[Marxism] Re: Marxism Digest, Vol 22, Issue 53

Nick Halliday halliday.nick at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 22:07:54 MDT 2005

It's misleading, downright misleading, to have discussions about Iraq
using the assumptions that CentCom and White House feed the captive
media--including Juan Cole, whose expertise is NOT modern Iraq. Fred
Feldman, take note.

The US and its occupation have used all means available to drive a
wedge between the Sunni-Shia Resistance, but there is still one
Resistance, and it resists: occupation, artificial 'federalism',
centrifugal collaboration with the occupiers.

The US government is not concerned that the occupation is 'not going
well' or 'not going to plan'. Because its occupation is going to plan.
The plans always were permanent occupation and, if Iraq couldn't be
'pacified' with the shock and awe of overwhelming deadly force,
efforts would be made to break up Iraq so the US could stay
permanently in a country divided. Another protection racket that the
national security state profiteers will be paid for with Basran oil
and Kurdish pipelines. There was no serious intention to rebuild Iraq
or to turn it into a democracy (with what model anyway, Israel?).
Meanwhile the US federal government's ongoing efforts to counter
'terrorism' while occupying Iraq and Afghanistan justify ever larger
amounts of federal money being sent to the contractors who 'rebuild'
Iraq and Afghanistan. Look for troop increases, also, while the
rhetoric talks of 'build down'. The reality of the military and
security arms of the federal government not only determining foreign
policy but subsuming the entire US federal government is almost
COMPLETE. And as Americans lose even more of their largely exaggerated
freedoms, the Iraqis lose their lives.

Good reading, written at a level even some marxmailers can comprehend:


US control lurks behind the Iraq constitution row

The US still has its finger on the trigger — an Iraqi army recruit is
trained by a US soldier
by Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation

The whole saga of the Iraqi constitution, where any agreement on a
draft was delayed until Monday of next week, is indicative of the
situation in Iraq under the US occupation.

There have been calls from some of the religious parties in the
government for Iraq to be divided along sectarian and ethnic lines.

The US-led occupation is fuelling these calls, which are also made by
people in the Kurdish north.

Political groups in the south are talking about the redistribution of
the country's oil wealth along sectarian lines.

But the Iraqi people reject these calls. They are fed up with the US
occupation. Resistance — both military and political — is on the

There is a lack of security, there are killings every day and crime
rates are very high. The Iraqi people see no future and everything is
in a mess.

The US is launching military campaigns in major cities such as
Haditha. An uprising is taking place in southern Iraq where people are
complaining about their living conditions.

In Samawah there have been massive demonstrations opposing the
occupation, and the lack of security and amenities such as water. The
group supporting the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has played a
crucial part in these protests.

The US is unpopular and people want occupation troops to leave. If
they don't, Iraq will be up in arms.

Iraqi people don't feel that the initiatives of the US — the new
government, the elections and now the constitution—are reflective of
their desire for genuine independence.

They don't buy Tony Blair or George Bush's propaganda that these are
huge achievements for democracy. Iraqis see the situation gets worse
every day.

The constitution is based on the guidelines that former US proconsul
Paul Bremer laid down. It is clear that the US authorities still have

The people who were elected to the Iraqi assembly in January have
spent 40 days discussing their allowances, and over three months
discussing the formation of a government. They have not spent a single
hour discussing the plight of the Iraqi people.

Lots of Iraqi people participated in the January elections because
they were hungry for freedom and democracy. But they realise the US
won't liberate them and they want the US to withdraw.

The government they elected is not able to do anything. It is
handicapped because full control is still in the hands of the US.

Some US decision-makers are using the threat of partition as a stick
to beat the Iraqis with—"If you don't stop resisting, we will
partition your country."

The Iraqi people do not want this. An excellent demonstration of this
occurred in Ramadi on Sunday of last week.

A fundamentalist group said that Shia Muslims should leave the town.
But then Sunni Muslims came and fought the fundamentalist group so
that the Shia could stay.

Attempts to divide people are being rejected by Iraqis. Divisions will
make it difficult for Iraqis to achieve freedom. Unity is paramount.

No matter how they stitch it up, the constitution is the result of a
US diktat. The way things are going people could reject it at a
planned referendum in October.

People realise you cannot write a proper constitution when your land
is controlled by imperialism.

NH on holiday somewhere on the Indian ocean

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