People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 26, 2006
Worldwide Opposition to US Imperialism
20th marks the third anniversary of the imperialist military occupation of Iraq.
On this day, millions of people across the globe marched in protest against US
president, George Bush, and US imperialism’s
drummer boys and Bush’s cheer leaders in India will do well to look at the
worldwide growing protests. They were in the forefront of attacks against the
Left for organising protests during president Bush’s recent visit to our
country. We repeat: the only place
where Bush will not be greeted by protests is outer space.
April 9, 2003, Bush dramatically declared that
the war had been won and his mission accomplished. More than 95 per cent
of the nearly 2500 US soldiers killed and nearly 20,000 injured have
occurred since Bush’s declaration of victory.
Nearly two lakh US-led troops (USA alone
having 162,000) are in military action
unable to deal with the resistance.
According to Pentagon’s statistics released in January, the resistance
mounted 34,131 attacks in 2005 compared
to 26,496 in 2004. As far as normal
life in Iraq is concerned, it is in complete shambles.
Over 50 per cent of the people are unemployed.
Basic civic amenities like water supply, electricity, sanitation
are woefully inadequate. Malnutrition
is on the rise and misery lurks the majority of the population.
imperialism continues to brazen out growing worldwide opposition to the war and
its own lies (Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction and is linked with Al
Quaeda) which, in the first place, were used to justify US military attacks and
occupation. Bush releasing the National Security Strategy (NSS) of the USA on March 16, 2006
had the temerity to say, “We are
fighting alongside Iraqis to secure a united, stable,
and democratic Iraq – a new ally in
the war on terror, in the heart of the Middle East”.
NSS is the blueprint to extend US
hegemonic designs to larger areas of the world. Strengthening the doctrines of
regime change and pre-emptive attack, this NSS details the new targets of Iran,
Cuba, Syria, North Korea etc. The
same countries that Bush speaking in the backdrop of Purana Qila
sought India’s support for a `regime change’.
releasing the NSS states: “We choose to deal with challenges now rather than leaving them for future generations. We fight our enemies
abroad instead of waiting for them
to arrive in our country. We seek
to shape the world, not merely be shaped by it; to influence events for the
better instead of being at their mercy.”
`new world order’ that US imperialism is seeking to create today is nothing
but an expression of its `unipolar’
world. Following the end of
the Cold War bipolarity, the natural course of developments in international
relations ought to have been the movement towards multipolarity. This natural and by far the more democratic world order is
sought to be sabotaged and
circumvented by the imposition of a unipolarity in the world under USA’s
tutelage. This, it seeks to do
through its 702 military installations throughout the world in 132 countries, it
possesses nearly 10,000 active and operational nuclear warheads.
2,000 of these are on ‘hair trigger’ alert.
That the USA is on a
permanent military footing is reconfirmed by president Bush when he begins his
speech declaring the NSS by stating “America is at war”.
is this renewed aggressiveness by president Bush, when his internal popularity
ratings have dipped to 29 per cent, that is the major source of instability and
insecurity in the world today.
those who cherish their freedom, liberty and independence
will naturally protest
against such policies. Only those who
refuse to see this unfolding reality of US hegemonism
trampling upon the rights of nations and peoples of the world can
welcome and hail George Bush.
people of India, however, join their brethren the world over who are rising in
larger and bigger protests against US imperialism.