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Iraq round-up

Issue No. 1966

Kurds demand true democracy

London-based Kurdish activist and member of Respect’s national council Sait Akgul spoke to Socialist Worker about the proposed Iraq constitution

A legitimate constitution can only be put together under a democracy. You cannot create a legitimate constitution under an occupation.

And Iraq is not a democracy. The so-called parliament has no mandate to push through this constitution.

The whole process has been rotten from the start — from the elections onwards. Fears about what would happen after the invasion have been realised.

The occupation has attempted to split the country into three parts.

Things that were bad under the Saddam regime have been made worse.

Iraq must be shaped by the people not by US troops.

Freedom was always a right for the Kurds, and it will come through struggle. It cannot come about under occupation.

Al Sharpton speaks out

Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist and former US presidential contender, has joined Cindy Sheehan’s campaign against the war.

Sheehan has been protesting outside George Bush’s Texas ranch following the death of her son in Iraq.

Sharpton took part in a meeting at Camp Casey, where Sheehan and her growing number of supporters have been camped for almost a month.

He said, “It is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous. This is not about politics. This is not about Republican or Democrat. This is about right and wrong.”

Actor Martin Sheen also attended the meeting near Bush’s ranch as the campaign gathered momentum.

Sheehan camp focuses anger

Cindy Sheehan’s campaign has given growing numbers in the US confidence to oppose the war.

Andre Lieurance, a retired naval officer from Tennessee whose son Victoir was killed in Iraq at the beginning of August, spoke to the New York Times. “I just want some answers about why we’re over there. I don’t even see the purpose any more,” he said.

Bonnie Bolinger from New York state lost her son Eric in April. “I got cards from all kinds of politicians.

“But Mr Bush doesn’t have time to recognise those men who died for their country.”

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Sat 3 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1966
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