Message of Solidarity to the Emergency Protest Against the Bush Plan to Escalate the War in Iraq
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle
January 10, 2007
The International League of People's Struggle (ILPS) joins the American
people and the peoples of the world in condemning the decision of George
W. Bush to send additional troops to Iraq and escalate the US war of aggression
against the Iraqi people. We demand the immediate withdrawal of US and
other imperialist military forces in Iraq.
We support the urgent demand of the American people to bring home the US
troops and stop the US-led war of aggression and occupation of Iraq. We
condemn the Bush regime's continuing war crimes and crimes against humanity
to serve the rapacity of the military-industrial complex, the oil giants and the big
banks at the expense of the lives of the US troops and the resources of the
We endorse the call of the International ANSWER Coalition to launch emergency
protest actions on January 11 against the Bush plan to escalate the war in Iraq.
We must demand that the Bush regime stop wasting the lives and limbs of the
US troops and huge amounts of US resources (already beyond USD 350 billion)
and destroying the lives, the social infrastructure, the industries and other means
of livelihood of the Iraqi people.
This imperialist war has already claimed the lives of over 650,000 Iraqis and has
resulted in more than 50,000 US troop casualties, including more than 3,000 US
killed. Bush has already acquired the distinction of having drawn away the US
military forces from the pursuit of Osama bin Laden and having caused the bloody
death of more American citizens than the al Qaida killed in 9/11.
In the course of its two wars of aggression against Iraq and the 12-year period
of economic sanctions and bombings, US imperialism has also acquired the distinction
of having caused the death of far more Iraqi people than Saddam has been accused
of killing with US encouragement in the course of the anti-communist suppression
in 1978, the eight year-long Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) and the recurrent suppression
of Kurdish and Shiite opposition forces.
Will the world be more peaceful and orderly if any imperialist power can launch a
war of aggression (the worst crime against humanity) against another country in
the name of spreading democracy? At any rate, Bush and his puppets in Iraq
have unwittingly given Saddam a favor by unlawfully rushing his martyrdom and
limiting his accountability and trial to the case of only 148 alleged victims in a
supposed reprisal for an assassination attempt on him.
US imperialism has no chance of winning its war of aggression, no matter how
much it tries to divide and rule the Arab majority (80 per cent) of the Iraqi
population by fanning religious strife between the Shia and Sunni.
The Iraqi people are aware that the US directed its agents to bomb and destroy
the Shia mosque in Samarra in February last year in order to ignite religious strife
and to shout the name of Moqtada at the hanging of Saddam on December 30
in order to exacerbate the Shia-Sunni strife.
The Iraqi people of various political, ethnic, religious and other affinities are more
determined than ever before to resist and drive away the US and British imperialist
aggressors. They are fighting for their national sovereignty, their patrimony and
dignity. They are outraged that the imperialists are hell-bent on taking over their
oil wealth and their entire economy.
The firm resistance of the Iraqi people has put the most powerful war machine in
the world in a quagmire. The ignominy of failure stares at the face of the highest
monopoly-driven echelons of the US political and military establishment. But these
are still desperately looking for ways to retain US military forces in Iraq and impose
US greed and bloodlust on the Iraqi people. The American people must act now
to keep these monopoly monsters from further harming both the American and
We call on all the participating organizations of the ILPS to show their support
to the emergency demonstration being organized by the International ANSWER
Coalition in various cities in the US by sending solidarity statements and undertaking
various forms of protest actions that are possible immediately.
At the same time, we must be ready to wage a sustained and protracted mass
struggle to support the just revolutionary cause of the Iraqi people, as US imperialism
is hell-bent on keeping Iraq as a colonial or neo-colonial possession or breaking it up
so that it can grab the oil wealth in the southern and northern provinces of Iraq.
The sham constitution of the puppet government provides for the split of Iraq and
the US control of the oil resources.
We thank the Iraqi people for resisting US imperialism and all its allies and puppets
and for rendering a great service to the people of the world. By making US imperialism
sink in a quagmire in Iraq, they expose the limits and weaknesses of the monster and
other peoples of the world are thereby encouraged to wage anti-imperialist and
End the US Occupation of Iraq!
Bring the US troops home now!
Down with US imperialism, the No. 1 plunderer and aggressor!
Long live the Iraqi people!
Long live the people of the world!