US allies in shock and awe
Over the last week there has been a massive shift in the resistance
to the US led occupation. There has been a shift from car bombings,
suicide attacks and small scale raids to full scale military operations.
Occupying forces have been driven out of whole areas of Iraq and
where the military operations are less pronounced massive demonstrations
have taken place.
One thing that the ongoing troubles highlight is the consistent lies
of the occupying governments.
When the first military victory had taken place and there were still
discontents it was blamed on remnants of the old regime. Then it was
blamed on Al Quaida sympathisers pouring into the country. Now it is
blamed on religious factions. This is not to say that none of these
people exist - only that they are not the root cause of the resistance,
the occupation is.
Consistently we were told that the population welcomed the occupying
forces - yet when mass demonstrations take place it becomes harder and
harder to say this.
Consistently we have been told that its just a blip - when Saddam was
first captured there was an upsurge of violence - the coalition told us
that this was expected but will soon die down. But it hasn't, it can't
and it won't because the Iraqi people want their country back and the
longer that the invading armies remain, with all the unpleasantness that
this entails, the hatred will build and build.
Look at Afghanistan years after the instillation of the puppet
government. Still Western forces have not militarily defeated the
country, still there is no democracy (even in the liberal, capitalist
sense) and all the so called effects of liberation (like the actual abolition
of the burka) have yet to be seen.
I suppose it's a well worn point that governments lie to their
populations, that the newspapers tout today's lie with the same
enthusiasm that they touted last week's untruth - but it is worth
remembering that these were the lies that made some waver and think -
perhaps the war will bring benefits.
The effect of the current fighting will be long ranging. When the Tet
offensive took place during the Vietnam war militarily the north
Vietnamese army made few gains and took huge losses just to take towns
and cities for a short while - but what it showed the world was that
superpowers can be beaten, that ragged trousers and simple weapons can
humble the richest and most vicious power on the planet.
Whatever the short term outcome of the current fighting in the long
run it breaks open the lie that the majority welcome the occupation, it
dents the confidence of the occupation armies making their position more
and more untenable, it will prevent the UN from giving a fig leaf of
legitimacy to the occupation and last but not least it will show all
those who are afraid to fight imperialism it is possible to fight and