Najaf - now forwards towards an Iraqi revolution!
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The demonstration against the American occupation at Najaf marks the opening of a potentially unique and qualitatively new phase in the Iraqi civil war. The hundreds of thousands who marched carrying Iraqi flags and banners proclaiming an end to occupation express a move away from passive opposition and towards mobilised open hostility against the
Instead of the limited effectiveness of the role of individual terrorism and urban guerrilla actions, a potentially new weapon of immeasurably greater force now lies in the hands of the Iraqi people. Insurgency is mostly containable if sufficient counter-forces and perseverance is maintained, but a popular national war of liberation, which grows out of the mass participation of the whole people, is an unstoppable force for any army. This is where the anti-American movement is now. It has reached a pivotal point, where, either it progresses from this demonstration to more mass actions, or it will be bogged down in stalemate and sectarianism for years.
The next step must be a series of rolling demonstrations calling for an end to occupation, an end to sectarianism and for socio-economic improvements in the lives of the people. These should be organized in both Shia and Sunni cities. Movements must begin from
Mass social mobilisations around the slogan of freedom, against sectarianism and for improvements in socio-economic conditions for
In order to facilitate the demonstrations and strikes, citizens organizing committees should be set up which should aim to be based on grass root, neighbourhood organisations, defence forces and trade unions, which have a social and non-sectarian agenda. They should include the formation of similar committees in the Iraqi police and armed forces, who can send delegates to ensure they are united with and not used against the people. The local committees should elected delegates to form town and city wide committees, regional committees and eventually call a national, non-sectarian conference of Shiite and Sunni peoples' committees and the election of a joint Revolutionary National Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, made up of all the different and religious and regional groups.
Undoubtedly existing sectarian and religious leaders will attempt to hijack it and organizations like Al Qaeda will attack and attempt to sabotage such a movement. But a grass roots movement against the occupation, against sectarianism and for an improvement in the economic and social conditions of the Iraqi people remains the only hope of averting the bloody break-up of the nation. A mass movement across all sectors of the population would paralyse US forces and, in the face of such widespread open revolt, they would have no other option but to withdrawal.
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