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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 October 2004

Troops Out Of Iraq

Money For Public Services Not War And Occupation

ALMOST TWO thirds of voters oppose the deployment of the Black Watch nearer to Baghdad. It is well understood that this action has more to do with Bush's campaign to win the US election than any military strategy.

Jane James

These troops are heading for an area known as the "triangle of death" where they are more likely to face serious casualties than in Basra. The demand for the withdrawal of all British and US forces is gaining increased support.

Not a day goes by without reports of suicide bombings, hostage taking and resistance to the occupation. Last weekend 70 Iraqi security officers and army recruits were killed along with the bombing of two oil pipelines.

While the media highlight the kidnappings and beheading of foreigners in Iraq little is reported on the suffering of the Iraqi people themselves.

Vast numbers of Iraqis are fleeing their country to escape US bombing, shortage of food and basic services. 100 Iraqis are killed every day on average. Four-fifths of Iraqi people demand the immediate withdrawal of occupying troops.

A recent report from Fallujah, which faces daily US bombardment, describes many residents leaving the city: "Hospitals have all but run out of supplies and most people know this.

"But still the injured are being taken there - just so that they can be near the doctors and receive some comfort."

The US want to quell the resistance in Fallujah and other cities in order to hold elections in January.

Who gains from this occupation? Not the 30,000 Iraqi civilians who have been killed so far and the many refugees, nor the US and British troops who are dying for Bush and Blair's war.

Working people in Britain witness billions being spent on this war while New Labour sell off our schools and council housing to big business.


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