By Conor Payne
The G8 is taking place in the context of Bush and Blair’s ongoing occupation of Iraq, which has been a disaster for the Iraqi people. 655,000 Iraqis and over 3,000 US soldiers have died since the invasion began.
The occupation has unleashed a wave of sectarian violence which is tearing the country apart. Poverty and unemployment have significantly increased with one in five Iraqis living on less than $1 a day.
Atrocities such as the massacre of civilians by US troops at Haditha and the brutal torture at Abu-Ghraib prison have exposed the coalition’s lies about “democracy” and “liberation.” The war and occupation were always about the interests of big business, particularly the oil industry, and increasing the power of US Imperialism. Iraq is being “rebuilt” not in the interests of Iraqi workers and peasants but in the interest of multinational corporations.
This occupation has lost all support in Iraq and internationally. 82% of Iraqis are “strongly opposed” to the presence of coalition troops. In the US a majority now support the withdrawal of US troops and Bush’s popularity has plummeted.
All those opposed to the occupation should use the G8 as an opportunity to make their voices heard and demand the removal of all US and British troops from Iraq.