Barbaric Methods Reveal the Character of the War in Iraq

May 18, 2009

The Obama administration has blocked the release of photographs that reveal the barbaric methods of the U.S. occupying army in Iraq.  Obama and military officials admit that releasing the photographs to the public would provoke outrage.

Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union said that the more than 2,000 photos taken in connection with abuses of Iraqi prisoners between 2003 and 2006 show that "it is no longer tenable to blame abuses on a few bad apples.  These were policies set at the highest levels.   

The Obama administration is concealing information about torture in Iraq because torture has been a systematic part of U.S. imperialism's ongoing war and occupation.  A 2003 report released by the International Committee of the Red Cross said that tortures at Abu Ghraib prison were not "isolated acts of individual members of coalition forces," but part of "a pattern and a broad system."  

The U.S. military currently admits to holding 12,000 prisoners in Iraq.  Many are civilians, including large numbers of women and teenagers.  Thousands more are in prisons officially run by the Iraqi justice ministry.  

The torture of prisoners is only one example of the inhuman methods used by U.S. imperialism in its war against the Iraqi people.  It has repeatedly used warplanes, helicopter gunships, missiles and tanks against heavily populated civilian areas.  It has beseiged cities, denying water, electricity, food, medical care and other necessities to the people.  It has dropped 2,200 tons of depleted uranium shells on Iraq, poisoning the people and contaminating the country with nuclear radiation which will last for millions of years.  It relies on the method of collective reprisals, arresting entire families and retaliating against entire towns in an attempt to suppress any resistance to its occupation.

The methods used by U.S. imperialism in the war come from the very character of the war.  It is an aggressive, colonial war that is being waged by U.S. imperialism in order to plunder Iraq's wealth, enslave its people and use the country as a base for recolonizing the entire Middle East.  Thus, the Pentagon knows that its enemy is the people of Iraq and the Pentagon's methods aim at terrorizing the population in order to force them to submit to colonial rule.

The barbaric methods of the U.S. occupying army arouse the conscience of humanity which calls us to step up the struggle for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops from Iraq.