The grotesque photos flashed around the world from Abu Ghraib prison in U.S.-occupied Iraq have totally demolished the official Bush line that the U.S. went in to "liberate" Iraq and institute "democray." This "liberation" is now identified with a young American woman soldier holding a groveling, naked
Iraqi prisioner tethered to a leash like an animal.
The photos only partially expose a small part of the terror and atrocities which in fact are meted out daily within the U.S. and to the global victims of U.S. imperialism. Through time, an awful network of torture and death
has spanned the world, from the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the death rows of Texas; from the systematic mass murder and torture of Vietnamese
liberation fighters in the CIA's "Operation Phonenix" program in Vietnam to the death squads of Latin America; from Britain's Long Kesh prison basements of French colonial Algiers and Chile's Santiago Stadium to Israel's Ashkelon.
These are the conscious policies of imperialist and neocolonialist ruling regimes who routinely use terror and degradation as tools to maintain their power.
The Democratic party is trying to exploit widespread revulsion at the newly exposed sexual abuse and torture by American troops and mercenaries in Iraq to fuel their campaign to take over the White House. In reality, the crimes and destruction for which U.S. imperialists are known worldwide were chiefly carried out under Democratic Party administrations: the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the reduction of North Korea to rubble in the war carried out under United Nations aegis in the early 1950's; the napalming and systematic
devastation of Vietnam; and the terror bombing of Serbia under Clinton in 1999.
Under the brutal U.S. military occupation today, every blow against the U.S. and its dwindling "coalition of the willing" is, objectively, in the
interest of workers worldwide. At the same time, we steadfastly oppose the communalist violence carried out by clerical reactionaries and the remnants of
the Ba'athist regime. The crucial force that must be mobilized politically to strike a blow against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is the multiracial proletariat at home. U.S. out of Iraq!
-reprinted from workers vanguard, May 14, 2004, No. 826