Iraq: Not Liberation But Colonial Oppression
- FOR THE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, THIS IS NOT LIBERATION BUT A
NEW COLONIAL OPPRESSION
Robert Fisk, Independent, 4/17/03
It's going wrong, faster than anyone could have imagined. The army
of "liberation" has already turned into the army of occupation. The
Shias are threatening to fight the Americans, to create their own war
The Americans have now issued a "Message to the Citizens of Baghdad",
a document as colonial in spirit as it is insensitive in
tone. "Please avoid leaving your homes during the night hours after
evening prayers and before the call to morning prayers," it tells the
people of the city.
"During this time, terrorist forces associated with the former regime
Saddam Hussein, as well as various criminal elements, are known to
move through the area ... please do not leave your homes during this
time. During all hours, please approach Coalition military positions
with extreme caution ..."
So now with neither electricity nor running water the millions of
Iraqis here are ordered to stay in their homes from dusk to dawn.
Lockdown. It's a form of imprisonment. In their own country. Written
by the command of the 1st US Marine Division, it's a curfew in all
Everywhere are the signs of collapse. And everywhere the signs that
America's promises of "freedom" and "democracy" are not to be
Why, Iraqis are asking, did the United States allow the entire Iraqi
cabinet to escape? And they're right. Not just the Beast of Baghdad
and his two sons, Qusay and Uday, but the Vice-President, Taha Yassin
Ramadan, the Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, Saddam's personal
adviser, Dr A K Hashimi, the ministers of defence, health, the
economy, trade, even Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the Minister of
SURRENDER OF IRANIAN GROUP CREATES DILEMMA FOR U.S.
Juan O. Tamayo, Knight Ridder, 4/17/03
MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Iraq - An Iranian exile group long
protected by Saddam Hussein's regime has agreed to surrender to U.S.
forces, raising a difficult question about whether its members will
be sent back to Iran.
The Mujahedeen Khalq did not fight U.S. troops during the recent war.
But members did kill several U.S. military personnel in Iran in the
1970s and later staged terrorist attacks on the Islamic regime there.
The State Department has placed the group on the list of
international terrorist organizations.
The surrender raises tricky questions. Under the Geneva Conventions,
if the fighters are treated as enemy prisoners of war, they are
supposed to be returned to their home countries at the end of
hostilities. But that could mean certain death for this group.
"It's going to take the State Department to sort out their status,
because repatriation to Iran is something they will not want," said
Marine Maj. Michael Lindemann, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's
intelligence expert on the Mujahedeen Khalq.
The situation could be further complicated because the group and its
political arm, the National Council of Resistance, have had wide
support in the U.S. Congress as a leading group opposing the anti-
U.S. clerics who have ruled Iran since 1979...
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