Iraqis stand against violence
Shortly before The Guardian went to press it was announced that the first step in the hand-over of power to an Iraqi Government had taken place in Baghdad on June 28 — two days earlier than scheduled. But Iraq and its people continue to suffer the consequences of military invasion and occupation and a terror campaign launched by the remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime and outside terrorist forces. The mass media tends to present these attacks as popular acts of resistance to the occupation forces. A closer examination shows that while some US soldiers have been killed, the majority of deaths are Iraqis. An editorial in the weekly newspaper of the Iraqi Communist Party, Tareeq Al-Shaab, in its issue of June 19, denounced these acts of violence, often on civilian targets, in the strongest terms. The editorial said that defeating terror is an urgent patriotic task. The editorial continued: "The country has recently witnessed an escalation of violence, acts of sabotage and terror, including car bombings that have killed scores of innocent Iraqis and foreigners. "Such murders and intentional harm have exposed the true nature and designs of those who carry them out and those who stand behind them. The fig leaf that the terrorists sought to take cover behind has fallen. All attempts to give their crimes the semblance of credible resistance have failed. "The butchering of Iraqis will only provide additional pretext for those, inside and outside the country, who want to keep Iraq bleeding in order to achieve their sinister self-interested designs. "The message, deeds and aims of the terrorists are obvious to any objective observer regardless of the glorifying and drum-beating in some of the media which relish nothing more than scenes of destruction, bloodletting, scorched corpses and scattered human limbs. March of the people "However, the march of our people proceeds, albeit painfully, with optimism towards their desired goal — regaining full sovereignty and advancing the political process to its final objective of building a democratic Iraq. "It is imperative to tackle the difficulties exploited by the enemies of our people, especially the delay in transferring the responsibility for handling security to the Iraqis. "We stress the need for a comprehensive approach to the security issue. It is too complicated to be tackled solely by military means. There is urgent need for further measures and steps in all fields, including economic, political, media and mass work, and tackling unemployment and providing essential public services. "In the current conditions, it is imperative for political parties and the people to take the initiative in order to foil the schemes of terrorists and saboteurs. Regardless of different opinions and views, it is patriotic duty and our country's fate that dictate the need for co- operation and co-ordination of efforts to defeat terror and crime. "These are two grave dangers that obstruct achieving the aims of the transitional period, ending foreign occupation in all forms, eliminating the legacy of the dictatorial regime and advancing on the path of reconstruction, development, and building a unified federal democratic Iraq."