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Volume 2, Number 50 January 26 - February 1, 2003 Quezon City, Philippines
Voice Against US Imperialist War
By the Forum Against Imperialist Globalisation (FAIG)
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people’s organisations that came to be known as Forum against Imperialist
Globalisation (FAIG) call on the people of India to resist the attempts of the
US to wage an unjust war against Iraq, which poses a grave threat to the people
of the world. We believe that all countries have the right to determine their
own destiny, free from military coercion by imperialist powers. All
the false reasons - pre-emption, regime change, links with Al Qaeda, having the
stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction - given by the Anglo-American
imperialists to declare a war on Iraq have been thoroughly exposed as mere
arm-twisting tactics to militarily subjugate not only Iraq but also every
country in the world.
by the greed for oil, the US used the pretext of September 11 attacks to conquer
Afghanistan through a war of aggression. The conquest has enabled the US
imperialists to acquire control over the sources of oil in the Caspian Sea and
Central Asia and supply route to the Indian Ocean through Afghanistan and
Pakistan. The world is now again on the brink of a new round of full-scale US
aggression against Iraq. The aim of the US imperialists is to take direct
control over the oil resources of Iraq and to further tighten their control over
the Middle East and further humiliate the Palestinians and Arab peoples. The US
has been militarily suppressing the Palestinians through Israel.
Resolution 1441 is an Excuse
the name of a UN project of disarmament of Iraq, the Anglo-American imperialists
have been trying to coerce other countries to join them in the invasion of Iraq.
The US wanted to use the resolution only as an excuse to invade Iraq. Iraq had
no choice; it had to accept the Resolution 1441. But in accepting, it indeed
drew attention of the world to the real purpose of the UK and USA in
unilaterally imposing the resolution while the people in all corners of the
globe want to prevent an invasion. Iraq should have insisted on excluding
American and British inspectors because they could be used to plant evidence as
Iraq did not have control over the vast areas in the no-fly zones illegally
enforced by USA and UK. The arms inspections are still continuing even while US
war preparations have virtually reached the final stage.
purpose is to Conquest
fact the US invasion of Iraq has never ended since it began in 1990. It appears
more inevitable than ever that the US and a few allies will broaden the assault
on Iraq that has had begun 12 years ago and has continued unabated since then
(as of Dec. 16, the US and Britain have bombed Iraq 61 times in 2002 alone). The
ostensible reason involves the belief that Iraq may be in possession of weapons
of mass destruction (WMD). In addition, it is in violation of UN Security
Council resolutions and uses torture as a tactic of control. Finally, as we are
endlessly reminded, Saddam Hussein gassed "his own people," the Kurds.
But these accusations cannot justify a war of aggression on Iraq.
Reason for Launching a Worst War
a staunch US ally and a fellow NATO member, is also in violation of UN
resolutions (353 and 354: calling for its withdrawal from Northern Cyprus), has
a long record of torture, and has oppressed and slaughtered its "own
people," the long-suffering Kurds. There's another Mideast nation ignoring
UN resolutions, oppressing and torturing its ethnic minority, that not only
possesses WMD, but has even threatened to use them: Israel. Pakistan, India,
North Korea, and South Africa all possess WMD and have histories of using
torture as a tactic of control. As for oppressing and killing "their own
people," the blacks killed by the white government in South Africa were as
much de Klerk's people as the Kurds are Hussein's. Putin also kills his ‘own
people’ in Chechnya. Still the US warmongers maintain that Iraq is the sole
violator of peace in the world!
US talks of Occupation
guns and bombs of the U.S. are intended to reshape power and politics in the
Persian Gulf. This is openly stated by Washington: They swear there will be
"regime change" in Iraq. The U.S. warmongers plan to install new
rulers in Baghdad at gunpoint – to raise new forces to power, impose new
policies on the economy to control production especially of oil, and decide the
direction of Iraqi society and the surrounding region. Those preparing the
conquest of Iraq now call it "the liberation of Iraq." Though, today
the Bush administration has openly floated the idea of imposing U.S. General
Tommy Franks as the new colonial governor of a conquered Iraq, the U.S.
imperialists have also gathered some loyal servants and are trying to form them
into a supposedly "independent" pro-U.S. government -- as they have
done in Afghanistan with Karzai. After a war, the U.S. may put in
"aid" -- but such aid has repeatedly proved to be a mere subsidy
aiding U.S. corporate and military penetration. It means that the
self-determination of the people is thwarted and suppressed, their democratic
movements are targeted, their interests and highest aspirations denied. The area
could become a base for the U.S. to administer its plans for that whole region
-- a base for troops, for intrigues, for new threats against the Palestinian
people and neighbouring countries like Iran. The stability the U.S. says they'll
impose is the stability of their order and their domination.
Rise to Stop the Huge Destruction by the US War Machinery
the impending war, the US war machine has more sharp teeth and will use more
excessive force than it used in the 1992 Gulf War resulting in wanton
destruction of infrastructure and horrendous civilian casualties.
Thousands of innocent people in Iraq will be killed unless we fight to stop
Bush's war. Everyone knows that waves of heavy attacks may come soon--targeting
military sites, government ministries and palaces, and electrical facilities,
while also hitting neighbourhoods, shelters, and many ordinary people.
with Iraq and Palestine
the fighting people of India resolve to stand in solidarity with the people of
Iraq and Palestine, recognizing that war and aggression against Iraq is but part
of a US project of global domination and
Back American Imperialism
US has been bullying every third world country in the economic sphere in the
name of globalisation and in the political sphere in the name of protecting
democracy and human rights and in the military sphere in the name of fighting
international terrorism. But we should realise that the American imperialists
can easily do this as the rulers in the oppressed countries like ours obey their
orders most obediently and act as their stooges. In our country the US has been
secretly conducting military intelligence gathering and training in a
clandestine way and is operating its FBI from our capital not only to study and
prepare itself to suppress the popular upsurge against globalisation policies in
our country but mainly to suppress the Nepalese anti-feudal movement against the
Regency to transform their country into a democratic one. We call upon the
people of different countries to fiercely fight their governments that allow U.S
military bases on their territory to close them down, and not to provide air,
naval, or land facilities to aid the US war.
FAIG organizations declare our total opposition to war on Iraq and our resolve
to continue the struggle against U.S. policies of military aggression for global
domination as part and parcel of our fight against imperialist globalisation. It
is urgent that the anti-war movement in India should gather momentum. Our
solidarity with Iraq and Palestine is integral to the internationalist struggle
against imperialist globalization.
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