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A.N.S.W.E.R. STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
15 Dec 2003
A.N.S.W.E.R. STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
Dec. 14, 2003
A.N.S.W.E.R. STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
Dec. 14, 2003

The U.S. military capture of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is being trumpeted by the corporate media and the Bush administration as simultaneously a great victory, the start of a new era, and justification for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The seizure and public display of Saddam Hussein may be a propaganda victory for imperialism, but it changes nothing fundamental about the situation in Iraq, particularly the reality that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq
constitute a blatant and brutal violation of both international and U.S. law.

While hailing the detention of Saddam Hussein after an intense 8-month search, the current co-dictators of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer and Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, are expressing the hope of the Bush administration as a whole that this development will signal the beginning of the end
for the Iraqi resistance.

But intensifying Iraqi resistance to the illegal and colonial war and occupation has not been primarily based - according even to the more knowledgeable corporate media journalists in Iraq - on loyalty to any particular individual. Instead, it is a response to the negation of
Iraq's sovereignty and independence, as well as the increasing brutality of the occupying army.

Even supporters of Bush's war such as Sen. Jay
Rockefeller, Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, are raising
questions: "Given the location and circumstances of his capture, it makes clear that Saddam
was not managing the insurgency. ... That is significant and disturbing because it means the insurgents are not fighting for Saddam, they're fighting against the United States."

There can be no question that the Iraq occupation is a colonial project in every respect. The U.S.-appointed "Iraq Governing Council" is headed by CIA asset Ahmed Chalabi, whose family was the richest in all of Iraq when
the British-controlled regime was overthrown in 1958. All of Iraq's assets are being put on the auction block.

The U.S. is setting up colonial-style Iraqi police, intelligence services, and paramilitary death squads. It is taking and holding family members hostage, including children and grandparents, to force Iraqis to submit
themselves for "interrogation." U.S. forces are using "Israeli-style" collective punishment and violence against the population as a whole in large parts of the country.

"With a heavy dose of fear and violence, and a lot of money for projects, I think we can convince these people that we are here to help them," stated a U.S. battalion commander in Iraq (New York Times, December 7, 2003). He was speaking from one of the many Iraq villages that the U.S. has wrapped in razor wire, holding entire communities prisoner. A sign on the barbed wire reads, in English only, "This fence is here for your protection. Do not approach or try to cross, or you will be shot."

The U.S. government has a long history of destabilizing and overthrowing governments and replacing them with brutal dictatorships. One need only look at Iran, the Congo, Guatemala, and Chile to know that the democratic or
undemocratic character of the government targeted by the U.S. has never been the motivation for its actions. In that context the U.S. government has supported the most brutal dictatorships and military regimes.

The long standing demonization of the former Iraqi government followed by the invasion and occupation of Iraq is part of a larger global project by the United States to militarily destroy any government that seeks to maintain
even nominal independence from the dictates of Washington and Wall Street. The leadership of North Korea, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Palestine and others have been selected by the Bush administration for destruction. This
stands in fundamental violation of the right of self determination. Only the Iraqi people have the right to determine who their leaders will be.

People should keep in mind as they watch the forthcoming carefully packaged documentary of the "crimes" of the former Iraqi government, that the Bush administration has taken tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives, has
plunged Iraq into chaos and anarchy, and has removed the essential features of sovereignty for the Iraqi people who struggled in the past for decades against colonial rule.

The occupation is taking the lives of Iraqis, U.S. and other "coalition" forces every day. While Halliburton, Bechtel and other U.S. corporations are reaping immense profits, the people both here and there are paying the
price for Bush and his corporate friends' looting spree, in blood and money. According to administration figures, the cost of the Iraq occupation is 210 million dollars every day. The administration has stated that it need not
bother to count the number of Iraqis that it kills.

We will continue and intensify our mobilizing work to demand: "End the Occupation, Bring the Troops Home NOW! Money for Jobs, Health Care and Education, Not for War and Occupation."

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Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
15 Dec 2003
That's funny!!
Is this from The Onion?
Why no mention of atrocities--with US support!
15 Dec 2003
Why is there no mention here of the US support for Saddam when he was committing his worst atrocitiesm, like the gassing of the Kurds? Why no mention of those atrocities at all? Principled leftists will condemn these horros, while also pointing out the US support for Saddam that made them possible. ANSWER does neither. Why?

(Note: I have no links to those who made the lihnked website here, but think they were pretty right on!)
See also:
http://authoritarianopportunistswhocozyuptogenocidaldictators-forpeace.org/
DON'T YOU GET IT?
16 Dec 2003
FACT: There are no WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WASN'T THAT THE REASON FOR BUSH JUNIORS WAR? YES IT WAS.
FACT: Any dumbass would know that Iraq was a DEMOCRACY until the CIA overthrew the government, and created the BAATH PARTY...which Saddam joined and moved up in ranks.
FACT: Bush Senior and Reagan gave Saddam gas to poison the Kurds. Nobody but the good-old USA.
So wave your flag...feel proud...when another soldier comes home to be buried for some goddamn oil company.
Next year? The draft...Ain't that a bitch?!
Saddam is no worse than Bush
16 Dec 2003
Saddam has commited less war crimes than Bush. Saddam has the right to run his country as he pleases!

Maybe Iran should invade America and put Bush and his cronies on trial to include Bush senior, Reagan, and a deck of 50 playing cards worth of American criminals (Chenney, Lieberman, Powell, Schwarzkopf, Romney, Frist, Rice, 5 supreme court justices) now that would be true fairness.

Since that will never happen I will participate one person one vote in 2004. I will vote in 2004 to ensure Dennis kucinich or Al Sharpton becomes the new leader of a newly freed world.
Common Decency and Fudamental Fairness
16 Dec 2003
I can not believe anyone is proud of the Amerikkkan Army for defeating the Iraqi Freedom Fighters. Of course the Amerikkkans won it was a completely unfair fight.

Amerikkkans can not go a day without air conditioning and turkey dinners what a bunch of cry babies. The Iraqi Freedom Fighters are much tougher and stronger. Poor Amerikkkan Marines need vacation time in the middle of a war, Waaah!!

A fair and just American military run by a true leader (Dean, Clinton(Hillary), Gore, Kucinich, etc.) Would have allowed Saddam the dignity of appearing in a fresh uniform after grooming himself. But no the racist Amerikkkan Army showed the most embarassing pictures of Saddam to their own discredit.
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
16 Dec 2003
Who are we too decide what is a war crime! The absolute arrogance of obese hypnotized Americans. We don't realy know that any war crimes took place and who are we to judge.

Meanwhile the real war crime of SUV polluting the world goes unchallenged.
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
16 Dec 2003
Give saddam a new uniform!

Whatever you think about the us government saddam was a murder, I don't support this war, but if saddam being tortured and killed is a result of it, then atleast the bush assholes did the world a favor by accident.

Saddam is no worse than bush, maybe they are both world leaders, but I think it is a mistake to equate the two, saddams government is not the same beast as the bush government. It's the difference between a serial rapist and a hitman. A hitman does what needs to be done to make large amounts of money with little respect for human life, A serial rapist(saddam) does it out of sadistic pleasure.

I think almost all of these posts are right wing trolls,
hail eris!