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

7000 Pawns on a Murderous Chess Board

Sep 8, 2008

The Bush administration let it be known that 7000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the beginning of next year.

Even if it’s true, these 7000 are only a small part of the approximately 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq who are supported by at least 80,000 more CIA agents, private security personnel and other U.S. contractors. All those who remain will continue to impose martial law on a population that has been violently uprooted from their homes, and virtually imprisoned in ethnic and religious enclaves.

Meanwhile, as 7000 troops leave Iraq, 7000 others are being added to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The U.S. war in the Middle East is not winding down–it is extending and widening into a regional war encompassing Afghanistan and probably Pakistan.