End the Imperialist war: Troops out now!

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The Iraq war is illegal and based on lies. John Howard sent young Australians to war for two reasons. One was to lend a hand to the Neocon gang that holds power in the White House. Two was to make certain that Australia’s strategic interests in the Middle East, in particular its agricultural trade, were not disturbed by the invasion. Most of us wonder what else we’re being kept in the dark about. Plenty. Like the illegal use of phosphorus bombs in Fallujah that incinerated thousands of civilians after the so-called “cessation of major hostilities.”

Rigged poll. The result of the recent parliamentary election was always intended to produce a government friendly to the invading coalition. In late December, a top U.S. commander admitted that the majority of Iraqis want the troops out — now. So what are they still doing there if it’s not in the Iraqi people’s interests, and against their will? Protecting imperialist interests. Australia’s invading force is fighting for profits, not people’s rights.

Armed resistance is a legitimate tactic against an invading army. One of Australia’s greatest military heroes is Nancy Wake, who worked with the French Resistance in the Second World War. Was she a “foreign terrorist”? In the Nazis’ eyes, undoubtedly. When you barge into someone’s country with bombs and bullets, you have to expect that there will be resistance. And if some of that resistance is in the form of bombs and bullets, remember that a gun is a weapon with a worker at both ends and the bloodshed lies at the feet of those who organised and defended the invasion.

Cash for corpses is what this war is about. Every citizen of Iraq has a right to demand the end of the war and, sedition laws to the contrary, working people here have a right to agree. How many bushels of wheat equate to the life of a girl in Fallujah? How many sheep for a farmer in Tikrit? Will 30 bales of wool make up for the murder of a Baghdad woman on her way to market? The killing must stop now. Troops out of Iraq — alive — now! And if they come back dead, their blood stains John Howard’s hands.

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