(fwd from John Paramo) From the Iraqi Communist Party (cadre)

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Mon Jul 28 09:14:28 MDT 2003


   [ John: you must have been unsubbed again by Lou with your mailbox
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   can at least post directly. Les ]



Appeal to Fraternal and Friendly Communist Parties
The Iraqi Communist Party (Cadre)  Translated by
Muhammad Abu Nasr
July 20, 2003


People of the resistance, wherever you may be found!
An appeal to Fraternal and Friendly Communist Parties
from the Iraqi Communist Party (Cadre).

Before everything else we wish to congratulate
ourselves and congratulate you on the activity of the
heroic Iraqi national resistance, and to convey the
news of an operation carried out Sunday morning in the
city of an-Nakhilah in the area of Karbala where 19
occupation troops and officers were killed and no
fewer than 40 wounded. We also want to bring you the
news of the heroic battle waged by the resistance
fighters on Thursday afternoon in the governorate of
Dayala where no fewer than 70 American officers and
men were killed. Four Iraqis were martyred in that
operation, their pure souls ascending like flames to
their Creator pleasing and well pleased, to take their
places with Him in the gardens of paradise.

The Americans have been deceived by their own power.
They madly rampage about attacking, threatening, and
laying down conditions that contravene international
political law. They have scoffed at and obliterated
both divine and positivist legality and have set their
soldiers as individuals standing above laws and
customs to ravage and wreck with nothing to restrain
them and no one to bring them to judgment before local
or international justice.

But the cradle of civilization, legislation, and
morality - the pure Land of the Two Rivers - has today
risen anew to fulfill the role that its glorious
Creator intended for it, and that is to make the
occupiers taste woe, to cause them to wail like the
sands blowing through the Baghdad streets. The Land of
the Two Rivers will without fail send them back to
their homes in coffins or with their defeated tails
between their legs. It will thereby announce to the
world the beginning of the end of American arrogance.
It will proclaim America's retreat - humbled,
humiliated, and covered with wounds - so that it may
never return to its haughtiness again.

If our noble Iraqi people appear to harbor feelings of
hatred for America, this is not a hatred of the great
American people, but only for American militarism and
the band of tyrants who carry out the orders of the
Anglo-Zionist right-wing lobby which has even begun to
curtail the freedom of the American people themselves.
For today it is sending them to die in defense of its
monopolist interests and in defense of its rabid
policeman - Israel.

Comrades!

In the midst of the deepening struggle of humanity
against oppression, indeed as the oppression of the
peoples by world monopoly intensifies, and on the
basis of the human dream of achieving justice and
equality among people, our Communist movement arose as
one of those breakthrough torrents that history has a
way of coming up with in times when oppression and
enslavement are mounting and when there is no hope
except for total, radical change.

Although it was preceded in this struggle for justice,
peace, and freedom by Islam, Christianity,
Zoroastrianism, Mandaeanism, and the doctrines of Mt.
Sinai, the Communist Movement has its own specific
character. That is, it arose on the basis of the great
legacy of human development, as has been most clearly
seen in the prodigious upsurge in science; the
acceleration of communications; the emergence of
country and national borders between states; the
prodigal concentration of capital with its rampant
expansion for profit and its complete alignment with
religion and on the side of monopoly against the
people who are oppressed. Our philosophy became aware
of the bases and reasons for exploitation and aligned
itself totally with the oppressed, taking into account
the fact that if those oppressed people came to power,
that event would end the age of exploitation and
replace it with fraternity, peace, and justice among
the peoples. Based on this consideration, our movement
has been one of the fiercest and most vehement
opponents of the occupation of other people's
territory and of colonialism, whether those took place
peacefully or by means of war: for occupation is the
most intense form of national, ethnic, and class
oppression all together.

It would not be superfluous to mention that the world
Communist Movement has made great contributions to the
liberation struggle of the peoples. The experience of
Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, and Viet Nam bear witness to
this. The experience of the Lebanese Communist Party
during the Zionist rape of their country also bears
witness to this, as the Communists raised the mighty
slogan "To arms!" and fell as martyrs and in martyrdom
bombings just as did their comrades in Hizb Allah and
the rest of the Lebanese Patriotic Movement. If at
times the Communist Movement has suffered reversals,
these can serve as lessons for us on how to deal with
mistakes and review our practice.

Neither is it superfluous to mention that the Iraqi
Patriotic Movement, and within that our Iraqi
Communist Party, have given martyrs to the cause of
liberation.

