Democrats Also Prepare to Escalate War in Iraq

April 20, 2004

In fighting to end the war in Iraq, the American people must realistically weigh up the balance of political forces.

One of the first things which stands out is that, from the very beginning the invasion of Iraq, and, in fact, the whole so-called "war on terrorism," have been the bipartisan program of both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

And again, last week as Bush announced plans to continue and escalate the war, he had the full support of the Democrats.

Senator Kerry, the Democratic candidate for President, in an Op-Ed piece published in the Washington Post, said: "Americans of all political persuasions are united in our desire to succeed. The extremists attacking our forces should know they will not succeed in dividing America, or in sapping American resolve, or in forcing the premature withdrawal of U.S. troops. Our country is committed to help the Iraqis build a stable, peaceful and pluralistic society. No matter who is elected president in November, we will persevere in that mission...If our military commanders request more troops, we should deploy them."

Kerry's only "criticism" of Bush is that he should work harder to bring in the United Nations as a way of giving more political cover and more troop strength to the ongoing U.S. occupation. Of course, Kerry insists that the U.N. will remain under the domination of the U.S. military. In the same Washington Post article, Kerry writes: "Moving forward the administration must make the United Nations a full partner...We also need to renew our effort to attract international support in the form of boots on the ground to create a climate of security in Iraq."

"We should urge NATO to create a new out-of-area operation for Iraq. ..This would help us obtain more troops from major powers....The primary responsibility for security must remain with the U.S. military."

No one should be surprised by the position of Kerry or the Democratic Party generally. Just like the Republicans, the Democrats are a party financed and created by the monopoly capitalist class and for that reason it is a party of war and imperialism.

Thus, in advancing our anti-war struggles we need to rely on the people themselves, continually mobilizing them into active life and building up the independent organizations and independent political movement of the people themselves.