The "Loyal Opposition" Has No Clothes Either!

January 29, 2007

The whole world is demanding an end to the U.S. government's aggressive war against Iraq and its entire "global war against terrorism." The people are filled to the brim and beyond by the fact that, despite the universal demand for peace, the U.S. government is escalating the war.

Facing this universal condemnation, the U.S. government is desperate. It is trying to buy itself time to continue the war by trying to create the illusion that the very same government which is prosecuting the war, is, at the same time, opposing it.

How is this farce enacted?

Some Senators are being advertised as "anti-war" because they have introduced a nonbinding resolution expressing opposition to Bush's recent announcement on increasing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Forget the fact that just 3 months ago, every single one of today's "anti-war" Senators gave Bush yet another emergency fund of $70 billion for the war. Forget the fact the Democratic Party - the so-called "peace" party - controls both houses of Congress and has no intention of cutting off funds for the war. Forget the fact that all the "anti-war" politicians boast that their primary concern is to find the "most effective strategy" to win both the war in Iraq and the "global war on terrorism."

No, it is not "anti-war" to vote money for the war. It is not "anti-war" to "demand" that 135,000 troops, instead of 155,000, be deployed in Iraq. The only anti-war stand is for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops.

The very first sentence of the nonbinding resolution offered by the so-called "anti-war" Senators tells their real motive: "Whereas the United States strategy and presence on the ground in Iraq can only be sustained with the support of the American people and bipartisan support from Congress." Indeed. This is what all the empty words of the Democratic and Republican politicians are about. They aim at creating the illusion of opposition in order to slow down the struggles of the people and win support for the ongoing wars of the U.S. government.

We must not give the warmakers any breathing room. Rather we must intensify our mass struggles to demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.