Iraq: Bloody chaos in
Iraq shatters US war strategy
In less than a week the Bush and Blair administrations have
been forced into humiliating public retreats over their Iraq
Kevin Simpson, Committee for a Workers International, London,
Wednesday 25 October 2006
Does anyone still say this is not a quagmire? From Socialism
Manny Thain, Socialist Party, London, Friday 27 January 2006
Iraq: Deeper in the
No-one believed US vice-president Dick Cheney when he said the
Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes".
Judy Beishon, Friday 1 July 2005
Iraq: Occupation and the
Two years ago, the US regime promised a short war to
’liberate’ Iraq - ’operation shock and awe’.
Manny Thain, Socialist Party, Sunday 20 March 2005
Iraq: Withdraw the troops
Socialists counterpose the policies of mass resistance by the
working class and the small farmers of Iraq to the policies of
kidnapping and suicide bombings - conducted by small and
unrepresentative groups acting ’on behalf of the Iraqi people’.
Editorial from The Socialist, 16 October 2004
Iraq: US imperialism
The dreams of the US right-wing ’neo-cons’ lie in tatters on
the battlefields of Iraq. One of the only certainties in the
turmoil of Iraq is that imperialism’s occupation is doomed to
From The Socialist, 3 September 2004
It is the US presidential election campaign which is governing
US policy half a world away in Iraq.
Editorial from the latest issue of the Socialist, newspaper of
the Socialist Party in England and Wales.
Stark choices in Iraq
Bush faces increasingly organised Iraqi opposition
Robert Bechert, cwi, 28 February 2004
Still no Exit sign
Celebrations by Bush and Blair at Saddam’s capture were brief.
Robert Bechert, cwi, 27 January 2004
US secretly building two giant intelligence facilities in Iraq
Stephen Boyd, from Socialist Voice, 22 July 2003
Capitalism means war and
AS THE war against Iraq drew to a close, an opinion poll in
Britain found that a majority of people, including those who
supported the war, thought it would make the world a more
dangerous and unstable place to live.
Editorial from The Socialist, 23 May 2003
The occupation of Iraq
SADDAM’S REGIME HAS crumbled under the impact of the
US-British invasion, though fierce, sporadic fighting
continues in Baghdad and other cities.
Editorial from Socialism Today, 17 April 2003
The chaotic aftermath of
LAST WEEK, Bush and Blair were celebrating their ’victory’
Editorial from The Socialist, 16 April 2003
THE WAR on Iraq has entered its end stage. Overwhelming US
military might has broken the back of Iraqi military
resistance on the ground.
Editorial from The Socialist, 10 April 2003
"People say to me, you (the Iraqis) are not the Vietnamese.
You have no jungles and swamps to hide in. I reply, ‘Let our
cities be our swamps and our buildings our jungles’." (Tariq
Aziz, Iraqi deputy prime minister.)
Peter Taaffe, CWI, 4 April 2003
Powell’s speech deepens
US IMPERIALISM is paying for this war, unlike in the 1990-91
Gulf War when other countries financially under-wrote US war
plans and paid for nine-tenths of it.
From The Socialist
Opposing the imperialist
WHEN THE military chiefs and politicians feel the need to come
onto the TV and insist that everything is going to plan in the
war against Iraq, and that everyone is united, you know that
the exact opposite is true.
Editorial from The Socialist, 3 April 2003
Bush’s peace plan: Road
GEORGE BUSH’S "road map" to a political settlement of the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict, supposedly leading to a
Palestinian state by 2005, is a cynical exercise in placating
Arab opinion while US forces invade and occupy Iraq.
From The Socialist, 30 March 2003.
EU "Don’t mention the war!"
The Swedish Social Democratic government is now attempting to
lead the protest against the war in order to derail it.
Per-Åke Westerlund, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI
Sweden), 30 March 2003
of Iraq – lessons of the Balkans
At the same time as massacring Iraqi people and destroying
infrastructure, US/British imperialist spokespeople claim they
only want to "liberate" Iraq and to "rebuild" the shattered
CWI Online, 29 March 2003
US war marks a new
Below, in ten points, is an edited version of an article by
Per-Åke Westerlund, which looks at the new world era ushered
in by US imperialist aggression and war.
CWI Online, 18 March 2003
Britain: Stop work to
stop the war
DESPITE THE biggest demonstration in the history of Britain
and unprecedented anti-war protests, Blair is determined to go
to war with Iraq over the next few days.
Editorial from The Socialist, 13 March 2003
European TUC calls for
action on 14 March
A call for work stoppages throughout Europe to protest against
the war at midday on Friday 14 March was made by the European
Trade Union Congress.
Clare Doyle, CWI, 10 March 2003.
