Iraq violence fuelled by globalisation says Green MEP
VIOLENCE in Iraq is being driven by the plunder of Iraq's economic resources and
continued attempts to subject the country to the forces of economic
globalisation, a Green Party MEP has warned.
The resistance to ongoing occupation is fuelled by opposition to economic as
well as political and military factors, according to veteran peace campaigner
Attacks on Iraqi and US security forces will continue as long as attempts to
prise open Iraqi markets to international trade and foreign investors are
maintained, the MEP said.
"The violence in Iraq has shown no signs of abating since last month's election,
dashing Blair's hopes that the issue will now go away until after the general
election here in the UK.
"The attacks - such as the two reported car bombings which killed 33 Iraqi
police officers just this week - will continue as long as the occupying forces
preside over the take-over of the Iraqi economy by the forces of globalisation."
Dr Lucas, who is co-president of the European Parliament's cross-party groups on
peace and globalisation, a member of CND's national council and serves on the
advisory board for the International Forum on Globalisation, made her comments
at a public meeting hosted by the Stop the War
Coalition in Bristol.
Citing 'Order 81', the new Iraqi law prohibiting Iraqi farmers from re-using
saved wheat seeds and obliging them to abandon traditional agricultural methods
in the face of international intellectual property laws granting wheat patents
to US-owned agribusiness firms, Dr Lucas said Iraqi self-determination is as
much about economic as military control.
"Resistance to the occupation will continue as long as allied forces - and
those Iraqis trained by them - continue behaving like an occupation force and
presiding over the transfer of power and resources from Iraq to their political
sponsors 'back home'," said Dr Lucas.
"Forcing the oldest agricultural economy in the world to abandon its traditional
practises, justifying doing so by claiming that the effect of the west's own
sanctions regime is evidence that local methods are failing, is indicative of
the allies' real intent in Iraq: opening its economy up to the forces of
economic globalisation and establishing the framework for a profitable future
for US firms doing business in Iraq.
"This has been the agenda of colonial occupation forces throughout history: and
the experience of India and Africa teach us that 'insurgent' violence continues,
at terrible human costs, until the occupation ends economically, politically and
The South-East Euro-MP added: "Last month's historic, if flawed, election was a
step forward for the peoples of Iraq, but only a tiny first step. It's no
surprise that it hasn't put a stop to the violence."
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