New Pretext, Old War

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, December 8, 2014

On December 3, the U.S. hosted the first ministerial meeting of the so-called “Anti-ISIL Coalition” in Brussels.  Ministers from several countries met to discuss ways to defeat armed groups in Iraq and Syria that identify as “ISIL.”

According to a Ministerial Statement released after the conference, the fight against “ISIL” will not be limited to Iraq and it will “be measured most likely in years.” 

According to the “theory” of the bourgeoisie, there is no objective basis for the existence of armed groups in Iraq and none of these groups represent the interests of either the Iraqi exploiting classes on the one side or the laboring classes on the other. 

According to this fairy tale, the crisis in Iraq comes not from the U.S. war and occupation, but from the inherent "backwardness" of the Iraqi people who are “not yet ready” for American-style “democracy.”  

Instead of getting out of Iraq, the Obama administration is continuing the war, even while resorting to the morbid logic that “ISIL” or any organized force which opposes it can be treated as if it had state power and its members can be charged with “war crimes.”  This is nothing but a renewed attempt to criminalize the popular opposition in Iraq and legitimize U.S. aggression against the Iraqi people.

As in the past, the war in Iraq is a war between the people on the one side and U.S. imperialism and its lackeys on the other. The fact that today, “ISIL” and not “weapons inspections” are a pretext for denying the sovereignty of Iraq and instigating provocations does nothing to change the fact that U.S. imperialism has declared itself the judge, jury and executioner of the Iraqi people and is imposing its will through force of arms. 

The war against Iraq was and remains an aggressive, imperialist war – a war for oil and strategic territory, a war to recolonize Iraq and the Middle East.

In order to put an end to the U.S. war in Iraq the American people must step up our struggle to demand: U.S. Imperialism, Out of Iraq Now!