War in Iraq Continues

July 10, 2004

Although the U.S. claims it has "handed over power" to an Iraqi government, clearly nothing has changed.

The war against the Iraqi people continues with mounting death tolls and casualties for the people of Baghdad, Fallujah, and numerous other cities throughout the country. Missile strikes by U.S. warplanes have killed over nine people in Fallujah during the past two weeks. Gunbattles between U.S. soldiers and insurgents are commonplace in Baghdad while in Iraq's Anbar province, heavily armed U.S. soldiers supported by helicopter gunships, tanks and armored vehicles are carrying out deadly raids every day.

And the toll on U.S. forces reached a milestone on July 9, with the announcement that the number of U.S.-led coalition deaths in the war surpassed 1,000.

Resistance to the U.S. military occupation is also growing. In Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, insurgents have occupied police stations, blocked highways and launched daily attacks against U.S. soldiers and the U.S.-trained Iraqi puppet army and police.

On July 7, the Iraqi people got yet another lessons in U.S.-style "freedom and democracy," when the U.S.-installed puppet prime minister, Iyad Allawi, declared "emergency powers" and threatened to impose martial law. Under the new "Law for Defense of National Safety," Allawi will be able to close off entire towns and cities, impose curfews, restrict communications, and limit travel in and out of the country. Public demonstrations can be banned and arbitrary search and seizure sanctioned by law. All these repressive measures will be enforced, of course, by the U.S. military which continues to hold the gun to the head of the Iraqi people.

Meanwhile, both George Bush and John Kerry are promising to continue the U.S. occupation of Iraq and to "crush the violent insurgency."

George Bush repeatedly defends the occupation as part of the "war against international terrorism," vowing to keep U.S. troops in the country "as long as necessary" while also promising to get more international support. In June, he boasted that NATO participation in the war would help alleviate the U.S. burden.

In identical fashion, John Kerry, the Democratic Party candidate, has in numerous speeches called for expanding and prolonging the U.S. presence in Iraq. In April he said "It would be unthinkable for us to retreat in disarray and leave behind a society deep in strife and dominated by radicals." In recent months, he has been pushing hard for a U.S.-dominated multilateral military force, saying "If our commanders believe they need more American troops, they should say so and they should get them ... But more and more American soldiers cannot be the only solution ... The coalition should organize an expanded international security forces, preferably with NATO, but clearly under U.S. command" (Fulton, Missouri, April 30).

The plain truth is that U.S. imperialism will continue its war against Iraq until it is forced out of the country. The duty of the American people is to demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops and to support the struggle of the Iraqi people for genuine sovereignty.