spotArguments for socialism




spotAround the UK

All keywords

All People subcategories:


* International figures

Labour Party figures




Other UK politicans

Socialist Party and CWI public figures

Tory figures

Trade union figures


Writers and artists

International figures keywords:

Ahmadinejad (15)

Al Gore (4)

Alan Greenspan (3)

Albert Einstein (2)

Alistair Darling (13)

Ariel Sharon (24)

Ariel Sharon (24)

Avigdor Liberman (1)

Babeuf (2)

Bashar al-Assad (7)

Bashar al-Assad (7)

Benazir Bhutto (3)

Benito Mussolini (1)

Berlusconi (21)

Bertie Ahern (3)

Boris Yeltsin (2)

Charles Darwin (2)

Che Guevara (20)

Cindy Sheehan (8)

Daniel Ortega (3)

David Kelly (4)

Dmitry Medvedev (2)

Donald Trump (64)

Ehud Barak (1)

Eleanor Marx (19)

Fidel Castro (11)

Gaddafi (19)

General Franco (1)

General Suharto (1)

George Best (1)

George Bush (81)

Hilary Clinton (4)

Hitler (22)

Hosni Mubarak (8)

Hugo Chávez (32)

Jacob Zuma (9)

Jacques Chirac (4)

Jean Bertrand Aristide (2)

Jean-Marie Le Pen (3)

Jeff Bezos (5)

John Maynard Keynes (2)

Joseph McCarthy (2)

Junichiro Koizumi (1)

Karl Liebknecht (6)

Lenin (68)

Lula (23)

Mahinda Rajapaksa (10)

Mahmood Abbas (2)

Malcolm X (33)

Mao Zedong (5)

Marine Le Pen (7)

Mikhail Gorbachev (4)

Mugabe (11)

Mussolini (4)

Napoleon Bonaparte (2)

Nicolas Sarkozy (7)

Obama (66)

Osama Bin Laden (2)

Paul Krugman (4)

Paul Wolfowitz (1)

Pervez Musharraf (7)

Pinochet (19)

Pope John Paul II (1)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2)

Richard Branson (14)

Robespierre (5)

Romano Prodi (4)

Ronald Reagan (2)

Rosa Luxemburg (21)

Rupert Murdoch (27)

Saddam Hussein (30)

Sarkozy (16)

Silvio Berlusconi (4)

Stalin (44)

Thabo Mbeki (2)

Tim Flannery (1)

Tony Blair (152)

Trotsky (133)

Trump (149)

Vladimir Putin (18)

Yasser Arafat (8)

George Bush

Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 322, 8 November 2003: End The Occupation Of Iraq

Search site for keywords: George Bush - Occupation - Iraq - Protest - US

Protest against George Bush visit

End The Occupation Of Iraq

George Bush: the angel of death is here - can't you hear the beating of it's wings, photo by Alan Hardman

George Bush: the angel of death is here - can't you hear the beating of it's wings, photo by Alan Hardman

THE NIGHTMARE scenario for George Bush - a Vietnam-like guerrilla war - looms larger with each day the US-led occupation of Iraq continues.

After 15 US soldiers died when their Chinook helicopter was downed even White House hawk Donald Rumsfeld admitted: "It is a tragic day for Americans".

But it is a tragedy entirely of the making of George Bush and his coalition buddy Tony Blair.

They both conspired to effect "regime change" in Iraq by fabricating evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Then, having blitzed Iraq with deadly munitions killing many Iraqis, hundreds of thousands of US troops backed by British forces invaded. In the chaos of occupation a further 10,000 Iraqis have died.


And where is the bright new future that Bush and Blair promised the long-suffering Iraqis? It doesn't exist. Instead, there is mass unemployment and widespread poverty.

Health and education services barely function, even petrol in this oil-rich country is scarce. Shootings, kidnappings, rapes and looting continues unabated.

And what about "democracy", long denied to Iraqis under the regime of Saddam Hussein? There isn't any. Iraq is run by the US pro-consul Paul Bremer.

A hand-picked group of rich exiles sits on the Iraqi Governing Council which meekly rubber stamps decisions of the occupying forces. There is no timetable for a self-governing Iraqi democracy.


But, isn't there reconstruction? Half of the $20 billion 'aid' voted by the US Congress is in the form of a loan. In other words, Iraqis must pay for their homes, schools, power stations and water treatment facilities that were wrecked by US munitions.

And the companies which are involved in rebuilding are US multinationals like Halliburton, formerly run by US Vice-President Dick Cheney, which will make handsome profits. Iraqis won't even own their country's industry. All state enterprises (apart from oil whose revenues will be used to pay for occupation) will be privatised.

Bush - the angel of death, photo Alan Hardman

Bush - the angel of death, photo Alan Hardman

It's of little wonder then that anger and resentment is growing daily inside Iraq. Attacks on US troops and foreign workers are increasing every day. The spectre of Vietnam is raising its head over increasingly demoralised US forces.

The social liberation of Iraqis and the US-led imperialist occupation is incompatible. Freedom and democracy can only come about through a socialist movement of Iraqi workers and poor, with the support of mass movements of the working class internationally.

Between 19-21 November George Bush will visit his lapdog, Tony Blair.

This will be an opportunity for the anti-war opposition to take to the streets to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq and an end to the rotten capitalist system that the two warmongers represent.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £


Your message: 


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020