DECLARATION ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF US TROOPS FROM IRAQ

CEOSI, January 2, 2012
IraqSolidaridad (www.iraqsolidaridad.wordpress.com)

After almost nine years of occupation, the United States has withdrawn its last troops from Iraq. Its imperialist project to control the country has totally failed. Although the occupying forces have promoted ethnic divisions, they did not achieve control of Iraq, so that the US withdrawal is a victory of the Iraqi resistance.
Nevertheless, Iraqi people have still enemies to defeat and challenges to face in this new political process. The US withdrawal has let the country in the hands of a government controlled by Iran  that the Iraqi people reject and will combat till they regain its lost sovereignty.

 
They also need to unmask Israeli support for Kurdish sectarian separatism, dismantle the armed sectarian militias and publicly denounce the role played by Al-Qaeda in favor of the US, Iran and Saudi agenda for Iraq.The US troops withdrawal must imply by all means, the withdrawal of all those people who arrived in Iraq in the shadow  of allied troops lead by the UK-US coalition that have governed the country illegally thanks to pro-Iranians such as Nuri al-Maliki or that pro-imperialists such as Ahmad al-Chalabi.

 
Iraqi governments have reigned under occupation in chaos and panic and have fuelled sectarianism amongst the Iraqi population.

 
Finally, US troops have been defeated and have gone, but we never can nor should forget the dreadful number of lives lost, and the material losses that the Iraqi people have already suffered.

 
According to Opinion Research (ORB), as long ago as February 2008 the number of Iraqis death due to US occupation reached the number of 1,033,239; those exiled and displaced reached the 5 million. Added to this was the dismantling of all institutions; the robbery of museums, archives and libraries; the destruction of a whole country; the theft of its means of subsistence; the plundering of Iraq’s natural wealth and its petrol; the cultural cleansing of Iraq and the destruction of the Iraqi social tapestryonce so coherent. To sum up, the destruction of a sovereign country that had built a different model in the Middle East, but now, according to its ranking in Foreign Policy magazine, is the ninth failed state in the world [1].

 
The final challenge for Iraqi people is to gain their lost sovereignty and to rebuild all that is destroyed, lost and stolen. Although we all know this is an almost impossible task in the near future, it must be the ultimate goal for the Iraqi people and its resistance forces.

 
The political process lead by Nuri al-Maliki, manipulated  by an illegal occupation thanks to rigged electionsthat pretended to be democratic it is not the reflection of the political aims of the Iraqi people, as was clearly shown by the demonstrations in the Iraqi streets.

 
In spite of the great burden that this situation imposes on the Iraqis, they have been able to fight against this war of aggression by any legal means bestowed by International law and conventions and by means of the inherent right to self defense of Iraq’s dignity, independence and self-determination.

 
The withdrawal of US troops had placed the task before the Young Iraqi revolution, which started its wave of protests last 25 February 2011 [2] to demand the end of the occupation and the end of the Iraqi government, which has been unable to solve the shortages in which Iraqi people have to live, with: 50% unemployment; high rates of inflation; lack of food, water, energy and electricity; lack of a functioning state administration that can offer the population essential public services. What all this means is that surviving in Iraq is a task only for heroes. But in their recent history Iraqis have demonstrated they can be more than heroes.

 

The withdrawal must permit that nationalist Iraqi movement together with the rest of factions, parties and personalities who opposed the occupation project work to maintain Iraqi unity, reject the system of sectarian and confessional quotas, apply dialogue as the only way to solve problems, defend the multiparty system and the peaceful rotation of power through rightful polls, topple the current political process (built in the shadow of the occupation)  and establish the right to petition for equal opportunities and guarantees no matter the religion, language or gender.
Today, more than ever, it is essential that the international community hail the US withdrawal and support the Iraqi people so that the resistance political forces can achieve their unity and the Iraqis can exercise their right to self-determination against Iran’s desire to launch a sectarian civil war on Iraq.

 

Also, the political resistance should denounce the situation in which the Iraqi people are living: pollution due to chemical bombs, depleted uranium and white phosphorus brought during the occupation and the period of sanctions.
We, together with the Iraqi political resistance, have to do our best to put before the International Criminal Court those accountable for the assassination of the innocent Iraqis, demand a fair trial and the payment of compensation, according to the international law [3].

 

The legitimate Iraqi resistance, the only and truly representative of the Iraqi people, is the unique guarantor for the liberty, unity and identity of Iraq, and also it is the responsible for the preservation of its wealth and its future. The Iraqi resistance is the real hope of the Iraqi people.

 
Spanish campaign Against the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq (CEOSI)

 

Notes:
1.- See the ranking of failed states at: http://www.fp-es.org/indice_estados_fallidos_2011/index.html
2.- See in Spanish the young Iraqi revolution at: Las revueltas de los jóvenes iraquíes
3.- See all the information about Kuala Lumpur tribunal on War Crimes at: http://www.brussellstribunal.org/pdf/Extempore_Judgment_KL_War_Crimes_Tribunal.pdf

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