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This IS Vietnam Mark 2

by Matthew cookson
Issue No. 1868

EVERY DAY brings more horror for the Iraqi people. US soldiers killed 18 year old Farah Fadhil two weeks ago when they threw a grenade through her window. Her legs were shredded, her hands burnt and punctured by strips of metal. She had been walking to her window to try to plead with soldiers who were spraying bullets at her apartment.

US soldiers also shot Marwan Hassan in the same raid. He had been looking for his brother. The soldiers did not even report the killings. The US claims that it has to stop 'looters' and 'guerrillas'. But the real looters are US multinationals like Halliburton which are looting Iraq of its oil.

Bush's designs for Iraq have run into deep trouble, because of the continuing chaos in Iraq and Iraqi resistance. Bush demanded $87 billion more from the US Congress last week. He wants the United Nations to send troops to back up the occupation.

Tony Blair is sending 1,500 more British troops to Iraq. The situation in Iraq is like that of Vietnam in the 1960s, and this time Britain as well as the US is directly involved. The US establishment is sinking deeper into a quagmire. Its only response is to throw more troops into the region, to treat the people more brutally. The US lost in Vietnam. The movement against war and occupation is much bigger and stronger today than that against the war in Vietnam.

The next step to turn up the pressure on Bush and Blair is the national demonstration in London on 27 September. Everyone who opposed the war and Blair's lies should be there.


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Sat 13 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1868
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