Liasion Committee for the Fourth International statement on the USAF bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq – 15/8/14

15/08/2014 by socialistfight

LCFI statement on the USAF bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq – 15/8/14

There are two key areas in Iraq, Mesopotamia and Kurdistan which have the biggest petroleum reserves and are also regions that have very strong relations with countries that today are satellites of block that are in competition with USA-especially in Mesopotamia. The manoeuvre of imperialism is to use the attacks of mercenary troops imbued with Sunni fanaticism to control these areas in Iraq and in that way to prepare the conditions – with its extreme barbarism – for U.S. intervention. The need for an intervention by imperialism in these areas is reinforced because in Mesopotamia there are strong pro Iranian and pro Kurdish nationalist tendencies which may destabilize a member of the NATO: Turkey.

The LCFI is totally opposed to the bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq by the USAF. We do not believe that the USA is intervening here on “humanitarian” grounds; their “humanitarian” record in Iraq, in the whole of this region and today in Gaza is a sick joke. As ever the USA intervenes in defence of its own interests, in this case Kurdish oil and in pursuance of its strategic global aims, world domination for its great finance capital and transnational corporations. The three strategic targets that the US has in its cross hairs are Iran, Russia and China; these are targeted for balkanisation to install far weaker and more dependant client states ruled by their puppets to open up their economies to all the wolves of the free market. And oil is here the primary motivation for the bombing as Robert Fisk reports in the Independent of 11/8/14: Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil:

“Kurdistan accounts for 43.7 billion barrels of Iraq’s 143 billion barrels of reserves, as well as 25.5 billion barrels of unproven reserves and three to six trillion cubic metres of gas? Global oil and gas conglomerates have been flocking to Kurdistan – hence the thousands of Westerners living in Irbil, although their presence has gone largely unexplained – and poured in upwards of $10bn in investments. Mobil, Chevron, Exxon and Total are on the ground – and Isis is not going to be allowed to mess with companies like these – in a place where oil operators stand to pick up 20 per cent of all profits.” [1]

White phosphorous being used over Falluja

Illegal under international law, the US uses white phosperous over Falluja in 2004

Sunni Shi’a Alliances and conflicts

The LCFI is well aware that ISIS is funded by Saudi Arabia and they fund no one without the US say-so. The bombing is also to try to make sure al-Maliki is not put back in power but a far more pliant anti-Iran US puppet is installed. Following the two battles of Fallujah in April and November 2004 The Sunni Muslim forces were defeated and the US subsequently installed al-Maliki as prime minister in 2006. But there were big opportunities for Sunni/Shi’a cooperation in 2004 as this blog comment in 2007:

“It is an abiding paradox of contemporary Iraq that the Mahdi Army and the Sunni Arab guerrillas are slaughtering each other daily, but that young Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (the leader of the Mahdi Army) has a better political relationship with Sunni Arab MPs and leaders than any other Shiite.

During the first siege of Fallujah in late March and April of 2004, Muqtada’s Sadrists sent aid convoys to the besieged Sunnis there. In spring of 2005, the Association of Muslim Scholars (hardline Sunni) accused the Shiite Badr Corps paramilitary of having formed anti-Sunni death squads inside the special police commando units of the Ministry of the Interior. This open accusation caused a political crisis between AMS and the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Shiite fundamentalist party that sponsors the Badr Corps. It was Muqtada al-Sadr who engaged in shuttle diplomacy to calm the two parties down. He could play this role because he had credibility with both sides.

From his side, Muqtada makes a distinction between “Sunnis” on the one hand, and “Saddamis” and “Nawasib” on the other. (Nawasib are those Sunnis who have a violent hatred for the Shiites and the family of the Prophet, and nowadays in Iraq “al-Qaeda” would be such a group in Muqtada’s eyes.)

