NBUFS POSITION ON THE WAR IN IRAQ: NO BLOOD FOR OIL
By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (April 12 2003)
On Saturday, April 5, 2003 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Central Committee of the National Black United Front, representing NBUF Chapters throughout America, adopted our basic draft position in opposition to the United States illegal and immoral invasion of, and war against, Iraq. In our Central Committee Meeting we received much feedback from NBUF leadership and in the coming weeks our basic opposition against the U. S. war against Iraq will be expanded and further developed. However, the following statement represents our basic position against this war.
The National Black United Front joins with the progressive forces of the world in condemning the United States government's illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. This war, fought on behalf of the corporate elite in the United States and Britain, has been widely condemned by the majority of people of African descent throughout the world. We join with our Brothers and Sisters in acknowledging that our people will not benefit from this war, and that the unchecked military aggression of the U.S. ruling clique is not in the best interests of the African world.
Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Black people in the United States oppose this war. We understand that this is a war to expand the domain of white supremacy in the world. Our people have been engaged in a battle for reparations and other rights against the same forces that are now attempting to topple the Iraqi regime. We know from history that the role of the U.S. military has never been the liberation of oppressed people. Instead the foreign policy objective of this government has been to subjugate people of African descent around the world in order to take control of their natural resources.
We have not been fooled by the justifications utilized by the Bush administration to wage the war in Iraq. George Bush and his cohorts have stated that this is a war to liberate the Iraqi people, to destroy Saddam Husseins weapons of mass destruction, and to eliminate a regime that is a direct threat to the United States. He has even hinted that Iraq may have played a role in the 9-11 attacks. In reality, none of these excuses justify the brutal invasion now taking place in Iraq. Instead of being liberated, the Iraqi people are now paying the cost with their lives of the U.S. invasion of their homeland. The U.S. military has deliberately targeted key portions of the Iraqi infrastructure such as water treatment plants and electrical power facilities. As Dr. King once said when referring to the U.S. war against Vietnam, this government must appear to others as strange liberators. The United Nations inspectors found no weapons of mass destruction after months of searching in Iraq. In fact, a former U.N. inspector revealed that most of the weapons of mass destruction that were possessed by Hussein were destroyed either during or in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War. Probably the most absurd allegation of the Bush administration is that Iraq posed a threat to the United States. The Iraqi military does not have the capacity to send bombers or missiles to this country. In the twelve years since the Gulf War, there has been absolutely no indication that any attack on the United States was being planned by the Iraqi government.
So why were Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Powell, Rice, et. al., so eager to launch an attack on Iraq? What we do know is that two-thirds of all known oil reserves in the world are in the region of the Middle East. Iraq possesses more oil than any other country in the world with the exception of Saudi Arabia. The Iraqi oil reserves, by some estimates, are equal to those of the United States, Russia, China and Mexico combined. Controlling Iraq is about controlling oil as power more so than needing oil as fuel. Control over the Persian Gulf translates into control over Europe, Japan and China, areas highly dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Therefore, we can conclude that this war is about the expansion of the American empire and white supremacy. Unfortunately, too many of our young people will lose their lives in this maniacal quest for power.
The damage done by this war is not limited to the human and material destruction taking place in Iraq. This war is estimated to cost upwards of $100 billion in its early stages. This figure does not include the cost of rebuilding the country, a process that will allow the corporate elite to benefit from fat contracts. Other immediate casualties of the war include jobs, education, health care, and the democratic rights of African people in America. As our communities suffer from neglect, billions of dollars are being poured down the drain to fight an unnecessary, unjust, and racist war. This is why we, as African people, must join with others in organizing against this war, and the future wars that will surely come as the empire builders seek to dominate the entire world.
This is not our war. Our status vis-a-vis the war, and our patriotism regarding the war effort, is similar to that of our ancestors during slavery, when Frederick Douglass asked the pertinent question, What to the slave is the Fourth of July? What Douglass said then is very appropriate now:
To the slave...your boasted liberty is an unholy license; your national greatness,
swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your shouts
of liberty and equality, hollow mock; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and
thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere
bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy a thin veil to cover up crimes
which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty
of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States
at this very hour.
The National Black United Front opposes this current war, and any future wars fought to maintain and expand white supremacy. We stand shoulder to shoulder with all peoples of the world who will stand and fight against oppression, against white supremacy, and for the total liberation of African people.
National Black United Front (NBUF)