June 30th: End the Occupation!
June 30th: End the Occupation!
On the front door of my house is a sign, "Bring the Troops Home Now!" It's been there for months. I hope it's not there for years.
Events in Iraq over the past few weeks could mean a speeded up timetable for ending the U.S./British occupation, but this will happen only if the peace movement in this country and internationally siezes the political opportunity that has opened up for us.
As this is being written the special United Nations envoy to
Why are they doing this? Clearly, it is because they are in deep s__t in
Internationally, they face the withdrawal of Spanish troops by June 30th, public criticism by a top Polish leader and continued opposition from many governments.
Within this context, Blair and Bush have opted to get behind the U.N. proposal with the intention of influencing how it is implemented so that they can remain the dominant force in Iraq, whatever the changed character of the supposedly "sovereign," new Iraqi regime.
It would be a very big mistake, however, for the peace movement to accept this situation and make no effort to intervene politically. There's a lot of fluidity right now.
An expected new U.N. Security Council resolution will offer opportunities for the countries which opposed the
While we are opposed to all forms of domination and imperialism, the fact is that at particular historical moments the divisions between competing imperialist powers can be utilized by the people's movements to push back the most vicious and dangerous plans and open up possibilities for victories.
Here in the
and not the U.N.--which must be clearly authorized by the U.N. as the body to make decisions about the composition and functioning of police and peace-keeping forces to deal with the extensive crime wave that is hurting large numbers of the Iraqi people. This body must be fully in charge of the political process leading toward democratic elections, calling upon whatever international resources and assistance they decide is needed.
Progressive members of Congress, like Dennis Kucinich, should take the initiative to introduce legislation demanding that the
John Kerry should be publicly urged and pressured to do the same. Although he's unlikely to take such a step, massive political pressure from below could force him to take stronger positions than his current ones.
Ralph Nader should make this a major issue right now. He should issue a public statement along these lines, following the lead of Green Party potential Presidential candidate David Cobb. If he meets with Kerry soon, as press reports have indicated is to be happening, this should be one of the major issues on which he presses him.
May 15th is Armed Forces Day. Perhaps this is a day for large local peace demonstrations all over the country.
In whatever ways are possible we must all raise the demands, "Troops Home by June 30th; End the Occupation!"
Political movements that are effective are able to recognize historical moments for what they are and take action accordingly. It seems to me we are at such a moment in the case of
Ted Glick is the National Coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network (www.ippn.org), although these ideas are solely his own. He can be reached at futurehopeTG@aol.com or