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Issue #1616      October 30, 2013

Iraqi Communist Party

Message of Greeting to the 12th National Congress of the CPA

Dear Comrades,

We convey our warmest greetings to the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Australia, wishing all the delegates every success in their deliberations. We also seize this opportunity to express our gratitude for your party’s internationalist solidarity with Iraqi Communists, democrats and people.

Your National Congress, which is held under the slogan “Active and United for a Socialist Australia”, is taking place in a climate of deepening financial and economic crisis of capitalism, and a vicious onslaught by the ruling classes, posing enormous challenges to the workers and people in Australia and all over the world.

We are confident that your Congress will contribute to strengthening your fraternal party as well as developing effective opposition to the attack on the social gains achieved by the labour movement and people of Australia. The united action of progressive forces in Australia and internationally will contribute to the fight against neo-liberalism and imperialist schemes and wars, as well as promoting socialist ideas and goals. This is closely interconnected with strengthening international solidarity against the warmongering policies of imperialism, and the need to provide genuine support for ongoing struggles all over the world for peace, freedom, democracy and social progress.

Dear Comrades,

No country in the Middle East has been immune to the impact of the storms of change that have swept the region since early 2011, although each country has had its own particulars and details. This broad movement for change has demonstrated once again that the big, radical and fundamental events and transformations are made by peoples with their own free will, when they become aware of their interests. People were, and shall remain, the makers of history.

There is no doubt also that the popular mass action and uprisings were not in isolation from the crises caused by the policies of economic “openness” and neo-liberalism, and the running of the economy according to the recipes of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which have produced the phenomena of polarisation of wealth, the marginalisation of millions of people, the spread of unemployment and deteriorating living conditions.

The mass popular uprisings and movements in the region have undoubtedly achieved successes and have overthrown regimes that had seemed well entrenched. It is now certain that the situation will not return to what it was before January 2011. But there is still a long path ahead for the popular masses that have risen up.

It is a difficult path, full of struggles between those who want to usurp, parasitically, the fruits of the people’s struggle, and those who want to lead the mass popular movement to its victorious end, and achieve the alternative desired by the people: democratic civil regimes in which the people enjoy social justice. This is clearly borne out by the recent uprising of the Egyptian people against the rule of the reactionary Muslim Brotherhood.

As pointed out in discussions and joint positions adopted by fraternal parties in the Middle East during the past two years, utmost vigilance is required towards the schemes of imperialist, Zionist and reactionary quarters which aim to sabotage the revolutionary upsurge of Arab peoples. It is of utmost importance to reject and resist all the efforts by US imperialism and its allies, through NATO or other means, to ignite wars and military interventions in order to achieve their objectives to dominate the region and subjugate its peoples.

It is therefore essential to activate the role of the Left in the social movement, and to develop a critical political vision towards the existing regimes in the area. The principal objective of the program for change adopted by the Left should be the establishment of a national democratic regime with a socialist orientation that would constitute an alternative to subservient and dependent regimes. In this context, the Left should strive to mobilise the workers, peasants and progressive intellectuals and other social strata in a mass movement to achieve real democratic change.

The main tasks of this movement include struggle for the closely interconnected aspects of democracy: political democracy and social democracy. Achieving democracy and building a state of law, and institutions based on the principles of citizenship, is the guarantee for averting sectarian divisions. In this respect, defending human rights, especially women’s rights, and fundamental democratic and trade union rights, is of great importance for the Left, as they are part and parcel of the big national issues.

Dear Comrades,

The ending of the American military presence in our country, at the end of 2011, was a victory for the will of the Iraqi people. It was an important step along the path of regaining full independence and national sovereignty. It came about as a result of a unified popular stance and national consensus. Our Communist Party had rejected all attempts to maintain foreign military presence on Iraqi territory, under any pretext or title. We also believe that one of the prerequisites for full sovereignty is to end Iraq’s subjugation to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, and to stand firmly against the covetous designs of some of the neighbouring countries that are exploiting Iraq’s difficult situation and chaos.

Iraq has been engulfed in a deep political crisis that has continued since the parliamentary elections in March 2010. Its roots lie in the sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system that has existed since 2003. The crisis has opened up the door for increased interference by external forces, especially the US and regional forces. It has also exposed the agenda of the ruling political forces and their fighting to maintain positions in political power and privileges, while the people’s suffering and anger intensify as a result of the rampant unemployment, corruption, poor public services, health and education, in addition to the deteriorating security situation.

Our party has supported the mass popular protest movements that called for radical reform and were characterised by active participation of youth. These movements exposed the anti-democratic policies of the rulers and the bankruptcy of sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system. They also demanded firm measures against the scourge of corruption. Our party strongly condemned government interference in the affairs of workers’ unions, professional associations and civil society organisations. Thousands of workers participated in free trade union elections in September and October 2012, despite the provocations and threats by influential ruling groups that attempted to falsify the will of workers and impose their hegemony over the unions. These elections were culminated by holding a national conference of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers on November 6, 2012.

More recently, our country has witnessed a new episode of the political crisis, posing a grave danger that threatens civil peace and Iraq’s national fabric. Our Party has called upon the government to respond, in a speedy and serious manner, to the just and legitimate demands of the people, and warned against resorting to violence against peaceful demonstrations. The Party has also warned in recent days against the danger of the country sliding once again into sectarian strife, and has called for urgent action by the democratic forces and for popular initiatives to safeguard Iraq’s national unity.

Dear Comrades,

Our party, which represents the main force of the Left in Iraq, has exerted relentless efforts to achieve unity in action of the democratic forces. It has played a leading role in setting up the Democratic Current, which was launched in Baghdad in October 2011. The party is striving to transform it into an effective principal force in the ongoing intensified struggle over the future of Iraq. This vision requires greater efforts to involve the trade union movement and democratic organisations, especially those of women, youth, students and other civil society organisations, in mass struggles to defend human and democratic rights of workers and people.

The party, along with the Democratic Current, was actively involved in recent months in setting up broad democratic civil electoral coalitions in Baghdad and other provinces which contested the provincial elections that took place on April 20, 2013. These coalitions have won 10 seats in 8 provinces. This modest but politically significant success provides a good basis for developing a broad democratic civil coalition to contest the forthcoming parliamentary elections in 2014.

We believe that overcoming the crisis of the sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system in Iraq can only be achieved by changing the political balance of forces in society, in favour of the supporters of a national democratic plan that calls for establishing a democratic civil state on the basis of the principle of citizenship, freedoms and social justice.

Dear Comrades,

We look forward to strengthening and developing the warm internationalist ties between our party and the Communist Party of Australia, in the joint struggle for freedom, democracy, social progress, and socialism.

With our best wishes for a successful 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Australia

With warmest comradely greetings,

Central Committee
Iraqi Communist Party

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