The Logic of U.S. Aggression

September 21, 2004

The U.S. government is preparing a big military offensive in Iraq.

The aim is to "retake" Fallujah, Samarra and other cities which are controlled by insurgent forces and considered "no-go" areas for the U.S. military. The insurgents control cities across Iraq including provincial capitals in Al Anbar and Diyala provinces.

Just what this offensive will mean for the Iraqi people can be seen from the threats of U.S. officials. On September 8, U.S. Army commander, Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who leads the Army's 1st Infantry Division, threatened to retake the city of Samarra from insurgents, stating: "It'll be a quick fight and the enemy is going to die fast." He issued an ultimatum to the people, demanding that U.S. troops be given unimpeded access to the city. Other U.S. military commanders have threatened to "level" the cities, if necessary, to crush the popular forces.

Speaking about preparations for another all-out assault on Fallujah, another U.S. commander said: "We need to make a decision on when the cancer of Falluja is going to be cut out."

These threats are already translating into more death and destruction for the Iraqi people.

On 9/13 alone, for example, U.S. forces killed and wounded hundreds of Iraqis during fierce street battles and air strikes in the capital of Baghdad and its surrounding cities. One airstrike in the city of Fallujah killed over 60 civilians. TV images showed bloodied bodies, including many women and children, on hospital beds, while their relatives pounded their chests in grief and denounced the U.S.

The next day, another airstrike against a residential neighborhood in Fallujah killed 40 people, while wounding 30. Eyewitnesses stated that the city's hospital was filled with chaotic scenes as civilians brought their own wounded in. On the same day, several air raids hit the village of Zoba, killing more and destroying scores of homes. The bodies of women and children were being pulled from the rubble days afterwards. And the list goes on.

This the logic of U.S. aggression in Iraq. It is the logic of targeting civilians populations and it is the logic of escalation.

U. S. imperialism systematically targets civilians because the lives of the Iraqi people mean nothing to it. In fact, its Hitlerite tactics aim at letting the people know that the U.S. government will slaughter Iraqis at will unless they submit to U.S. colonialism. But Iraq will not be enslaved. From the day that George Bush declared "victory," the Iraqi people have been coming out all across the country in organized political and military struggles against U.S. occupation and for the salvation of their country.

Facing the resistance of the people, U.S. imperialism has not and will not become more reasonable or admit any "mistake." On the contrary. It knows only the methods of death and destruction and hence it will escalate and escalate and escalate the war until it is defeated.

It is the duty of the American people to demand the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops from Iraq so that the people can regain peace and the sovereignty of their country.