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As I scribble
these words, dark plumes of smoke roll upwards to the heavens over
Fallujah, deadly incense to the grim sacrifices earned by war and
Some may suggest
that the term, 'occupation', is one preferred by this writer, because
of his political persuasions. That is so, but according to recently
released polls taken
from throughout the breadth of Iraq, the vast majority of Iraqis
feel that the continued American presence is an "occupation",
not a 'liberation.' And a simple majority
simply want the US occupiers to leave.
What the Bush
Regime has succeeded in doing, is something that truly seemed unthinkable
just months ago it has succeeded in uniting Sunni and Shi'a,
bridging the gap that has stood for generations.
from the area quote Iraqis who now see beyond their tribes, and
even their faith communities, to fight against the foreigners. A
clerk named Sabah Saddam drove one of a convoy of supply trucks
into the besieged town of Fallujah, and remarked, "Sunni, Shi'a,
that doesn't matter anymore." He described these historically
deep, religious and communal differences as "artificial distinctions,"
adding that the Fallujans were "Iraqis" who needed his
help. (*New York Times*, 4/9/04).
What was indispensable
for the occupation to 'succeed' was the support of the largest segment
of Iraqis, the much-maligned Shi'a community. They were the most
anti-Saddam elements (with the possible exception of the Kurds),
and chafed under Sunni
dominance. The siege of Fallujah promises to alienate those most
inclined to ally with the Americans, and to forge links between
Sunni and Shi'a militants, and create something that hasn't existed
in decades, perhaps generations: a deep-seated sense of nationalism.
A nationalism that was spawned by anger and resentment at the occupation.
Now comes news
that the supposed cutoff date, June 30th, when 'sovereignty' would
be handed off to Iraqis, that no power will be handed over at all.
It is a shadow
'sovereignty'; 'sovereignty', in name only.
30th, the US calls all the shots; after the 30th, the US will still
call the shots.
If the long
and twisted history of American interference in other people's affairs
teaches us anything, it is that it isn't important what Americans
call what they do, but
what those people perceive it as. In other words, the White House
may claim it was a 'liberation', but how are Iraqis responding?
yet powerless 'leaders' masquerade as a government in Iraq, when
in reality they govern nothing. They fear the people they are supposed
to lead, and the people detest them as toadies of the Americans.
The real government
of Iraq is Halliburton, Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
All of these defense companies are making mad loot on the Iraq Adventure.
Some made money selling the weapons to destroy Iraq; others are
making dough on it rebuilding. Some made money doing both!
They are the
real shot-callers in this new imperial colony.
It was for
their bottom line that the war was waged. It is on their behalf
that hundreds of Americans perished, and thousands of Iraqis are
no more. For war is ever big profits.
Let us not
be surprised that the majority of Iraqis now look for the occupying
army to withdraw as soon as possible.
not have been crazy about the Hussein regime, but they never waged
the kind of heavy resistance they are now waging against the Americans,
As ever, it
will take a while for Americans to listen. For when dollars fill
corporate tills, it also blocks government ears.
It will take
time. More loss. More death. But, it will come.
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