The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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


Jan 22, 2007

When asked in an interview on “60 Minutes” whether he owed the Iraqi people an apology, Bush retorted, “the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude.” He didn’t think that the Iraqi people were grateful enough for all the U.S. had done. Bush wanted the Iraqi people to show more gratitude.

Gratitude? Gratitude?! For what, exactly? For the 655,000 who have died since the U.S. invasion, and the more than two million refugees with no place to live? For all the schools, homes and hospitals that have been bombed into oblivion all over the country? For the electricity cutting out for 18 hours of every day in the city of Baghdad? For the lack of any adequate water treatment throughout the country, causing children to die of kidney failure and diarrhea?

Just what planet is Bush from, that that kind of treatment should create gratitude?