Hasan Ilkates hasan_ilkates at
Thu Aug 28 17:09:21 MDT 2003

Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Concerning Iraq's future

Support to KESK

Women Laborers Discussing

Concerning Iraq's future
Just as in the rest of the world, the explosion of the
United Nations headquarters in Baghdad triggered a series
of new arguments in Turkey. It is interesting that the
issue is being dealt with under the heading of the war
against terror. That those resisting the occupying forces
are labeled as terrorists not only by the US but also by
United Nations administrators should unfortunately be
regarded as a great achievement of imperialist propaganda.

However, this is not the only topic that needs to be
argued. More correctly, whether or not an armed resistance
gaining an important part of its energy from the
reactionary Saddam regime should be labeled as "terror" is
linked to how other much more comprehensive questions are

The first of these questions is this: Can we see the
occupation in Iraq as a completed case? In the case of an
affirmative answer to this question, it is inevitable that
such realpolitik topics as "the reconstruction of Iraq",
and "directing Iraq's future" will cross our path.

Saddam has been overthrown, a great vacuum of authority has
appeared and extremely complicated forces have started
moving around in this vacuum. Therefore, if we were to
start our calendars from the 1st of May, we could
understand that the fixation of the progressive forces in
Iraq concerning their demands for the normalization of
political and economic life and the speeding up of the
evacuation of the occupying forces is justified from many

However, to start counting the days as of May 1, the day
when Bush declared the termination of the war, is neither
important for Iraqis nor other peoples in the region. There
is an occupation and the acceptance of such an occupation
is out of the question. The normalization of political and
economic life in Iraq will not mean anything other than the
settling down of the occupying forces in case we do not
start the process from May 1st. Yet the vital issue today
is to ensure that the US presence in Iraq is not
legitimized in any way, and this is not only the cause of
the Iraqis, but of all mankind. It is an obvious truth that
just as Iraq's future will be determined by the struggle of
the Iraqi people, the presence of the occupying countries
in this country cannot be seen as "domestic affairs".

>From here we come to another question. Is it possible for
a United Nations presence in Iraq to take on a balancing
role as against US domination? An answer to this question
is also critical for the determination of a strategy of
struggle. It is clear that a political approach pushing the
United Nations (even in its current form) to the sidelines
is unacceptable.

The United Nations should be continued to be seen as an
area of struggle, should be used as a platform where
imperialist aggression is exposed, and the gains achieved
by this institution to this day should be guarded. However,
while all this is being done one should stay away from any
type of misperception. Today the United Nations holds no
meaning except to legitimize the occupation and coordinate
the pillage of the country by the imperialist powers. The
United Nations will play a mediating role for the entry of
other armed forces into Iraq, along with IMF delegations
(it is sufficiently explanatory that they were in the
building during the explosion) and multinational
monopolies. In the process of doing all of this, a
progressive role cannot be accredited to an organization of
which the General Secretary quotes: "we are not
responsible, the responsibility lies with the US".

Then what will happen? Will it not be possible to find a
realistic way out in Iraq?

Actually this question is not only valid for Iraq. From now
on the way out for any country and region faced with
imperialist intervention, is through the normalization of
the struggle, and not the intervention. The immediate
realization of this cannot be expected. However, it is as
clear as day that the US and other imperialist countries
can only be obstructed through a people's resistance with
specific ideological and political aims. What needs to be
propagated for the period ahead is this type of a mission
and if it is not seen as "realistic," the "realism" in the
expectation that a "democratic" type of exploitation in the
lands the US has settled in will be created should be

By Kemal Okuyan
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey
(appeared in "The Communist", weekly of TKP no:129)

Support to KESK
TKP Ankara district office attended the demonstration
together with the Syndicate of Public Labourers, KESK, on
the 23rd of August.

The demonstration was organized to protest the government's
attitude towards workers' organizations in mass contract
negotiations. As a result of the government's unacceptable
behavior, KESK was forced to abandon negotiations and to
show the power of workers in the streets.

The Communist Party of Turkey supported workers in the
negotiations and as a continuation of this support, TKP
participated in the meeting.

Although there were some attempts to hinder the
demonstrators, the meeting took place for several hours in
the center of Ankara successfully.

Women Laborers Discussing
TKP Yenimahalle district office organized a meeting for
working women on the 23rd of August in Yenimahalle, Ankara.
In the meeting, women from different industries discussed
their problems and searched for solutions. The emphasis was
put on the struggle for socialist power and the necessity
of organization.

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Istanbul / TURKEY
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