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Blowing up Iraqi civilians is not "resistance"
on 2 January 2004
Tariq Ali has set out to present a case that there has been a consistent pattern of "resistance to imperialism" in Iraq over the past 80 years or so. In doing so, he selectively presents a series of poetry and selectively presents political history in order to exaggerate the strength and importance of the Iraqi Communist Party.
Reality is far, far more complex. Far from being "tribal groups", for example, the Kurdish parties are relatively sophisticated, as is the Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, both of which supported the US intervention against Saddam, although they did so guardedly.
It is important to point out the dangers of the "neo-conservative" clique running the White House, but this should not lead us to conclude, with Tariq Ali, that the ex-Baathists and al-Qaeda people now blowing up Iraqis (as well as American soldiers) are somehow noble "resistors".
Form my own visits to Baghdad and other parts of Iraq this year, I would say that most people against the Americans leaving too soon. They want some kind of stable political structure in place first. Tariq Ali has nothing to say about this.