Hank Roth | 14.04.2003 14:15
by Hank Roth
American oil companies wait for this war to receive a stamp of legality from the United Nations before they can draw up lucrative contracts. US companies look forward to being recipients of bounty from Iraq's reconstruction and the Israelis hope for a long-awaited oil pipeline from northern Iraq to Haifa. In the meantime, the Iraqis cry rivers of tears, comfort their children and bury their dead while the gagged and compliant media bury theirs." [Linda S. Heard, "Journalists Die and Networks Lie" - Arab News - questioningmedia@y...)]
There are now revenge killings going on with impunity in Iraq. Vigilante justice has replaced the iron fist law and order of the Saddam Hussein regime. While many were discontented with Saddam's rule because of the effects of the sanctions and impoverishment it caused - which they blamed on Saddam, one person said at least then there was only one Saddam and now it is as if there are thousands of Saddams, referring to the condition of no law and cruelty of mob rule. Some say they preferred Saddam's rule to the rule of the jungle.
"'Coalition forces are responsible. Where is the law?' said Safa Hussein Qasim, 44, a jeweller. 'This is the promise of the United States to Iraq? This is democracy in Baghdad?'" [Peter Beaumont, (in Baghdad) - April 13, 2003 - The Observer]
"'The army of America is like Genghis Khan,'snapped Fouad Abdullah Ahmed, 49, as US tanks rumbled by without stopping. 'America is not good and Saddam is not good. My people refused Saddam, and they will refuse the Americans.' One young man went further: 'If this continues in Baghdad we'll kill any American or British soldier,' said Rahad Bahman Qasim, 30." [Beaumont]
The new National Front for the Liberation of Iraq, which has been organized as an underground guerilla army is determined to end all that by evicting the coalition forces from Iraq. Not much is being reported about them in any mainstream press (just as no credible opposition has been presented in the mainstream press) in spite of the fact that they have already carried out operations and an attempted assassination.
Instead whenever anyone now shoots at coalition forces they're called "Saddam loyalists" however the NFLI is not loyal to Saddam and they've said in their declaration that they didn't ask for the U.S. to overthrow Saddam; that they could have done that themselves and now they consider the coalition to be their enemy and enemy of the Iraqi people.
(For latest on the NFLI when it happens, check http://pnews.org/ and follow links there and also http://IslamOnline.net for latest news)
While the U.S. has the NFLI to contend with in Iraq and various War Lords and Taliban in Afghanistan, it is also concerned about the EU and the EURO. American interventionism is a policy of U.S. imperialism for grabbing as many of the spoils of war as it can because it feels threatened by capital expansion of other imperialist countries in the EU.
"Since the collapse of the Soviet Union no imperalist power has had the military muscle to oppose U.S. unilateralism, and other powers have focused instead on getting their minor share of the spoils of the former Soviet empire and the intensified plunder of the third world. However, these powers see tha the present campaign is intended precisely to shut them out of contention for equal status with the United States in the long term as well...."[Research Unit for Political Economy (RUPE) - "Behind the Invasion of Iraq" 2003]
"CONTENTION FOR SUCH STATUS IS THE VERY REASON FOR THE EU'S EXISTENCE" [RUPE]
See Also: "Neocolonialism and the Modern Slavery of Dollar Imperialism and Debt-Based Money", Lead-Article for the Legacy of Colonialism Forum, by M.S.Brown (ref: www.LegacyofColonialism.org & www.yahoogroups.com/group/LegacyofColonialism).