[Marxism] WWP Statement on Hussein Execution

Greg Butterfield gregb at wwpublish.com
Sat Dec 30 04:35:00 MST 2006


Another U.S. war crime in Baghdad
Workers World statement on the
execution/assassination of Saddam Hussein

Published Dec 29, 2006 11:32 PM

The U.S. government has committed another war crime 
against the Iraqi people, one of many, with its execution 
of President Saddam Hussein. In reality, this is an 
assassination of the head of state of the nation of Iraq, 
which is currently occupied and ruled by U.S. imperialism.

Forget the fiction that this killing is a sovereign act of 
the current Iraqi "government," a puppet regime set up by 
the U.S. occupiers that can't even control the Green Zone 
of Baghdad.

U.S. forces arrested Saddam Hussein. They have kept him on 
a U.S. air base—Camp Cropper—since his arrest. They tried 
him with no legal basis in a kangaroo court under U.S. 
tutelage. They sentenced him according to the Bush 
administration's schedule to attempt to influence the 
November 2006 elections in the U.S. And now they have 
executed him to fit Bush's propaganda offensive aimed at 
re-escalating a war the U.S. has already lost.

This act only adds to the suffering of the Iraqi people 
and of those young soldiers sent by the politicians to do 
the dirty work of U.S. imperialism.

Bush will attempt to use this murder of the Iraqi 
president to show that he is back in control of the 
situation. The leader of the world's largest imperial 
power is now parading the head of his adversary on a pike 
in an effort to obscure the fact that U.S. military deaths 
are about to top 3,000. He hopes to obliterate the Iraq 
Study Group's judgment that the U.S. invasion and 
occupation of Iraq has been a disaster.

The Pentagon, which in fact is against any Iraqis who 
fight for their sovereignty, has also launched an 
offensive against the Shiite-based Mahdi Army. The Bush 
gang is scrambling to come up with a way of sending more 
troops to Iraq than those available in the U.S. Army and 
Marine Corps, National Guard and Reserves.

Washington, not Saddam Hussein, is responsible for the 
deaths of over 2 million Iraqis during 16 years of wars 
and sanctions. No one should be fooled by Bush's 
statements of sympathy with any sector of the Iraqi 
people. No one should be fooled into thinking that the 
U.S.-ordered murder of Saddam Hussein will end the Iraqi 
resistance to Washington's occupation or will put the U.S. 
occupation forces or the puppet Iraqi regime in greater 
control.

The future of Iraq will be determined by Iraqis who are 
free from U.S. control and who now are fighting against 
the occupation.

Whatever one's evaluation of Saddam Hussein's role as 
president of Iraq, his role in history has been set by 
this murder. He died as an Iraqi leader who stood up to 
invaders from the most powerful empire the world has 
known.

Only when George W. Bush and the other war criminals in 
Washington are put on trial will the Iraqi people begin to 
obtain justice.

Workers World, Dec. 30, 2006


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