The Spark

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

Iraq:
The quagmire gets bloodier

Dec 6, 2004

The Bush administration continues to pretend that the situation in Iraq will be "peaceful" enough by the end of January to hold elections, and that the Iraqi police and army will be able to ensure those elections take place.

Whatever "peace" exists in Iraq today is the "peace" of the graveyard. But the mounds of corpses that the U.S. has been creating have only served to create a wider insurgency against the U.S. occupation, and a broader support in the Iraqi population for that insurgency.

The headlines coming from Iraq show it. Not only was November deadly for the Iraqi people, its was the deadliest month for U.S. troops since the very beginning of the war. Starting last June, every month's toll of troop deaths was higher than the month before, leading to the November record. It demonstrates the trend of the war – getting more deadly, month by month.

As for the Iraqi police and army units – in Mosul, the Iraqi police simply disappeared when the fighting started, in some cases, just leaving; in other cases, joining the insurgency. And when the U.S. went into Falluja with units of the Iraqi National Guard that were supposed to be the most "dependable," they discovered that almost half of those forces deserted even before the fighting started.

The U.S. may pretend today that it is creating "Iraqi security forces." In fact, those are nothing but a show for propaganda purposes in this country – to hide the bitter truth, that U.S. forces are becoming more mired down in a sinkhole that will last for years.

This war is a disaster for the Iraqi people. It is a disaster for the U.S. troops, who are already coming back ruined mentally and physically from having been part of an occupying army in a country whose people didn't want them. And it is a disaster for our standard of living as more and more wealth is being drained off into destruction. The war serves no one but the big oil companies, some of their corporate friends and their buddies in government.

The demand of all working people should be: Put an end to this war NOW!