Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Iraq Occupation Policy Under John Kerry
By Abu Spinoza
Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., has no intention of withdrawing Anglo-American occupation forces from Iraq. U.S. policy in Iraq under John Kerry would possibly be even worse than under Bush #2. John Kerry’s op-ed piece, “A Strategy for Iraq,” which appeared in the Washington Post (April 13, 2004), clearly shows that despite his rhetoric, the Democratic nominee has neither the temperament nor any intention to end the violence and occupation.
Kerry begins with grandiose declarations, such as: “To be successful in Iraq, and in any war for that matter, our use of force must be tied to a political objective more complete than the ouster of a regime,” and “Americans of all political persuasions are united in our determination to succeed.” Indicative of his mentality Kerry solemnly avers that the Iraqi resistance will not succeed “in forcing the premature withdrawal of U.S. troops.” He is very much committed to the neo-conservative lie that “Our country is committed to help the Iraqis build a stable, peaceful and pluralistic society.” Facts and history do not matter to him and his ilk.
No doubt Kerry genuinely believes that the United States is in the business of “helping” Iraqis by killing them through decades of sanctions, the use of depleted uranium, bombing cities and villages, and inflicting collective punishment, just as he himself was part of the machinery in the business of constructing “a stable, peaceful and pluralistic society” in Asia by slaughtering peasants and killing millions in Vietnam. This has been the standard operating practice. He knows the trade and is unwilling to stop the massacres.