More Airstrikes Against Fallujah:

U.S. Keeps Escalating War

September 13, 2004

During the past week, U.S. airstrikes against the Iraqi city of Fallujah have killed and wounded dozens of people, including many civilians.

The airstrikes continued for several consecutive days. According to numerous reports, whole houses have been destroyed in many areas, leaving nothing but holes in the ground. Bombs and missiles from U.S. warplanes have targeted crowded areas in scores of daytime and nighttime raids. Residents with flashlights and shovels search for victims in the rubble, while Arab television shows bloodied children laying in streets and on hospital beds. There are major shortages of medical supplies for hospitals throughout the area, and the humanitarian situation is reported to be deteriorating fast.

In addition to the renewed bombing of Fallujah, the U.S. has also been carrying out numerous airstrikes against other Iraqi cities, such as in the northern town of Tal Afar where scores of people have recently been killed or wounded.

According to U.S. generals, these bombing raids are part of a new "show of force" strategy designed to "pacify" Iraqi cities in which the U.S. has no control. U.S. generals are openly talking about "levelling" Iraqi cities as the only way to assert U.S. control.

Pentagon officials admit that in cities such as Fallujah, Samarra, Ramadi, and elsewhere, the U.S. army is afraid to enter and remains in fortified garrisons outside the city limits. Attempts to establish U.S.-trained Iraqi armies inside the cities have failed miserably. In Fallujah, for example, a U.S.-trained Iraqi battalion set up months ago was forced to flee the city after many of its leaders were arrested and shot by popular forces. During the month of August, 2,700 armed attacks were carried out against U.S. forces and last week the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq reached 1,000. (It is estimated that as many as 50,000 Iraqis have been killed).

The attacks against Fallujah and Tal Afar again reveal the desperate

U. S. military strategy in Iraq. It is a Hitlerite strategy of terror and deliberate targeting of civilian populations. These barbaric methods come from the very character of the war as an aggressive, colonial war. U.S. imperialism launched its war against Iraq in order to plunder its wealth, enslave its people and use the country as a base for recolonizing the entire Middle East. Thus, the Pentagon knows that its enemy is the people of Iraq and the Pentagon's methods aim at terrorizing the population in order to force them to submit to colonial rule.

And as it did in Vietnam and elsewhere, U.S. imperialism is reacting to its growing isolation at the hands of the popular Iraqi insurgency by escalating its aggressive war. Last week, Senator McClain said that the Pentagon must be prepared to continue the war against Iraq for "10 or 20 years."

The American people must have no illusions. U.S. imperialism is going to continue and escalate its aggressive war against Iraq.

Only the struggles of the peoples can stop the war. We must further extent and organize our anti-war movement until U.S. imperialism is forced out of Iraq, lock, stock and barrel!