Article from the Feb. 2005 issue of the Socialist
newspaper of the Socialist Party, Irish section of the CWI
Iraq - End the Occupation
Demonstrate on 19 March
The recent allocation of $80 billion by the US Congress brings their spending on the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan to $300 billion - half of their total spending on the Second World War and the Vietnam War.
- $300 billion spent on death
- 100,000 Iraqi deaths since the invasion.
- Only four hours a day electricity supply in Baghdad.
- Majority of Iraqis have no access to clean water or a proper sewage system.
- 60% unemployment.
- Strikes are banned in the public service.
- US planes are carrying out 3 - 4 bombing raids a day from their aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf.
by Feargal de Buiteleir
THE RECENT elections were an attempt to place a veneer of legitimacy over the continuing occupation of Iraq. Meanwhile, the harsh reality of life continues for ordinary Iraqis. These elections were a farce and the US and British administrations have no intention of handing over any real power.
Any Iraqi government formed from these elections will be a puppet of imperialism. The occupying troops are set to remain and the plunder of Iraq's wealth and mineral resources by private companies will continue.
Two years after the invasion of Iraq the country is still in crisis and the Iraqi people have had to pay a heavy price for their so-called "freedom".
Around the world young people and workers have been disgusted by the images that continue to flow out of Iraq. From the photographs of Abu Ghraib and the revelations of torture and sexual humiliation of prisoners by both US and British forces, to the slaughter of 3,000 civilians and the razing of the city of Fallujah.
Far from winning the peace imperialism is faced with an ever more difficult situation where resistance forces are estimated to have grown to over 200,000, outnumbering the occupying forces.
A member of the British Commons Defence Committee has said that "it will take 10 to 15 years at least before the troops can be withdrawn". It has also been reported that the US are creating Iraqi death squads, similar to the Contras in Nicaragua, to assist their dirty war against the Iraqi people.
On Saturday 19 March Socialist Youth will be taking part in the Dublin demonstration as part of a global day of protest against the occupation of Iraq and the Irish government's continuing complicity in it by allowing refuelling at Shannon airport. We will be raising not only opposition to imperialism but arguing that the only real alternative for the Iraqi people is socialism. Socialism means taking the wealth and power out of the hands of the big companies and multinationals in whose interests the war was conducted, and democratically planning the economy in the interests of ordinary people. Only on this basis can there be an end to wars for oil.
Saturday 19 March, @ 2pm
Parnell Square, Dublin