Iraq war

Resistance: The Heart of the Matter

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Manoeuvres at Labour Party conference showed contempt for democracy here and in Iraq.

For the third year in succession, Labour's annual conference has allowed Tony Blair to get away with it on Iraq. Voting down a resolution which called for an early date for British troops to withdraw, delegates refused to look reality in the face. Short term interests - the need for a united conference, especially on the day of the Hartlepool by-election and shortly before a projected general election next May - took precedence over long term Labour interests, let alone the interests of the Iraqi people.

The Great Gamble

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In a recent speech delivered in Porto Alegre, Chris Harman explains why the US is staking its imperial future on Iraq.

Iraq is creating an enormous crisis for US imperialism. The US is in a situation very similar to when it faced the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, in February 1968 - a situation in which most of the sectors of the US ruling class have decided they are in danger of losing, but from which they do not see any easy way to withdraw. It took seven more years after Tet for the US to get out of Vietnam. They lost two presidents, the army fell apart, and US imperialism suffered an immense crisis in terms of its ability to impose its will elsewhere in the world.

The Poor Do the Fighting

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Rose Gentle made this statement on 19 August, the day she and her daughter Maxine delivered a letter to Downing Street protesting the decision to send her son, Gordon, to war.

'My son died needlessly seven weeks ago. Since that day we have not received a single message from Tony Blair - then I decide to come to London and out of the blue I get this handwritten letter from him. This is an insult to Gordon, an insult to me and all the members of my family.

If he's such a compassionate man then why did it take him seven weeks to acknowledge that my son died fighting his dirty war? I intend to return this letter at the earliest opportunity.'

A Deadly Action Replay

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Events in Iraq today are familiar, argues Michael Paris, if we look at the country's past.

At dawn the bombers came. As the first RAF machines came in low over the hills surrounding the village of Rowanduz, the people left their homes and ran for the nearby hills, hoping to escape the "birds of death" by hiding among the gullies and caves. The village was partially destroyed in the raid, but two hours later, just as the villagers had returned to what was left of their homes, a second wave of bombers arrived and completed the destruction. Many of the houses had been completely destroyed, but all had suffered major damage, and several villagers had been killed or wounded.

End of Empire: Spectre of Defeat

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Will the Iraqis humble the mighty US empire? Alex Callinicos investigates.

Something extraordinary has happened in the past three years. On 11 September 2001, we are endlessly reminded, the greatest military power in history was fiercely attacked before the eyes of the world. Its rulers reacted to this grievous humiliation by declaring a global 'war on terrorism' and conquering two 'rogue states' - Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq: A Moving Demonstration for Peace

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In what must go down as one of the most moving and powerful statements ever to be heard at a Trafalgar Square protest, Stop the War Coalition treasurer Jane Challice read out a statement from the father of US contractor Nick Berg, the young man who was beheaded in Iraq recently.

Michael Berg's statement said, 'My son, Nick, was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know; no, the kindest, gentlest human being I have ever known... George Bush doesn't know my son, and he is the worse for it. George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn't have to bear the consequences of his acts...

Roll Out the Barrel

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Torture in Iraq echoes the brutal British record in Northern Ireland.

The events of the last few weeks in Iraq have been shameful, appalling and tragic, but are a complete vindication of the arguments put forward by those of us who thought the war could only lead to untold misery.

Ever since the crowds welcoming the 'forces of liberation' by tearing down statues quickly melted away (and they were always much smaller then the 'sexed up' pictures on the telly presented), it was clear that the occupiers were not being seen as liberators.

Collective Punishment: The Opium of the Occupier

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It was confirmed recently that US military commanders travelled to Israel In January this year to learn about urban warfare from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

A US general confirmed the visit had taken place in the US forces magazine Army. Discussing the visit with Reuters, Harvey Perritt, a spokesman for US training and command, said, 'There is a fair amount of military intellectual discussion that goes on between the US army and the IDF.'

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