Iraq’s resistance stands up
Published Sep 6, 2010 10:37 PM
From the point of view of the U.S. government and the Pentagon, the U.S. has
begun to wind down its military occupation of Iraq, now in the middle of its
eighth year. But Washington intends to keep control of Iraq’s oil and
foreign policy with a string of military bases, a supersized embassy complete
with its own mercenary army, and a puppet government dependent on U.S.
military, economic and diplomatic backing.
In the meantime these seven-plus years of occupation have destroyed much of
Iraq, slaughtering its people and devastating its culture and its scientific
and technical leadership. The occupation has divided Iraq along ethnic and
sectarian fault lines as never before, and it left the city of Falluja poisoned
with cancer-producing substances.
That the U.S. invasion has brought much pain and suffering to Iraq is
indisputable. What is missing from the above picture, however, is one essential
thing: the indomitable determination of the Iraqi people and nation to regain
With U.S. troops leaving the country or staying safely within their
well-protected bases, elements apparently from the Iraqi resistance launched 34
attacks in 16 cities on Aug. 25. Some 31 of the 55 people killed were members
of the puppet police and security forces. It was clear that the Iraqi
resistance that had prevented the U.S. from a clean takeover of Iraq is still
around, still a force on the ground. More cities were hit at the same time than
had ever been hit before, with police headquarters, checkpoints and government
offices being the main targets.
Soon after the initial U.S.-British occupation in April 2003, George Bush
claimed “mission accomplished.” The fighting seemed over, but soon
this illusion became a nightmare. Former army officers and many others grouped
fighters around themselves who began to make life hell for the occupation army.
The vast majority of Iraqis would simply not submit to imperialist rule.
President Barack Obama, who was elected partly based on his promise to leave
Iraq, is on the verge of making a speech on Aug. 31 to the county explaining
the withdrawal. The early word on Obama’s speech is that the president
will avoid the triumphant tone that got Bush into trouble. But no amount of
intelligent words can cover up a policy of military aggression that has left
the U.S. with only enemies and ineffective puppets in Iraq.
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