Colonization of Iraq Means War

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, August 23, 2010

As the Obama administration and monopoly controlled media are advertising the so-called "end of combat operations," U.S. imperialism is unfolding its economic program for Iraq.

At a State Department briefing on August 17, retiring U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, underscored that the U.S. wants to see an "oil law" passed in Iraq which would open up the state owned industry to private investment. He emphasized that private investment “is already there" and that the State Department has been finding other ways to further "stimulate investment." Already, major oilfield development contracts have been awarded to foreign oil companies including Shell and BP. Securing the passage of laws allowing the privatization of Iraq's state owned enterprises through an Iraqi "Council of Representatives" is part of the U.S. program of "legitimizing" the plunder of Iraq's resources and the elimination of any and every barrier to U.S. capitalist penetration and domination in Iraq.

Since occupying the country, the U.S. military – although it has not found any "weapons of mass destruction" – has been quick to see that Iraq's economic infrastructure is turned over to American capitalists. Already, U.S. companies have grabbed contracts worth billions of dollars. In addition, the governing administrators of Iraq have been selling-off state-owned enterprises (before the war virtually all Iraqi companies were state owned and from 1991-2003 there was no foreign ownership). There are already 10 major state-owned enterprises that have been partially privatized. According to Iraq's Industry Minister Fawzi Hariri, "These are joint venture agreements based on production sharing, which means that the investor will come to take charge of the whole facility, manage it, invest in it, develop it, and we will share the end product for a period of time." In addition, local Iraqi banks are being sold-off to foreign banks. In short, U.S. imperialism is using its military power to rob the wealth of Iraq and turn the country into a U.S. colony – owned by the U.S. capitalists and run by the U.S. military.

In order to impose the so-called "free market" system in Iraq the U.S. is relying on the program of "Might Makes Right." While the U.S. finds it useful to fabricate the fiction of formal Iraqi independence, the fact is that not only is the economic lifeline of Iraq being turned over to foreign capitalists, but the U.S. State Department and Pentagon also retain control of the political and military life of the country. On the one hand, the U.S. is seeking "legitimacy" by propping up a "native" Iraqi regime in order to carry out its exploitation of the people through an alliance with the internal exploiting classes. On the other hand, the Pentagon has worked to set up a local army in Iraq, which is integrated into the command structure of the Pentagon and trained to carry on joint operations with U.S. troops using the pretext of the "war on terrorism." In order to carry out this program, the U.S. has deployed its military to Iraq and occupies the country with some 50,000 U.S. troops.

Thus, U.S. imperialism's entire program in Iraq is a program of domination and war. Already, this aggressive, colonial war has killed hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq. Those in Iraq who resist the dictates of imperialism or rise in defense of national independence and economic sovereignty remain the target of U.S. aggression. After more than seven years, U.S. imperialism maintains its savage military occupation and continues its war against the people and it will continue on the path of war and robbery until it is forced out – lock, stock, and barrel – by the Iraqi resistance.

But the Iraqi resistance, regardless of what twists or turns it may face, will force it out. It will teach the U.S. imperialists that neither the guns nor the lies of the colonialists can conquer the peoples. The stand of the American people is to support Iraq's independence and sovereignty by demanding nothing less than the immediate and total withdrawal of all U.S. troops.

U.S. Troops Out Of Iraq, Now!