 So many Sunni fundamentalist MPs and officials of the Iraqi Accord Front (some of them rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood) are acceptable to Muqtada. He would argue that the Mahdi Army is not killing Sunnis, only Saddamis and Nawasib.” [2]

Al-Maliki ’s violent anti-Sunni attacks via death squads(which were reciprocated by Sunni jihadists, no doubt many on both sides were “black ops” by the CIA) and his alliance with Iran now saw the US in a dilemma, the orientation of al-Maliki to Iran and therefore the strengthening of the main opponent of the US in the region forced them to make a volte-face on relationships with the Sunnis. Now began the orientation to the Sunni jihadis by the Republican wing of US Imperialism in particular and hence the current crisis.

The conflict within the Shi’a is ongoing; on 20 June Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani called for a government of national unity, the phrase used by Obama to signal he wanted al-Maliki to go, Muhammad al-Sadr, the son of Muqtada al-Sadr who founded the Da`wa Party, also called on al-Maliki to step aside but was this call made with the same perspective as Ali Sistani? But “in contrast, a Da’wa Party official responded to a question about the fatwa by saying that “There is no candidate for prime minister save al-Maliki .” .” – al-Maliki now dominates the party. [3] The appointment of Haider al-Abadi, Da`wa Party deputy, as prime minister designate by Iraqi President Fuad Masum was supported by Moqtada al-Sadr: “I think that this nomination will be an important start in order to end the crisis that the people are undergoing such as security and service problems.”

But the Sadr Movement itself has asserting its own political independence from al-Maliki and may be also asserting some elements of the progressive Iraqi nationalism of 2004 but there is no way of knowing to what extent their opposition to al-Maliki is representative of genuine Iraqi nationalist anti-Imperialism which could include at least part of the Sunni population or if it represents more of the same capitulation to US Imperialism. A year ago it said:

“Mohammed Ridha Al-Khafaji, MP for the Sadr Movement’s Al-Ahrar Bloc, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “at a time when many political parties and movements expressed their rejection of Muqtada Al-Sadr’s announcement of his intention to retire, and calling on him to change his mind, we were not surprised by the position taken by the Da’wa Party, which stems from its leader Nuri Al-Maliki, and also the State of Law Coalition, who were pleased with Sadr’s announcement. We can expect much more from those who conspired with the Americans against Sadr”.” [4]

Muqtada Al-Sadr seems to have retired permanently this time, the Sadr Movement has strongly fought against al-Maliki in the elections and do not appear to be sponsored by the US in any way. Time will tell on this one.

Of vital importance is the organised working class throughout the region. Many sections of the Communist parties have been pro-imperialist or have pretended to take a neutral positions whilst these wars have been fought, this latter syndicalist position amounts to a shamefaced pro-imperialism. The Worker-Communist Party of Iraq, which the Alliance for Workers Liberty sponsors, is a prime example of this. Even more abject is the Iraqi Communist party:

“The Iraqi Communist Party opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 but decided to work with the new political institutions established after the occupation. Its secretary, Hamid Majid Mousa, accepted a position on the Interim Iraq Governing Council. The party was the principal component of the People’s Union (Iraq) list for the general election on January 30, 2005 (see Iraqi legislative election, January 2005) but filed separate lists in some governorate council elections (see for instance Ninawa governorate council election, 2005). For the Iraqi legislative election, December 2005, the party has joined the Iraqi National List of Iyad Allawi, along with other socialist, secular, moderate Sunni and moderate Shiite parties.” [5]

What is needed is a reforged Fourth International with sections in all the countries in the region.

