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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.

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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

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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


 

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