The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Iraq:
The pro-slavery "liberators"

Apr 28, 2003

Unable to get any profitable reconstruction contracts for British business from his accomplice Bush, Tony Blair is trying to turn the British occupation zone, in the southeast of Iraq, into a paradise for exploiters.

At Umm Qasr, the British military authorities set the wage for workers employed to reconstruct the port at $22 per month for a foreman, $15 for a skilled worker and $10 for a laborer – this last amount is equivalent to a package of cigarettes a day in Iraq!

Apparently, workers have not been forming long lines to get these jobs – neither in Umm Qasr, nor in the U.S. zone. The technological and arms supremacy of the U.S. and British forces were enough to make the dictatorship fall, but to annihilate the dignity of a people is something else. The Iraqi people as a whole haven't welcomed the invaders with open arms, nor, apparently are Iraqi workers more enthusiastic about being treated as slaves. And we understand them!