United States President George Bush is preparing for
a new war on Iraq. Pentagon papers leaked on July 4 reveal plans for an
assault on Iraq involving 250,000 US troops. The US government and its
imperialist allies, such as the UK government of Tony Blair, are using
the excuse that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein is threatening
the world with “weapons of mass destruction”.
However, UN weapons inspectors and the CIA have failed to find any
evidence of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Scott Ritter, a
former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq (who spent seven years
in Iraq in the 1990s hunting down the weapons program) has declared that
“there is no justification for war based on the facts that had been
presented by both the United States and Great Britain.” According to
Ritter, the UN has already demolished 90% of Iraq’s stockpile.
The Bush administration has launched a major propaganda offensive
against the regime of Saddam Hussein. They have ‘discovered’ human
rights atrocities committed by the regime. George Bush wants us to
believe that he will be ‘liberating’ the Iraqi people by attacking Iraq
and getting rid of Saddam Hussein.
But this is sheer hypocrisy. Saddam Hussein was one of US imperialism’s
closest allies in the Middle East in the 1980s. It was under the
instigation of the US that the Iraqi regime launched a horrendous war
against the people of Iran, who had overthrown the brutal US backed
dictatorship of the Shah of Iran. The regime of Saddam Hussein was
funded and given massive military aid by the US in a grim war that
lasted eight years and killed over one million people.
The ‘reasons’ given by the US and its imperialist allies for attacking
Iraq are based on lies.
The real reason for the war is to strengthen imperialism’s control and
domination over the region. Iraq, along with Iran and Saudi Arabia, is
situated on the Persian Gulf, the control of which is strategic to
imperialism’s domination over the oil rich resources of the Middle East.
Iraq and Iran are governments that the US does not control. Hence they
have been targeted as part of the US “axis of evil” in its phony “war
against terrorism”. The real aim of the war against Iraq and the “war
against terrorism” is to defend the interests of imperialist
corporations and imperialist nations.
Politically the US government wants to set a further precedent: to
intervene with the use of troops whenever and wherever its national
interests are threatened, especially against the peoples and governments
of the Third World. It intends to send a clear message and win
acceptance for the position that the sovereignty of Third World nations
no longer matter. That it will and must be violated (as a matter of
course) in order to defend imperialist “national interests”.
The Iraqi people have the right to defend their national sovereignty
against imperialist intervention of any form, including the right to
reject the admission of UN weapons inspectors -- a demand being made by
the imperialist powers.
Opposition to the war against Iraq does not mean support for the
dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. By opposing the war we stand as one with
the people of Iraq. It’s up to the Iraqi people to decide the course of
their liberation. We will consistently support and campaign for their
sovereign right to do so.
The US aims to overthrow the Saddam Hussein regime and replace it with
another dictatorship: one that will serve the interests of the US and
further enslave the Iraqi people.
The Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) regime is bending over backwards to
show its support for the US offensive by offering Philippine airspace
for the US war machine (even without it being requested by the US).
After exposing its craven pro-US stance, now the regime is attempting to
give itself some cover by stating that it will support the war only if
sanctioned by the UN.
But the last attack on
Iraq in 1991, also sanctioned by the UN, killed over 200,000 people. The
economic sanctions applied by the UN have been responsible for killing
over one million Iraqis (out of a population of around 22 million).
According to a UNICEF report, over 500,000 of these have been children,
dying at the rate of around 200 per day. Iraq used to have one of the
highest standards of living in the region. Now some 80% of Iraqi women
suffer from malnutrition. The horrible facts are numerous. And all of
these are the results of attacks sanctioned by the UN.
GMA cannot camouflage her
real position: support for the US war, with or without UN endorsement.
The GMA regime is slavishly kowtowing to the US line. Its domestic and
foreign policy, in economic and other matters, can simply be described
as: “All the Way With the USA”. This is the one thing that the regime is
consistent in. This, despite the fact that such a policy will (and has)
alarmingly compromised the country’s national interests and the welfare
of every single citizen. The regime’s support for the US war on Iraq
will now imperil the welfare of the nation and its citizens.
The regime’s policy can
only be described as treacherous!
The GMA regime should be
- Endangering the lives of our people,
around 1.5 million who live and work in the Middle East. It’s a
well-known fact that the Iraqi regime will respond to any attack by
bombing Israel, as it did in the previous Gulf war in 1990. It’s a
well-known fact that the Bush administration will not restrain Israel
from retaliating. Therefore, it’s also a well-known fact that an
Israeli response will result in the war spreading throughout the
- Endangering the welfare of those at
home. Support for the war will draw the Philippines into a war
situation with Iraq and the Muslim peoples and movements around the
world, thus making the Philippines a target.
- Endangering the economy. Already the
peso is on a downward spiral. The price of oil and basic commodities
are likely to increase, thus bringing further hardship and
impoverishment to the people.
- Further inflaming the situation in
Mindanao. Support for a war against Iraq is a clear slap in the face
to our Muslim brothers and sisters, especially those in Mindanao. This
will further inflame the conflict situation in Mindanao.
- Violating the constitution.
- Assisting in the continuing genocide
of the Iraqi people. The blood of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi
people who could die in the war will stain this regime’s record
The PMP unequivocally
condemns the war. This war is morally unjust. The Iraqi people have
never exploited us. They have never oppressed us. It is not in the
interest of our people to support the US war against Iraq.
It’s US imperialism, and
not the Iraqi people, which has been the Mother of All Exploiters and
Against the war, we raise the banner of working class solidarity.
Against the GMA regime and imperialism, we stand as one with the people
We pledge to build peoples’ opposition to the war.
We promise that the GMA regime will pay a political price for its
treacherous policy of supporting the US war.
We pledge to strengthen the international movement against the war and
to play our part in this movement.
No to US War Against
End the Blockade
Against the Iraqi People!
Condemn GMA Regimes
Support for War Against the People of Iraq!
Long Live the People
sovereignty of Third World nations against imperialist attacks!
Workers of the
World Unite Against Imperialist War and Globalization!