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

The Iraq War Is Not Over

Nov 12, 2012

On November 6, a massive bomb blast at a military base north of Baghdad killed more than two dozen people. According to United Nations statistics, these kinds of horrific bombings and terrorist attacks–which have taken the lives of civilians and security forces alike–have grown worse over the past year.

These horrific bomb blasts continue to be regular occurrences inside Iraq, despite official U.S. claims that the Iraq War is over.

In fact, the U.S. forces that left in December 2011 have just been replaced by other forces under U.S. direction, including tens of thousands of mercenaries, embassy employees and CIA agents.

It is no secret what is behind this continued massive U.S. military presence: oil.

In order to grab the lion’s share of these riches and domination over the country, the U.S. relies not only upon massive military force, but on a divide and conquer policy.

The entry of the big oil companies to rebuild the Iraqi oil industry and increase production has only made matters worse. For example, Exxon-Mobil, the biggest oil company in the world, plays the Kurdish government in the North off against the Iraqi central government. This has begun to break the control of the central Iraqi state over the country’s oil, allowing Exxon-Mobil to extract more lucrative oil deals for itself.

These divide and conquer tactics by the U.S. government and oil companies are feeding this civil war. The U.S. war in Iraq, which has already taken more than one million Iraqi lives and destroyed most of the country, continues to wreak havoc and death for the Iraqi people.