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March 28, 2003 | Issue 446

FRONT PAGE

Bush's terror in Iraq
Stop this war!
There's only one word to describe the fiery hell that the U.S. government has unleashed on Baghdad and the rest of Iraq: Terror.

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NIGHTMARE IN IRAQ

Iraq Peace Team member speaks from Baghdad:
"The threat is a U.S. war"
Lisa Martens is a member of the Iraq Peace Team, an international group of antiwar activists who remained in Baghdad to show their opposition to the U.S. war. She talked to Socialist Worker on the day the missiles began to fall.

"This is a defenseless country"
SW talked to Jeremy Scahill, an independent journalist and correspondent for Democracy Now!, who spent most of the last six months in Iraq.

Doubts among soldiers and relatives
"Bush took my only son"
Even the haze of patriotism from the media propaganda machine hasn't silenced the doubts about a war among millions of people in the U.S.--including soldiers and their relatives.

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ANALYSIS OF THE WAR

Seizing oil and killing Iraqis
They call this "liberation"?
They promised a bloodless, high-tech war, with U.S. soldiers welcomed as liberators. Instead, Bush and the Pentagon brass have plunged the U.S. into a savage war of conquest.

Cranking up their lie machine
It was an inevitable part of Washington's war plan. As Socialist Worker went to press, U.S. forces had "discovered" not one, but two suspected chemical weapons factories on their march toward Baghdad.

Will the U.S. betray the Kurds again?
The U.S. is betraying the Kurds--again. While publicly demanding that Turkey not invade Iraqi Kurdistan, Washington turned a blind eye as Turkish troops beefed up their presence in Iraqi territory.

Exposing the truth about U.S. claims
Manufacturing a case for war
Socialist Worker looks behind the myths about the supposed justification for Bush's war--Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction."

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MOVEMENT AGAINST THE WAR

Protests erupt across the U.S. as war begins
No war for oil and empire
Hundreds of thousands of people--in dozens of cities, from every walk of life, in actions large and small--took to the streets in the days after the U.S. launched its bloody attack on Iraq.

Protesters shut down Chicago's Lake Shore Drive
Taking the streets
David Whitehouse was arrested during an emergency demonstration in Chicago. Here, he describes the protest--and the night of discussion in jail.

Mother of an activist killed in Palestine speaks out
"Rachel was passionate about justice"
On March 16, 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, a Palestinian rights activist, was run over by an Israeli bulldozer as she and others tried to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes. Here, Rachel's mother Cindy talks to Socialist Worker.

Wave of protests sweeps the globe
Around the world, the U.S. war on Iraq has provoked outrage, protest and resistance.

Reports from around the world
"It's the time for action"
Socialist Worker prints excerpts from some of the reports of international antiwar activities that we've received, including accounts from Britain, Egypt, Greece and Italy.

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THE WAR AT HOME

Iraqis to be "interviewed"
A new step in the Feds' witch-hunt
The FBI is conducting "voluntary" interviews with more than 50,000 Iraqi nationals living in the U.S. in a sick new escalation of the Justice Department's "war on terror" witch-hunt.

Scalia says rights can be limited
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thinks the government can restrict our rights during war without violating the Constitution.

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DEBATE AND DISCUSSION

The scramble for oil and empire
Even before the bombs began falling, some of Corporate America's biggest companies were licking their chops at the prospect of getting the contracts to "rebuild Iraq."

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
A U.S. occupation isn't "liberation"
No doubt the Pentagon wasn't trying to be ironic when it chose "Operation Iraqi Freedom" as the name for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But like so much of the Bush administration's Orwellian rhetoric, "Iraqi freedom" and the planned U.S. military occupation of Iraq have nothing in common.

The slaughter that the U.S. Army committed in Vietnam
Massacre at My Lai
March 16 marked the 35th anniversary of one of most gruesome acts committed by the Army during the Vietnam War--the My Lai massacre, in which the Army's Charlie Company murdered 347 unarmed men, women and children.

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ON THE PICKET LINE

United uses war to attack its unions
Airline bosses are using the war on Iraq and the threat of bankruptcy to push for massive concessions from workers.

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SW READERS SPEAK OUT

How Iraqis will suffer after the U.S. invasion
Glaring malice of war
George Capaccio is an activist who has traveled to Iraq nine times since 1997, delivering medicine, toys and money to Iraqi families suffering under U.S. and UN-imposed economic sanctions. Here, he expresses his concern for friends and family in Iraq.

When the U.S. failed to act against genocide
White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer declared that the United Nations "failed to act once again" in the face of ethnic cleansing, as it had in Kosovo and Rwanda. What a sick joke!

Letters to the editor
Democrats share the blame for war; Harassed for speaking out; Where "peace" is a dangerous word

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