Bush Escalates War Against Iraq

September 16, 2003

On September 7, George Bush announced plans to escalate the war against Iraq.

Bush admitted that the U.S. is engaged in a "lengthy war" that will "take time and require sacrifice," and announced plans to spend another $87 billion to wage this war for the next year ($79 billion allocated in April has already been spent). In addition, Bush wants to deploy more troops and has called on the U.N. and other countries to send another 22,000 soldiers. Two days after Bush's speech, the Pentagon announced that 20,000 reserve and national guard troops in Iraq would have their duty tours extended to one year. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld also wants to send thousands of civilians to Iraq to carry out administrative tasks currently performed by soldiers.

All along, the Bush administration has made it clear that the goals of this war are to establish a "free market system" in Iraq and a U.S.-dictated political system. Iraq will be a base to spread U.S. influence and a "free trade zone" throughout the Middle East. Already U.S. companies are falling over themselves to grab Iraq's oil and the other spoils of colonial conquest and the Pentagon has established permanent military bases.

The events of the last 4 months have also made it clear that the Iraqi people are resisting U.S. occupation. From the day that Bush declared "victory," millions of Iraqis have come out in public protests against U.S. aggression and colonialism. This movement includes an armed resistance to U.S. occupation.

In other words, the war in Iraq is an undisguised war of conquest, a war to suppress the Iraqi people, to enslave and colonize the country.

In his September 7 speech, Bush also reminded us that the war in Iraq is only one front in a worldwide "war against terrorism." Within the last two years, the U.S. has invaded and occupied Afghanistan and is escalating another counter-insurgency war there, given the Israeli aggressors the green light to reoccupy the West Bank of Palestine, dispatched more U.S. troops to fight counter-insurgency wars in Colombia and the Philippines. At the same time, the U.S. is threatening and preparing wars against North Korea, Iran, Syria and other countries.

The government is using this "war against terrorism" as an excuse to put the entire economy of our country at the disposal of the Pentagon arms merchants and other big capitalists and to build up the repressive apparatus of the government and strip away the democratic rights of the American people.

Bush's escalation of the war in Iraq again confronts the American people with the relentless question -- only the peoples can stop the wars!

The U.S. government is going to remain on the road of fascism and war. The problem is not simply George Bush. Just as the Democrats immediately responded to Bush's speech by promising him all the money he wants, so too they have supported the entire "war on terrorism" from day one.

It is the monopoly capitalist class which wants and needs war. The capitalists want and need war to expand their empire. The capitalists want and need to militarize our economy so as to grab superprofits. The capitalists want and need fascism to suppress the growing resistance of the American people.

The challenge facing the people is nothing less than winning the peace and reclaiming our country.

In the last 2 years, tens of millions of Americans have come out to fight against the war program of U.S. imperialism. We must carry this struggle through to the end. We must work to mobilize ever-wider sections of people against every aggressive step taken by the government.

In the course of this mobilization, we must continually strengthen the independent consciousness and organization of the people. The people must aim at nothing less than defeating the parties of war and imperialism and bringing to power a new people's government which implements a genuinely democratic foreign policy.

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