The Guardian April 9, 2003


Statement of the CC of the Tudeh Party of Iran
End the disastrous war

With the launching of rocket attacks by US military forces in the early 
morning of Thursday March 20, the war against Iraq aimed at a "regime 
change" entered its final stage. Continuing air strikes and bombardment of 
Baghdad and other main cities of Iraq is a disaster the result of which not 
only affects the innocent people of Iraq but also seriously endangers the 
future of the countries within the whole region.

Worldwide reporting of this inhumane and illegal war which has been named 
"Shock and Awe" by US leaders and described as "unparalleled in history" by 
general Tommy Franks, the US operation chief, has caused anger and 
revulsion among supporters of peace and human rights.

By bombing residential areas, hospital and deploying terrifying weaponry of 
which large numbers of civilians, among them children, are the victims, US 
military forces have indicated they are willing to topple Saddam's ruling 
dictatorship at any price.

During these crucial times, by actively participating in the anti-war 
movement we extend our fraternal solidarity with the people of Iraq and its 
progressive forces including the Communist Party of Iraq.

Based on explicit statements made by Tony Blair, the British Prime 
Minister, the objective of the coalition of the warmongering countries is 
that the outcome of the "Shock and Awe" approach  the speed and the 
extent of its destruction  should make all forces opposing imperialism 
realise that the same fate is awaiting them.

War against Iraq is a precursor to the "new order" that imperialism is 
planning to impose on the world.

By broadcasting sanitised and controlled television images from the war 
front, and effectively turning this tragedy into a lengthy war movie, 
imperialism attempts to neuturalise people's anti-war sentiments  and to 
persuade world opinion that any opposition to its mighty military machine 
is futile.

Working people and progressive forces of all countries have organised an 
unprecedented and massive movement against war and for a just peace.

The first phase of the war that is being waged along our homeland's western 
borders, including landing a number of rockets inside Iran, has raised 
concern among progressive forces in our country.

According to several world news agencies, in recent days there have been 
efforts by high-ranking officials from Iran and Turkey (a NATO member) for 
co-ordinating their policies toward the war and especially with regard to 
the situation in Kurdistan.

Also a secret mission by a senior American official to Tehran, and his 
extensive discussion with senior officials from the Government and the 
National Security Council, reflect the nature of adventurous and dangerous 
position which is taken against our national interests by the leaders of 
the theocratic regime in Iran.

We condemn the direct and indirect actions of the leaders of Iran's regime 
in co-ordination with the American and British military invasion of Iraq, 
and Turkey's adventurous campaign in Iraqi Kurdistan.

We warn the people of our country against the consequences of the regime's 
policies, which are opposed to our national interests and must be exposed.

The disastrous consequences of the war against Iraq and all its aspects 
seriously threaten not only the existence and the sovereignty of our 
neighbouring country but also the political stability and security of the 
Middle East and the Persian Gulf.

The US's decision to start this war without the agreement of the United 
Nations and against worldwide public opinion has confronted the existing 
framework of international relations and the UN with an unprecedented 
crisis of legitimacy. Any collaboration with these policies would run 
contrary to our national interests.

The decision of the governments of the United States and Britain in 
starting a war, which clearly violates the UN's Charter and international 
law, and in light of unprecedented worldwide antiwar protests  once again 
demonstrates the warmongering essence of the imperialism and its dissonance 
with the will of the people.

Iran's progressive and democratic forces cannot under any circumstances 
agree with a military invasion and imposition of "regime change" by the 
imperialist forces, whether in Iraq or in any other country, including 
Iran.

The Tudeh Party of Iran, along with all the supporters of peace in our 
country, calls upon the people and the working masses of Iran to raise the 
banner of peace in order to inhibit the ability of the warmongers within 
and outside our country.

The Tudeh Party of Iran believes that the working masses of the world can 
stop this dangerous adventurism. With our deep conviction in the 
instinctive peace loving nature of the working class movement and in the 
necessity of the working masses to unite, we propose that the communist 
parties and the international trade union movement take specific steps in 
co-ordinating a worldwide campaign against the war.

The Tudeh Party of Iran is asking its members, supporters and friends, 
wherever they are, to fully support the anti-war movement. The struggle for 
peace is inseparable from the struggle for democracy and socialism.

The Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran, March 22, 2003

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