More Resistance in the Pipeline

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Whatever happened to 'the remnants'? In the early days of Iraq's occupation, as the neo-cons basked in the glory of their military conquest, 'remnants' was one of their favourite ways to disparage the embryonic resistance movement.

In the run up to the bogus 'handover of power' to the puppet Iraqi interim government, the level of popular opposition became clear. The coalition was forced into humiliating withdrawals from the sieges of Fallujah and Najaf - conceding the return of a Ba'athist general in the former, and the continued liberty of the Shia cleric Moqtada Al Sadr in the latter. In the week preceding 30 June the last functioning oil pipeline was shut down, and the resistance mounted devastating, coordinated assaults on police stations and government buildings. The vastly extended level of organisation and support suggested by these actions is confirmed by the leaked coalition poll that revealed that 92 percent of Iraqis considered the coalition 'occupiers' and only 2 percent 'liberators'.

UN resolutions will not salve this gaping wound of a policy. A policy proclaiming Iraqi self determination predicated on 138,000 US troops and almost as many private mercenaries; overseen by John Negroponte (of Central American death squad infamy) and his 3,000 'embassy' staff; spun through an appointed prime minister, Iyad Allawi, whose defence of taking CIA cash is that he has done so from 14 other intelligence agencies too.

The Iraqi people are continuing to oppose the occupation. We must continue to support them.