In the past quarter century, we have seen the United States government lead the imperialist military charge against Iraq on two occasions. The combined efforts of the Gulf War and Iraq War equate to over a decade of direct warfare, and have left hundreds of thousands of innocent people dead.
Despite all of this bloodshed, we again find ourselves on the precipice of another armed conflict in Iraq.
Over the past month, an offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has left large portions of the country under their control and the future of the US-created Iraqi government in question. While President Obama has officially declared that the United States “will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq”, to trust his word would be an act of lunacy. The presence of U.S. military advisers and the strong possibility of air strikes by the United States, coupled with the growing call for military intervention by members of Congress, can only be seen as forerunners to what lies ahead.
As with any of the past imperialist attacks by the United States, the Socialist Party USA remains opposed to military intervention in Iraq. We will never accept the lie that peace for the Iraqi people can be found through the barrel of a U.S. soldier’s machine gun or the explosion of a Hellfire missile. The working class has been sold this lie many times before with nothing to show for it but suffering for us and higher profits for the capitalists.
Peace, both in Iraq and internationally, will only come when capitalism has been relegated to history books and bad memories. We, as an international working class, must set out to topple the current order and build a new society of freedom, equality, and solidarity; in a word: socialism. Otherwise, we are destined to continue this viscous cycle of death and destruction.