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Iraq: Not Liberation But Colonial Oppression

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    FOR THE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, THIS IS NOT LIBERATION BUT A NEW COLONIAL OPPRESSION Robert Fisk, Independent, 4/17/03
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 18, 2003
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      FOR THE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, THIS IS NOT LIBERATION BUT A
      NEW COLONIAL OPPRESSION
      Robert Fisk, Independent, 4/17/03
      http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=397925

      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
      of "liberation"...

      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
      of
      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
      but name...

      Everywhere are the signs of collapse. And everywhere the signs that
      America's promises of "freedom" and "democracy" are not to be
      honoured.

      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
      Information...

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      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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