Colonialism and Imperialist War Can Never Be Legitimized

June 15 , 2004

On June 8, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution, sponsored by the U.S. and Britain, which endorses U.S. plans to continue its occupation of Iraq under the cover of "partnership" with an "interim Iraqi government."

Out of one side of its mouth the Security Council resolution, claims that "full sovereignty" will be restored in Iraq on June 30. Yet, out of the other side of its mouth, the Security Council authorizes the U.S.-led multinational force, now at 160,000 troops, to take "all necessary measures" against "terrorism" which is defined as anything which interferes with the "timetable and program for the political process" dictated by the U.S.

This attempt by the U.S. government, with the help of the other big imperialist powers which dominate the Security Council, to claim that the "interim Iraqi government" will be sovereign is not only another Big Lie. It is an attempt to legalize colonialism and legitimize war against the Iraqi people.

The truth is:

- After June 30, 160,000 foreign troops, mostly U.S., will occupy Iraq and U.S. imperialism will continue to dictate the political, economic and other affairs of the country;

- The "new" interim government, like the Iraqi Governing Council before, has been handpicked by the U.S. According to Lakhdar Brahimi, the special U.N. envoy who helped the U.S. select the new government: "Mr. Bremer [head of the U.S. occupation authority] is the dictator of Iraq. He has the money. He has the signature. Nothing happens without his agreement in this country." Thus, the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, has been on the payroll of the CIA and the British intelligence agency MI6 for 30 years.

- In addition to picking the leaders, the U.S. will exercise complete control over the interim government through 110-160 U.S. "advisers" who will be appointed to 5-year terms in each and every ministry of the Iraqi government. The U.S. "advisers" will control governmental revenues and have the power to review and authorize all contracts and decisions; according to the Wall Street Journal (5/13/04), the Iraqi government will "be unable to make major decisions . . . Without tacit U.S. approval." The new government will not have the power to stop the privatization and U.S. take-over of the Iraqi economy or change the laws enacted by the U.S. occupation authorities. The real decision-making power will be in hands of the U.S. embassy which will employ more than 3,000 people and will be headed by U.S. ambassador John Negroponte.

Most importantly, U.S. and other foreign troops will continue to occupy the country and wage war against the Iraqi resistance movement. The Bush administration has repeatedly emphasized that at least 135,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq until 2006 and indefinitely thereafter until the "job is done." In addition, the Pentagon continues to build 14 permanent military bases throughout the country. As for the Iraqi military, which the U.S. will be training and equipping, it too will be under the command of the Pentagon. In the words, of Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the national security adviser of the interim government: "Iraqi security forces will be part of the command structure but on all military decisions, we will be consulted."

No, shuffling a few faces in the puppet Iraqi government does nothing to change the colonial character of the U.S. occupation. A Security Council resolution approved by other big imperialist powers does nothing to change the aggressive character of the war that the U.S. government continues to wage against the Iraqi people.

U.S. imperialism invaded Iraq, trampling the sovereignty of the country underfoot. U.S. imperialism has committed and continues to commit untold crimes against the people -- killing tens of thousands of Iraqis, destroying the economic and social infrastructure of the country, bombing civilian population centers, imprisoning and torturing people by the thousands, poisoning the country with nuclear radiation from its weapons of mass destruction, etc. Today, U.S. imperialism makes the law at gunpoint -- grabbing the oil wealth and industries of the country, deciding which Iraqis are free to publish newspapers, organize political parties, etc. And all along, U.S. imperialism has been bludgeoning and bribing other governments to endorse its aggression.

The fact that the U.S. government and the U.N. Security Council brazenly declare that this imperialist war and colonial occupation reflect "democracy" and the "sovereign" will of the Iraqi people reminds us just what kind of world imperialism is imposing on the peoples.

The peoples cannot afford to have any illusions. U.S. imperialism will remain on the warpath. By claiming to have restored "Iraqi sovereignty," the U.S. government and the Security Council have officially embraced doublespeak and are trying to legalize a "new world order" in which Might Makes Right and in which any people who fight for freedom and independence against U.S. dictate are considered "terrorists."

Only the peoples can defeat the war program of imperialism and defend their freedom and independence. In Iraq, the resistance to U.S. colonialism will continue to grow, just as throughout the world, peoples and countries are coming forward to create a worldwide front against war and imperialism.

The American people must fulfill their duty to humanity by stepping up our anti-war struggles. We must demand the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. We must fight against every aggressive step taken by the U.S. government against the Iraqi peoples and the peoples everywhere. We must strengthen our own independent political movement. We must aim at nothing less than bringing to power a new, anti-war and people's government which can withdrawal all U.S. troops stationed abroad and live in peace and friendship with all the peoples.