The Spark

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

August 9:
Rioting breaks out in Basra

Aug 11, 2003

The population of Basra went into the streets for several days in August, protesting the terrible degradation of their living conditions.

Bush pretends that opposition to the U.S. and British occupation comes only from a tiny minority, or Saddam Hussein "loyalists," or "foreign terrorists" – sometimes more widely from the so-called "Sunni triangle," from which Saddam Hussein himself came.

Basra is none of these. Rioting by the population there gives the lie to one more of Bush's wild claims.

The people of Iraq want the U.S. and Britain out of their country. They should get out. NOW!