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Iraq Analysis: Unconfronted Lies
28 Apr 2004
The is some attention given to the lies that Bush used to justify invading Iraq, yet the lies being used to keep us there are being ignored. The anti-war movement need to develop into an anti-imperialist movement.
I was just watching an interview on CNN with a reporter who had been embedded with the US marines in Fallujah. I believe his name was Jeffrey Gettlemen. He said he believed the resistence had wide and deep support among ordinary Iraqis and could not be blamed solely on former Ba'athists, foreign terrorists or supporters of a particular Shiite cleric. He also said that the main target of the resistence is the military occupation which will not change on the June 30th handover date.

Bush claimed "mission accomplished" after the invasion was complete and said that major combat had ended - yet most of our troop fatalities occured since then. Bush claimed that he had broken the back of the resistence when he captured Saddam Hussein, yet resistence has grown. Now Bush would like us to believe that we just have to tough it out to June 30th when he will hand "sovereignty" over to his new hand-picked regime. I am certain that this will prove to be a false hope as well. In fact, Bush may have seriously miscalculated by picking June 30th as the deadline. What lie will he ride through July, August, September and October before the election to maintain support for his occupation?

Some Democrats may be willing to criticize Bush for how he decided to go to war, but nobody seems to be talking about the continuing lies that are keeping us there. Israel has been occupying Palestine for 37 years and yet the conflict has only gotten worse. The Iraqi resistence may not have the kind of support Vietnam did (USSR, China) but we should know that such foreign support is not necessary to keep resistence alive. In fact I believe the political resistence is at least as important as the military resistence. Bush doesn't seem to have any response to the political resistence in Iraq other than more force.

The anti-war movement needs to grow both politically and tactically into an anti-imperialist movement that can counter media-regurgitated white house press releases and take direct action to stop the US war machine. We also need anti-imperialist candidates, independent of the two party system, that can use the electoral platform to dispel the lies and refocus debate on the real issues.

They cannot kill the human spirit, they cannot kill the resistence, they cannot kill the revolution!

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