Friday, April 29, 2005

The Rise Of Legitimate Resistance in Iraq

The April 19, 2005 demonstration of more than 300,000 Iraqis in Baghdad alone (the largest in Iraq for many decades) was jointly organised by Al-Sadr movement and the Association of Muslim Scholars, showed that all Iraqis are united against US Occupation and terrorism. This unity contradicts the West perception of Iraqis as a divided society and rejects the occupiers' imperialist policy of 'divide and rule'.

"The fact is that sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq are not a product of deep-seated cultural differences. They are the product of a history of imperialism and colonialism in the region and domestic Iraqi politics", wrote Rami El-Amine of Left Turn magazine.

Resistance to foreign occupation is enshrined in people legitimate right to national liberation and sovereignty. International law grants a people fighting an illegal occupation the right to use 'all necessary means at their disposal' to end their occupation and the occupied "are entitled to seek and receive support".

The Iraqi people have the right to resist colonial aggression.


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