Iraq: the Glorious Resistance strikes again

November 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm (iraq, islamism, Jim D, terror, unions, workers)

The following is a statement from the Executive Committee of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers.

The Executive Committee of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers mourns the murder of  Majiid Karim an executive member of the GFIW

As a continuation of human and trade union right violations in Iraq, terrorists have committed another heinous crime on Thursday, 26 / 11 / 2009. Brother Majid Karim, member of the Executive Committee and the head of the internal relations died when his car exploded. The enemies of democracy had attached improvised explosives to his car that led to his death.
The deceased had worked actively to organize, in the public sector, despite the anti union legislation150 of 1987, issued by the former regime of Saddam Hussein that banned workers from joining unions in the public sector. Our late colleague had contributed actively seeking to unite the trade union movement in Iraq.
The GFIW demands that the Iraqi government and its security authorities conduct an urgent investigation to uncover the circumstances of this criminal incident and bring criminals to justice in order to receive punishment.

Glory and eternity for the martyrs of the Iraqi working class.

Executive Committee
the General Federation of Iraqi Workers
27 / November / 2009

, GFIW

And there are some people – like ‘Workers Power’, and (maybe) the SWP – on the British “left” who support these killers of workers…

H/t: Will

11 Comments

  1. Jenny said,

    Judging from Lenin’s past post: http://leninology.blogspot.com/2004/10/abdullah-muhsin-iraqs-working-class.html

    I think the bombers are grouping the workers with the leaders.

  2. entdinglichung said,

    in iran, another comrade is in danger of being murdered by the state: http://zeinabj.webs.com/

  3. sackcloth and ashes said,

    The fact that Mr Karim’s foul murder has achieved no attention from supposed internationalists and friends of the working class (other than Mr Denham) speaks volumes.

    Why is it that the only mention of this crime is on Shiraz Socialist, but not in the Independent, the Guardian, or the New Statesman; and not in impassioned articles by Robert Fisk or John Pilger?

    • Alec said,

      ‘Why is it that the only mention of this crime is on Shiraz Socialist, but not …. in impassioned articles by Robert Fisk or John Pilger?’

      Would it be because they are a pair of motherfuckers?

  4. Lobby Ludd said,

    I have always thought that ‘sackcloth and ashes’ was Will, without the foul mouth.

  5. Dr Paul said,

    Do we know who actually killed him? Was it Sunni sectarian death-squads, Shia sectarian death-squads, or someone attached to the regime or the occupation?

    The ICEM site states: ‘An improvised explosive device, believed to have been timed, had been attached to his car by as yet unknown individuals.’

    This indicates a very accurately aimed assassination, not a random attack.

    Whoever did it is an enemy of the working class, someone who does not want the Iraqi workers to mobilise on a class basis. To me, this points just as much towards the regime or the occupiers, as towards religious sectarians.

  6. Jim Denham said,

    Doc: I suppose it’s just about within the realms of possibility that you’re right; but, frankly highly unlikely. I think you’re in denial and clutching at “anti-imperialist” straws. As Nye Bevan once said, why look in the crystal ball when you can read the book”?

    In other words, who has the record of murdering trade unionists – the occupiers or the “Glorious Resistance”? Who tortured and murdered Hadi Sahli, for instance?

  7. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘I have always thought that ’sackcloth and ashes’ was Will, without the foul mouth.’

    Not guilty. Our old friend from the DSTPFW used to describe me as a ‘cuntfuckpigwanker’, or words to that effect.

    ‘Do we know who actually killed him? Was it Sunni sectarian death-squads, Shia sectarian death-squads, or someone attached to the regime or the occupation?’

    Dr Paul, I suggest you do what Mr Denham suggests, which is look at the past form of the so-called ‘resistance’ when it comes to murdering trade unionists in Iraq (a number of the latter being anti-coalition in the first place, and being falsely traduced as ‘Quislings’ in the second).

  8. Lobby Ludd said,

    Mr and Ashes said:

    “‘I have always thought that ’sackcloth and ashes’ was Will, without the foul mouth.’

    Not guilty. Our old friend from the DSTPFW used to describe me as a ‘cuntfuckpigwanker’, or words to that effect. ”

    Sorry, but Will calling himself ‘cuntfuckpigwanker’ does not surprise me. All that violent obscenity seemed to come from somebody who hated himself. (Not that I’m in favour of amateur, or any, psychoanalysis.)

    Sorry, I’m not convinced, and how are you, by the way?

  9. Dr Paul said,

    Re Jim D’s comments. I’m not clutching at straws, I have never been in favour of Sunni or Shia death squads killing ordinary Iraqi citizens, I have never given support to an undifferentiated ‘resistance’ that is a mish-mash of all sorts of poitical and social forces.

    What I’m saying is that the Baghdad regime (along with the Kurdish one up north, and the various mini-Saddams who the US occupation deal with in the Sunni areas in lieu of a centralised Sunni force) is no friend of the working class, and will dispose of anyone who stands in its way. In this instance, it would be logical for it to kill someone important in the movement that is opposed to the flogging of Iraqi natural resources (oil in this case) to imperialism.

    Your insistence that it must be the ‘Resistance’, by which I suppose you mean al Qaeda or perhaps Moqtada’s Shia militia, indicates to me that you do not think that al Maliki’s regime is capable of equally awful things. Having state power in its hands surely puts it in a better position to do targetted assassinations. And it has good reason to nobble the unions. But why give it an alibi? After all, it is deeply Shia fundamentalist, and friendly with Iran — which, by my reading of your politics, should condemn it to eternal damnation in your eyes.

    But then al Maliki is not supported by the left in Britain. And there it is. Your stance here is a product of your general approach, so redolent of the Spartacist League: it’s not so much the event that is important, but what your left-wing rivals have to say about it that is really the key thing. So the assassination of a union official in Iraq is first and foremost a chance to have a poke at the local competition, in this case the hugely relevant matter of the 25 or so members of Workers Power and their minuscule Fifth International.

  10. Jim Denham said,

    Doc: you will have noticed that I’ve not questioned your loyalty to the cause of the Iraqi working class. I do however, doubt your judgement in this matter. I repeat: while it’s theoretically possible that you’re correct that it could have been “someone attached to the regime or the occupation”, I think the record speaks for itself. That vast majority of attacks on Iraqi trade unionists has been by the so-called “resistance”.

    And, actually *I* take exception to this: “it’s not so much the event that is important, but what your left-wing rivals have to say about it that is really the key thing. So the assassination of a union official in Iraq is first and foremost a chance to have a poke at the local competition.” I can assure you, Doc, that my (and the AWL’s) concern to solidarise with Iraqi trade unionists (including trade unionists with whom we have political disagreements) is most certainly *not* motivated by a desire to “have a poke” at rival UK political groups. I find it quite offensive that you should suggest that. However, I think we’re within our rights to point out that it’s a fucking disgrace that sections of the British “left” have been equivocal in their solidarity with the Iraqi workers movement. But making that point has most certainly *not* been our motivation.

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