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[casi-analysis] IFTU

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I read Dirk Adrieansens account of the outrage against the IFTU at last
weekend's ESF.

I hope my comments on the matter are useful.

When Sadam Hussein's regime fell, there was no effective independent
state of Iraq left, because Iraq had been ruled by the Baathist for so
long. The US and UK had to organise the functions of the state which
were necessary for Iraq. As to date, they appear not to have created
sufficient civic society to run Iraq properly as a normal state would.
It is obvious that only those that support the occupation of Iraq are
allowed to 'participate'  in running Iraq.

In the mean time the resistance to the occupation grows. For sure the US
will never be able to create an Iraqi state that is wholly compliant.
The longer the occupation continues, the more unstable Iraq becomes, and
the more support for the resistance will grow , not just in Iraq, but in
other countries too, not least the Arab states.

The state of Iraq in the civic sense must be rebuilt, whatever the
circumstances, because nation building is an ongoing and evolving process.

If there is lack of democracy in organisations set up by the occupying
powers, than the obvious tactic is to pressure for democracy within
those institutions, and to build alternatives societies, if necessary,
undeground organisations.

We can all participate in putting pressures on those with power in Iraq
to make them more democratic, more participatory, more open, etc etc.
This sort of activity is good for Iraq, which has not enjoyed open
democratic institutions.

I am reminded of the struggle against apartheid. There were outlawed
organisations, and also organisations which engaged in civic struggle,
like COSATU.

Understandably, the resistance to occupation will be primarily para
military. But the more civic society grows, the better for the
independence of Iraq and democracy in Iraq.

After all, even under Sadam Hussein, it was the Iraqis who worked as
police, teachers, engineers, workers, soldiers, farmers, doctors, etc etc.

What the trade unions can do in this country is to continue highlighting
the human rights abuses and slaughter happening in Iraq, and also to
support the just and free demands of  the both organised and unorganised
workers in health and safety, wages and conditions, women's
rights, etc etc etc. These struggles are important  for the future of Iraq.

Socialism in Iraq won't emerge spontaneously, but as a result of the
anti imperialist struggle and the civic struggles of the Iraqi people. I
am sure that if any Iraqi gets rich as a result of the occupation, it
won't be the workers and farmers.

Such demands and campaigns will invariably become a serious problem for
US corporations and occupation, if they have widespread support within Iraq.

I have faith in the Iraqis to govern themselves democratically. It is
important for them to keep their morale high and to keep believing in
themselves however hard things get.

Lila Patel,  member of the Transport and General Workers Union.

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