Our slogan, as Iraqi Communists, is "A free homeland
and a happy people." Based on that, our position
regarding the freedom, sovereignty, and independence
of the homeland is of the utmost sensitivity and
importance - so much so that even our philosophical
convictions themselves must give up pride of place to
them. This outlook was what led our Party's founder,
our Comrade forever, Fahd, to say, "I am a patriot
before I am a Communist." In accordance with this, the
defense of national sovereignty is a principle that
demands and compels us by our very nature to fight the
occupier wherever he might come from. We must use
every means to fight the occupier, and we must fight
in alliance with patriotic Iraqi forces, whatever way
of thinking they follow. Also in accordance with this
principle, in times when our country falls under
occupation or attack by an enemy, there is no room for
what are called "tactics" or "accepting the status
quo" or "reckoning with the facts of power and
weakness" if these are not aimed at the basic goal of
defense of the homeland. During the 1967 Zionist war
of aggression, Iraqi Communists set aside their
hostility to 'Abd ar-Rahman 'Arif and made an appeal
from their prison cells - where some were on death
row, while others were serving out long-term or life
sentences. Those Communists set aside such matters and
appealed to be released to take part in the fighting
against the Zionist enemy, either on the front lines
as regular soldiers or in guerrilla resistance
outfits. They pledged to return voluntarily to prison
after the enemy was driven off, and they offered the
Iraqi government the right to chose whatever
guarantees it wanted, including letting some of their
members serve as hostages.

But today, oblivious to the time and to the
consciousness of free people, the Communist Movement
in Iraq has been deceived. It has suffered a reversal
more intensely painful and more violent in its effects
than the acceptance of the resolution to partition
Palestine at the end of the 1940s.

The reversal today is the result of two full decades
of retreats and backtracking led by the former
Secretary Mr. Aziz Muhammad, accompanied by the
financial and propaganda officer of the Party at that
time, Mr. Fakhri Karim.

At the end of the 1970s Fakhri was subjected to a
Party tribunal after it was disclosed that he had a
relationship with agencies of the regime. His Party
membership was suspended. But on the basis of an
individual order from Aziz Muhammad, Fakhri was
elevated to membership in the Political Bureau and put
in charge of the Party's finance, propaganda, and
security apparatus. That is to say, in practice he was
given keys to all decision-making in the Party. Since
that time and on the pretext of the military situation
in which the Party found itself, the democratic part
of the principle of "democratic centralism" has been
canceled. This has meant the mechanical implementation
of orders, particularly since Fakhri held control of
the comrades' livelihood in his hands. The best of the
Party militants were sent into exile, as were the
oldest Party members and thinkers. The Party Congress
held in 1984 politically undermined the Party. The
Party's top concern then became the finding of an ally
that would fight on its behalf. The ideological
undermining of the party resulted in its becoming a
mouthpiece for the chauvinist tendency within the
Kurdish movement, while organizationally the
undermined Party became an army of informers serving
Fakhri, who spied on his comrades, searching out ways
to bring them down should they try to expose him. A
whole new discipline outside the bounds of normal
organizational behavior emerged, namely the discipline
of bringing people down. Fakhri used this, naturally,
to divert attention from his own degeneration. In
addition he usurped control over the Party's supplies
and over its propaganda institutions. He registered
them as his personal property and he entered the world
of wheeling and dealing. The inevitable result of all
this was that he would ally himself with America, that
he would find in America the best possible protector
of his commercial interests. He therefore visited
Washington in 1991 and gave them a down payment in the
form of a statement he made on Voice of America in
which he demanded that Bush intensify the embargo
against the Iraqi people. By enticement and threat he
attracted a group of Iraqi Communist Party writers and
journalists to cooperate with the American Central
Intelligence Agency to put out a newspaper called
"Sawt al-Kuwayt ad-Dawli" or "The International Voice
of Kuwait".

This newspaper, edited by Communists, was one of the
most important clarions calling for the mobilization
of the 30-nation aggression against Iraq.
Specifically, it was the first to publish the
theatrical report about the young girl Nuwayra under
the headline "Iraqis steal infant incubators from
Kuwait". As the battles raged, this newspaper, which
was edited by Iraqi Communists, printed stories under
giant masochistic headlines like "Coalition forces
demolish Baghdad" and "Allied aircraft exterminate
Iraqi military formation near Basra." Even the Kuwaiti
government with all its systematic hostility to Iraq
could not bear the extreme vulgarity of such a paper.
It came to regard the money allocated to it as a waste
of public funds and finally shut it down. Thus in 1993
its editors began directly to work for the Central
Intelligence Agency, becoming experts at bringing down
people within the Party and the Iraqi and Arab
patriotic movements. They set about publicizing the
plan to occupy the country under the slogan
"liberation of Iraq." America announced some of their
names, and an Iraqi lawyer living in exile lauded
them. The writings of those editors are archived and
available for reference to anyone seeking proof of
their vociferous revolt against their own identities
and customs.

By agreement with Fakhri, the renegade Hamid Majid
ascended to the leadership of the Party, which plunged
headlong into open activity with America against the
Iraqi people. The Party newspaper "Tariq ash-Sha'b"
published an article in July 2002 that reported that
the Deputy Consul in the American Embassy in Damascus
visited the offices of the Iraqi Communist Party in
Syria and discussed recent developments with Party
representatives. The Party's internal publication,
"Munadil al-Hizb" reported on a special meeting of the
Party Central Committee to study how the Party would
take part in the coming events, which some Party
spokesmen termed "the liberation of Iraq." During the
invasion battles, the Party openly acknowledged that
it had fighters on the front lines together with the
"Coalition Forces." In the last decade, the Party took
upon itself the task of preparatory propaganda for
what the Anglo-Zionists termed preventive air strikes
on military targets during the period of the embargo.
Hamid Majid himself entered Iraq via Kuwait together
with the American Army. Last but not least, he has
joined the Council of Opportunists which was declared
and whose members were appointed by the American
Military Governor of Iraq. The first decree of this
Council was to declare the date of Baghdad's
occupation to be a national holiday. In addition, in
order to secure his admission to this Council of
Opportunists, Hamid Majid agreed to the conditions
imposed on him by the Military Governor, among the
most important of which are:


