During the weekend of March 18-20 (marking the second anniversary of the start of the U.S. war against Iraq), hundreds of thousands of people will join in organizing anti-war demonstrations, meetings and other actions.

The Workers Party calls on all democratic-minded people to participate in these activities on the basis of unity in action against the government's war program. We demand nothing less than the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops from Iraq and restoration of the sovereign rights of the Iraqi nation.

Over the last two years, tens of millions of Americans have already come out in public opposition to the aggressive war in Iraq and the entire so-called "war against terrorism." This movement has created a new pole of opposition to the government's war program and is already providing support and inspiration to the Iraqi people and people everywhere who are struggling against U.S. imperialist intervention and aggression.

But this is not enough. The government and the entire official political apparatus of our country (including the Republican and Democratic parties) has simply spit in the face of the people, ignoring our demand for peace and working to repress and marginalize the anti-war movement.

In fact, the government keeps both escalating its aggression in Iraq as well as spreading its intervention and aggression to more countries. Right now, the government is preparing a long term occupation of Iraq, insisting U.S. troops will remain there for many years. A new military offensive, like the unspeakable attacks on Falluja, is being prepared against Ramadi.

At the same time, the U.S. government is stepping up its pressure and intervention against scores of countries. The Bush administration openly calls for military action against Iran and Syria and is already engaged in aerial reconnaissance and on-the-ground military operations inside Iran. The Palestinian resistance struggle is under sharp attack from the U.S.-Israeli aggressors. The U.S. government has stepped up its propaganda war against Venezuela in an attempt to isolate the country and prepare aggressive military actions against it. New plots and pressures are being applied against North Korea. More U.S. troops are being sent to support counter-insurgency operations in the Philippines. The list goes on.

The people must rise to the challenge. In the course of organizing mass actions and mobilizing the widest sections of people against each and every aggressive step taken by the government, we must also organize an ongoing, proactive and independent anti-war movement.

Our movement must fight U.S. aggression and intervention in all its forms and demand a genuinely democratic foreign policy which: 1) withdraws all U.S. troops stationed abroad; 2) recognizes the sovereignty of every country; and 3) ends the militarization of our country.

Winning such a democratic foreign policy means organizing the people - the tens of millions who oppose war and militarism - independent of the parties of the war, the monopoly capitalist class and its political representatives, the Democrats and Republicans. Such a movement can only aim at bringing to power a new people's, anti-war government - a government without the warmakers and against them.

For more information about local anti-war actions, contact the Workers Party, P.O. Box 25716, Chicago, IL., 60625; (312) 409-1127.