"Third rate forgery"
The closer war approaches the more intense Bush and Blair’s
Robert Bechert, CWI, 10 March 2003.
Russia and the Iraq crisis
Russian president Putin almost gloated on the TV after the
attack on the twin towers in New York.
Rob Jones, Moscow, 10 March 2003
US cranks up war machine
THE FIRST phase of the US-led war against Iraq has started.
American and British warplanes have stepped up their bombing
of Iraqi defences in the ’no-fly zones’, targeting
surface-to-surface missile batteries.
From The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party, CWI in
England and Wales. 9 March 2003.
Mass action needed to
THE HUGE parliamentary revolt last week against Blair’s war
plans was all the more remarkable given that the Tory party
officially lined up behind Blair and the payroll vote of
Labour ministers and parliamentary secretaries - Blair’s Human
Shield - were obliged to vote for the government’s motion.
From The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party, CWI in
England and Wales. 8 March 2003.
Turkey, US imperialism
and the popular anti-war mood
The Bush administration suffered a serious blow to its war
plans against Iraq after the Turkish parliament rejected a
draft law allowing the deployment of some 62,000 US troops to
Niall Mulholland, CWI, 7 March 2003
Step up action against
AFTER THE magnificent events of 15 February, many hoped that
worldwide demonstrations of tens of millions would halt the
warmongers Bush and Blair in their tracks.
From The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party, 3 March 2003
War, occupation and
The US has mobilised a massive war machine, poised for an
invasion of Iraq. Lynn Walsh, 2 March 2003
A human tide against the
In an elemental tide of protest against US preparations to
attack Iraq, millions marched against war on 15 February, an
estimated 30 million in 600 cities.
Editorial from the March edition of Socialism Today, monthly
journal of the Socialist Party. 27 February 2003.
EU ‘Unity’ over war lasts
The emergency summit of the EU last Monday ended in a show of
‘unity’, which lasted all of twenty-seven minutes, according
to the Swedish daily, Aftonbladet.
Per-Åke Westerlund and Niall Muholland, 21 February 2003
No to war US Congressman
proposes re-instating the Draft
"If our great country becomes involved in an all-out war, the
sacrifice must be shared. In that regard, I am preparing
legislation to authorise instatement of the universal draft
and other forms of mandatory national service."
Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (CWI in US), Harlem, New
York, 20 February 2003
United States Mayor
Bloombery bans NY anti-war march
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in New York (and the Bush
administration standing behind the Republican city boss) has
shown their true ‘democratic’ colours by banning the right to
march and protest against the war on Iraq.
Socialist Alternative members in New York, 14 February 2003
Italy No war for oil -
No war for profits.
A broadsheet [in Italian] produced by the Italian group of the
Committee for a Workers’ International - ‘Lotta per il
socialismo’ - for the mass anti-war protest in Rome on 15
CWI Online, 14 Ferbuary 2003
Special anti-war issue
of The Socialist
The Socialist Party in England and Wales (CWI) has published a
special anti-war issue of its weekly paper, The Socialist, to
sell at the enormous protest in London this coming weekend.
US threatens "nuclear
The US administration is discussing the possible use of
nuclear weapons against the people of Iraq.
Niall Mulholland, London, 3 February 2003
No to war in Iraq Blood
A US-led war against Iraq will have enormous, political,
social and economic repercussions in the Middle East and
throughout the world.
Roger Shrives and Manny Thain, Socialist Party, England and
Wales. 31 January 2003
prováveis". As consequências devastadoras de uma guerra
Um documento tornado público na última terça-feira por um
grupo de estudante britânicos, da "Campanha contra Sanções no
Iraque" revelou que cerca de 500,000 iraquianos poderiam ser
feridos e requer tratamento médico se os Estados Unidos e seus
aliados lançarem uma guerra. O grupo obteve um relatório
confidencial das Nações Unidas sobre "Planos de contingência".
Por Karl Debbaut, Londres, Tradução portuguesa de Francisco
Raposo, 18 January 2003.
US hawks plan "pre-emptive" strike
In the light of Hans Blix and the weapons inspectors’ report
that there is no "smoking gun" or conclusive evidence of
weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, the prospect of an
immediate war against Iraq by the Bush regime appeared to have
Peter Taaffe. An edited and updated version of this article
will appear in the February edition of Socialism Today,
journal of the Socialist Party, the CWI’s affiliate in England
and Wales. 15 January 2003
scenarios" - The devastating consequences of a war
A document made public last Tuesday by a British student group
’Campaign against Sanctions on Iraq’ revealed that as many as
500,000 people in Iraq could suffer injuries and require
medical treatment if the United States and its allies launch a
By Karl Debbaut, CWI, London. 14 January 2003.