That Hamid Majid must not represent the Communist
Party but the Shi'ite confessional community.
That the Communist Party should reformulate its
program and internal rules so as to take out from them
and from the Party's publications, all references to
"colonialism", "imperialism", "national independence",
"defense of the homeland", and any concept that is
related to these terms. In addition, Bremer must be
referred to as "Mr. Bremer" and the occupation
authorities must be referred to as the "Government of
the Coalition".
The Iraqi Communist Party must cooperate with the
American Army against Islamist and other "saboteurs"
who are now bearing arms against the occupation. The
Party must immediately inform on any suspects, and it
must actively participate in maintaining security.
No members of the Communist Party must carry any
weapons unless licensed to do so by the government.
The Party must focus its celebrations on such
occasions as the 9th of April, New Year's Day,
Christmas, American Independence Day, the anniversary
of the foundation of the Iraqi Communist Party, and
Nawruz.
The Party must work determinedly to reduce extremism
among Shi'ite Muslims - the Sadr and al-Khalis Groups
- while on the other hand working to strengthen the
currents of Baqir al-Hakim and Bahr al-'Ulum.
Obviously, the implementation of these conditions
means in practice the total elimination of the role of
the Iraqi Communist Party in the political arena, on
the one hand; and, on the other hand it will lead to
transforming the mass membership of the Iraqi
Communist Party into informers, collaborators with the
enemy of Iraq, the enemy of the peoples, and of
humanity - the Anglo-Zionist right-wing. The hands of
this right-wing are stained with the blood of patriots
from every part of the world. It is they who brought
about the defeat of the glorious 14 July 1958
Revolution, and the defeat of the glorious 3 July
Revolution. Indeed it is this right-wing itself that
pushed and organized and is ultimately responsible for
the bloodshed and loss of life associated with Baath
Party coups of 8 February 1963 and 17 July 1968. In
February 1963 alone 105,000 honorable Iraqis fell as
martyrs at the hands of the putschists. After the
Baathist leader, 'Ali Salih as-Sa'di, and the man who
planned and arranged a Baathist coup against the
government of 'Abd al-Karim Qasim had been arrested,
the American Central Intelligence Agency took over
direction of the putschists, making use of a radio
transmitter in Amman, Jordan. According to the account
given by Mr. Hanna Batatu [in his book "The Old Social
Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq", pp.
985-986.] this radio station broadcast the names and
addresses of Communists together with their secret
hideouts enabling the putschists and agents of the
Nationalist Guard to execute them on the spot or to
arrest them and torture them to death.
The February 1963 coup was not its only bloody act.
The American Central Intelligence Agency planned the
murder of a million martyrs in Indonesia and of more
than a million in Viet Nam in open genocide or in the
course of what even enemies of the Left have called a
"dirty war." This is to say nothing about the
massacres in Chile, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and the
30-nation aggression against Iraq, the depleted
uranium. And now our country is under occupation in
contravention of international legal resolutions.

Comrades!

Our heroic Iraqi people and their courageous
resistance fighters are up to the task of expelling
the occupation. But we appeal to you for your
solidarity with and support for the Iraqi people, not
simply because our cause is just, nor merely as a
matter of principle, but so that you may take part in
this great event - the fall of America, enemy of the
peoples - the initiation of which has been laid upon
the Iraqi people who yearn for your support.

The crime that the renegade Hamid Majid has committed
against the Party and Iraq is unpardonable. It
inflicts damage on the entire Communist movement in
Iraq and the Arab Homeland, and on you as well.
Neither self-criticism nor apology will do any good in
this case. The Party Rules have rejected this behavior
in legitimate organizational ways, yet he and his gang
have persisted in their behavior in spite of the
Party's internal system. Therefore we, the mass
members of the Iraqi Communist Party and its base,
declare as follows:


The renegade Hamid Majid, by collaborating with the
American Administration prior to the occupation and by
joining one of its institutions after the occupation,
has committed the crime of high treason against the
nation. In his activities he does not represent the
Iraqi Communist Party nor Iraqi patriots.
The Iraqi Communist Party stands with the sons and
daughters of their people against the occupation and
is committed to the armed resistance and supports it
regardless of which ideological currents are involved.
The first and basic aim now is the expulsion of the
occupiers from Iraq.
Shame and disgrace upon those who incited the invaders
to attack his homeland!

Glory to the heroic Iraqi people!

Eternal glory to the July Revolution and its great
leader 'Abd al-Karim Qasim!

No to the government of "prize horses"! No to the
Council of Opportunists! No to any international
forces on the soil of Iraq!

May the hands of the courageous fighters be protected!

The Iraqi Communist Party (Cadre)
20 July 2003.






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