The Spark

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

Turning Iraq into a Tombstone

Dec 6, 2004

The media continues to speak about "killing houses" the U.S. has supposedly found in Falluja and piles of bodies shot in the back of the head found in Mosul.

Of course, no one really knows, since the U.S. military controls the information coming out of these places.

Part of the insurgents, which come from the most reactionary religious sects, certainly have used torture and terrorism. And they've bragged about it showing the contempt that they exhibit for the whole Iraqi people, and not just their victims.

But the U.S. government should be the last one to talk about terrorism, given its bloody record in Iraq.

A study carried out in Iraq by public health experts from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. put the Iraqi death toll at more than 100,000 since the U.S. invasion. This figure does not count the dead in Falluja, since no survey could be taken there. But the doctors who did the survey estimated that the figure of deaths would probably have doubled if Falluja were included.

The U.S. dropped a deadly arsenal on Falluja, on its apartments and homes and streets even shells filled with white phosphorous, which creates a screen of fire that cannot be extinguished with water and that melts the skin.

The U.S. firepower directed against the Iraqi population is nothing but terrorism using the most extreme use of violence against a civilian population to accomplish a political aim. But, by contrast to most terrorism, which is carried out by individuals, this is state terrorism carried out by the mightiest superpower in the world. The people of Falluja were massacred in order to terrorize the rest of the Iraqis to accept U.S. control of their country. U.S. generals were quoted as saying that Falluja would be an example.

This terrorism against the Iraqi people is being carried out in our name The rest of the world, seeing this, can't help but judge us all as barbarians.

We have every reason to oppose this war carried out by the U.S. government in our name. First, we should want the slaughter in Iraq to stop and the U.S. troops themselves brought back home. But we should also want to show that the image the U.S. government today shows to the whole world is not what we are.