Not Liberation

Privatising The NHS

Call Centre Workers Fight Job Cuts

Nursery Nurses On Strike

Money for services, Not for War!

War In Iraq - The Endgame

US Plans To Recolonise Iraq

Brown's Budget

USA: Problems in the world's engine room

Iraq - Imperialism's Grim Legacy

Standing For The Millions, Not The Millionaires: Vote Socialist Alternative

Repression And War Is Fuelling Palestinian Anger


 

Home   |   The Socialist 12 April 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Iraq:

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

triangle'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangleAttacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

War:

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangleComprehensive account of bloody conflict

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

Occupation:

triangleTrump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

triangleScotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

US:

triangleThem & Us

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

Oil:

triangleMovement growing against fracking giant Ineos

International

International

13/12/17

Israel

Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

13/12/17

CWI

A world in crisis, ripe for revolution

6/12/17

US

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

6/12/17

Ireland

Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

6/12/17

Women

Fighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle

22/11/17

US

Trump's tax attacks

22/11/17

Australia

Australia: massive yes vote for marriage equality

21/11/17

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

15/11/17

Minneapolis

USA: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

10/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

8/11/17

Sweden

Sweden: 'Revolution2017' success

8/11/17

Spain

Spain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

8/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: dangerous ideas for the ruling class

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2