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    Vol.62/No.4           February 2, 1998 
Protest U.S. War Moves On Iraq  
We urge our readers to help organize more picket lines, demonstrations, public forums and other activities opposing Washington's latest provocations against Iraq. The recent actions are important examples for working-class fighters and youth to emulate.

What's needed is a working-class campaign against U.S. imperialism and its war preparations, to tell the truth about Clinton's military threats. Socialist workers and youth should take this campaign to co-workers on the job, at plant gates, on campuses, at street corners, in Black and other workers' neighborhoods, and to GIs at military bases.

It's essential not only to oppose any bombing, but for workers and farmers around the world to demand an end to the U.S.-led sanctions and the withdrawal of all UN "weapons inspectors" from Iraqi soil. The inspectors' allegations of chemical and biological weapons are simply a pretext used by Washington to justify provocations and maintain its massive military arsenal in the region to intimidate workers and peasants who dare to fight to change their living conditions.

The U.S. imperialists' war moves are aimed at economically draining, politically oppressing, and militarily subjugating the Iraqi people. They aim to overthrow the Hussein government in order to strengthen their domination in the region at the expense of their rivals in Japan, Germany and France. Washington seeks more control over raw materials, markets and access to superexploitation of low-paid labor.

Workers, farmers, rebel-minded youth should join the campaign against imperialism and war using books and pamphlets that help explain the declining capitalist world order.

Among the most important tools are the issues of the Marxist magazine New International with the articles "The Opening Guns of World War III: Washington's Assault on Iraq" and "Imperialism's March toward Fascism and War," along with The Changing Face of U.S. Politics: Working-Class Politics and the Trade Unions by Jack Barnes. Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Bolshevik leader V.I. Lenin and U.S. Hands off the Mideast! Cuba Speaks Out at the United Nations, by Fidel Castro and Ricardo Alarcón are invaluable as well. The latter shows the role played by revolutionary Cuba condemning the U.S.- led slaughter against the Iraqi people in 1990-91 and charting a course of action to defend the interests of working people around the world.

Now is the time to organize protests and speakouts demanding:

U.S. hands off Iraq!

End the sanctions now!

Get all UN inspectors out of Iraq!  
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