The Post-Invasion Misfortune of the Iraqi People Worsens With Every Day That Passes
February 23, 2015
According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and Department of Defense announcements, Iraqi military generals will deploy between 20,000-25,000 Iraqi soldiers in coming months to hunt down some 1,000-2,000 “criminals” allegedly hiding out in Mosul, Iraq. U.S. government officials and many media outlets have accused the men and boys of murder but none have been indicted.
Although U.S. military rule was supposed to have left intact pre-war guarantees for the right to a trial, neither the Department of Defense nor CENTCOM have objected to the continued use of Iraqi troops as mass executioners.
The U.S.-installed political system in Iraq is a barbaric system which does not even recognize the right of the Iraqi people to defend themselves or plea for a merciful sentence in a court of law. Nor is the U.S. Department of Defense hiding the premier role of the U.S. military. As in the past, CENTCOM will be directly involved in Iraqi operations.
The U.S. government invaded Iraq in order to colonize it – to subjugate the country, rob its wealth and exploit its people. Over the last several years, the U.S. monopoly capitalist class has spent billions of dollars to vilify the national liberation movement of the Iraqi people, but the saturation of the monopoly media with racist and chauvinist propaganda has done nothing to lend “more credibility” to the war and occupation of Iraq.
Even as the CENTCOM army keeps killing the Iraqi people, carrying out mass reprisals, etc., the multinational corporations are being given a free hand to take over the Iraqi economy and enrich themselves. And all the while, the Iraqi people remain deprived of the most elemental rights all along the line – their political parties and organizations are outlawed by the occupiers, their patriotic daughters and sons are hunted and killed, their economic and social infrastructure, including even such basic necessities as water and sewage systems, remain destroyed, etc. etc.
The recognition of the sovereignty of nations and the equality of the peoples is a verdict written with the blood and struggle of hundreds of millions of people in the colonial countries. The end to U.S. colonial domination of Iraq too, is a practical problem taken up for solution and it will be brought about when all the imperialist powers are forced out of Iraq and the inalienable right of the Iraqi people to self-determination and sovereignty is recognized.