Kurdish fighters

Kurdish fighters attempted to establish an independent homeland in Iran in 1946, but their success was only temporary. (photo: Mahmud Efendi, courtesy http://www.akaKURDISTAN.com)

The Conflicts within Kurdistan and within Imperialism

For many years the US has developed relationships with Jalal Taliban’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Massoud Barzani’s Kurdish Democratic Party. Barzani was always the favourite of the West and of Israel; Iran and Iranian Kurds supported Talibani’s PUK and the leftist PKK of Turkey who are also politically allied with the Syrian Kurds. The split came out most strongly in the Kurdish civil war, (wiki):

“The Iraqi Kurdish Civil War was a military conflict that took place between rival Kurdish factions in Iraqi Kurdistan during the mid-1990s, most notably between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Over the course of the conflict, Kurdish factions from Iran and Turkey, as well as Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish forces were drawn into the fighting, with additional involvement from the American forces. Between 3,000 to 5,000 fighters and civilians were killed throughout more than three years of warfare.” [6]

The USA strongly supported Barzani in the Civil War but the outcome was a compromise; Talibani had to agree to expel the Iranian, Turkish and Syrians Kurds in return for sharing power with Barzani. Talibani was later installed as a US puppet President of all Iraq until recently. So politically Talibani’s PUK was slightly to the left and slightly more anti-Imperialist than Barzani and to the left of them were the PKK dominated groups led by Abdullah Öcalan, their allies in the Civil War. Öcalan has been a prisoner of Turkey since 1999 and has made a “historic compromise” with Imperialism, taking as his mentors Gerry Adams and Nelson Mandela. However there was open revolt in the PKK to this and now the PKK with their Syrian allies have intervened into Iraqi Kurdistan and has begun fighting the ISIS to some effect, another reason for the USAF to begin bombing. According to German Left Party (Die Linke) MP Ulla Jelpke in her blog The Rojava Report:

“PKK, not US planes, saved tens of thousands. He said that the PKK was ‘a guarantee of life’ for Yezidis and Christians in South Kurdistan and Iraq. Jelpke recalled that while the PKK is on EU and US ‘terror lists’, ISIS terrorists had carried out attacks in Syria using NATO member Turkey’s territory.

“In a press statement regarding the situation of the tens of thousands of refugees who fled Sinjar, Ulla Jelpke stressed that it was not the US air strikes that were protecting the people from ISIS massacres. Jelpke drew attention to the role played by the PKK and YPG in preventing massacres, adding: “the US bombardment of ‘jihadis’ who have taken over towns and villages in Northern Iraq only puts the civilian population in danger. The Kurdish militia, in particular the PKK guerrillas, are putting up the most active defence against these terrorist gangs. Jelpke noted that many people who had been rescued from the threat of slaughter had told her, ‘Allah and the PKK eventually saved us.’ She added: “PKK guerrillas and the Rojava militia (YPG-YPJ) in alliance with them succeeded in opening a corridor from the mountains of Sinjar to the Syrian border for the refugees. In this way in the last few days tens of thousands of people, in particular Yezidis, have managed to escape the ISIS butchers.”

‘Support from Turkey and the Gulf for ISIS must end’

“The Die Linke MP added that the PKK was a guarantee of safety for the Yezidis and Christians in northern regions of Iraq, warning the US and European governments about their policies towards Turkey. Jelpke concluded by saying: “while the PKK is still on the US terror list, ISIS murderers fighting in the name of Allah are using Turkish territory to carry out attacks in Syria. If the US government and its allies are going to wage a serious struggle against ISIS, they must first end the support for the ‘jihadis’ coming from Turkey and the Gulf states.” [7]

The West has not protested their fight against Syrian Kurds, only Iraqi Kurds. The goal of US bombing is to protect their interests in Iraqi Kurdistan and push ISIS south. American military analysts have stated repeatedly that these air raids are not intended to change the course of the war and are not intended to aid al-Maliki, much less Assad. The goal is to break up the country.

US Imperialism is not homogeneous. Republicans and Democrats manoeuvre against each other and are internal and external pawns in the intra-imperialist struggle against rival monopolies. Republicans and Zionist sponsored ISIS. The entire world knows that Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona is the godfather of ISIS. McCain and Republicans hawks sponsored and encouraged the jihadists in Syria even before the terrorist group took control of the oil regions of Damascus.

