It did not take long for the Bush administration to turn its illegal invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq into a classic 'dirty' colonial war. The self-appointed American rulers have brought high unemployment, drug trafficking, prostitution, rape, crime, acute food, water, medical and electrical shortages, closed schools and uncollected garbage. The vibrant free Iraqi press has been banned. Economic activity is paralyzed. Telephone communications are prevented in the obvious intent to isolate Iraqis from each other and from the world. US troops demolish family dwellings, conduct daily perquisitions and arbitrary arrests. Thousands, including children, are held in secret detention centers and concentration camps. Iraqis of all ages are killed at random, often at close range.
The recent Baghdad bombing of UN offices showed that the US is not even capable of providing security for all, the first legal obligation of any occupier. This follows the earlier slaughter of at least 10,000 innocent Iraqis and the looting, burning and destroying of their rare historical sites, libraries and museums. On the political front, the elusive US-picked, controlled and sheltered Iraqi Government Council is composed of Iraqis who have lived outside of Iraq for years. A figure of ridicule, the group has no legitimate authority and is fittingly seen as a 'body of American lackeys'.
Iraqis have organized a fast-growing national movement of resistance and liberation in response to the colonialist horrors visited upon them, expressed along classical lines of legitimate national defense: sabotage and attacks upon the occupiers and those who collaborate with them.
Worldwide, the enormous anti-Iraq war movement is morphing into an anti-occupation front. In the US, the celebrated Veterans for Peace wows to 'bring them home'. The anti-Iraq war Republicans and conservatives who openly challenged their own party and a petulant, hateful, Administration continue to do so. A large segment of the anti-war Democrats however lies subdued at the urging of the inimitable Bill Clinton. More anti-Bush than anti-war, led by staunch pro-war politicians, the objective of their campaigns was little more than a move to capitalize on public sentiment in view of the coming November elections.
Dulles NOW activists have therefore unanimously voted to continue to support anti-occupation Republicans and conservatives as well as Veterans for Peace, and to join the international calls to free Iraq. Iraqis are a sophisticated people with the capacity to build and administer the democratic system of their choice without the ongoing outside meddling intended, in fact, to prevent such an outcome.