Iraq: new US policy of strike and stroke
Out of the flurry of discussions in the White House, the US administration has adopted a "new" policy which can best be described as "strike and stroke". This change in approach is in response to the stepped up resistance of the Iraqi people to the occupation of their country and to the deaths of an increasing number of US troops. One side of the policy is code-named "iron hammer". It calls for "tough" suppression of every sign of opposition. Houses are being raided with the troops smashing down the doors of the homes of Iraqi families. Helicopters are buzzing in the skies and at least one guided missile has been fired. This use of the iron fist is the classical response of imperialism when confronted with the fact that the people of a country oppose being occupied and exploited. At the same time we are told that the hand-over of the administration to an Iraqi administration is to be speeded up. This claim does not signify any genuine intention to hand power to an independent and democratically elected Iraqi government. It is merely a manoeuvre to cover the continued occupation by US troops and to give the illusion of self-government. Paul Bremer, the US administrator was able to immediately announce that this allegedly "independent" administration had agreed to the continued stationing of US troops in the country — even though it has still to be established. What independence? At the same time it was announced that Americans would draft a future Iraqi Constitution. US corporations have already moved in to seize control of Iraqi resources, particularly oil and other, at present, publicly owned infrastructure and enterprises. This includes the Iraqi media which will then be declared to be "free". Iraq would continue to be economically, politically and militarily controlled. The only genuine way forward for the Iraqi people is the expulsion of the "coalition" occupation forces — the US, British, Australian, Polish, Spanish and others military forces. Only when their country is free of the occupiers will the Iraqi people be able to decide freely their own future.