“ISIS is a by-product of the mercenaries of Al Qaeda, as crack is a by-product of cocaine. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic hawk, harshly criticized Obama, demanding to know why he had not sponsored the “moderate” Syrian mercenary groups stronger. This gave ISIS a large advantage over other mercenary groups, which have practically dissolved now or joined ISIS.” [8]

As we see from the following blogs;

“The bombings ordered by Obama, representing the Democratic wing of imperialism, against ISIS are only timid attempts to protect their puppet mercenaries amongst the Kurds. In turn, the ISIS is a puppet of the Republican wing of imperialism, Israel, the multinational oil company Aramco, and Saudi Arabia.“ [9] [10]

Just like after the crisis of the third century of the Roman Empire [11], in the USA, after the 2008 crisis, the different fractions of imperialism increasingly resort to mercenary groups (Academi / Blackwater, Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc.) to achieve their aims. They manipulate these mercenaries against the interests of their imperialist fractional opponent, American or not. The worsening intra-imperialist struggle, as well as sanctions against Moscow, and the military siege against Beijing, has forced the bourgeoisie of Russia and China to go further than they wish along the road to a break with the imperialist USA; they have begun to construct an economic and military bloc for mutual defence.

  • Shi’a and Sunni unite to defeat Imperialism in the whole region!
  • For an anti-Imperialist United Front of all the oppressed minorities and the working class!
  • For the military defeat of the US and all its proxy armies and Jihadis mercenaries!
  • Build sections of the Revolution reforged Fourth International in the region!

Notes

[1] Robert Fisk, Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-crisis-wests-mandate-limited-by-national-borders–and-dont-dare-mention-oil-9660393.html

[2] Muqtada Al Sadr And Sunnis, Mickey Kaus, http://www.juancole.com/2007/01/muqtada-al-sadr-and-sunnis-mickey-kaus.html

[3] Iraq: Ayatollah Sistani hints that Parliament should dump al-al-Maliki as Muqtada mobilizes “Peace Brigades”, http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/ayatollah-parliament-mobilizes.html

[4] Sadrist MP says movement “most powerful” in Iraq, Wednesday, 14 Aug, 2013 http://www.aawsat.net/2013/08/article55313458

[5] Iraqi Communist Party, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Communist_Party

[6] Iraqi Kurdish Civil War, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Kurdish_Civil_War

[7] News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan August 11:

http://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/ygp-move-to-border-to-assist-pesmerge-across-border/ :

[8] Moon of Alabama, The Islamic State Prepares For A Big Attack – Baghdad Or Aleppo? August 10, 2014 http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/08/the-islamic-state-prepares-for-a-big-attack-baghdad-or-aleppo.html ).

[9] Before our eyes, Voltairenet.org. Jihadism and the Petroleum Industry, by Thierry Meyssan (http://www.voltairenet.org/article184382.html).”

[10] ISIL work for Israel, Aramco, Saudi Arab and Republicans: http://www.voltairenet.org/article184382.html

[11] Western Roman Empire, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia

“The Western Empire’s resources were much limited, and the lack of available manpower forced the government to rely ever more on confederate barbarian troops operating under their own commanders, where the Western Empire would often have difficulties paying. In certain cases deals were struck with the leaders of barbaric mercenaries rewarding them with land, which led to the Empire’s decline as less land meant there would be even less taxes to support the military. As the central power weakened, the State gradually lost control of its borders and provinces, as well as control over the Mediterranean Sea. Roman Emperors tried to maintain control of the sea, but, once the Vandals conquered North Africa; imperial authorities had to cover too much ground with too few resources. The loss of the African provinces might have been the worse reversal on the West’s fortunes, since they were among its wealthiest territories and supplied the essential grain imports to Italy. In many places, the Roman institutions collapsed along with the economic stability.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Roman_Empire

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