SocialismToday           Socialist Party magazine

Issue 74 April-May 2003


Socialism Today issue 74 - cover - Bush the mad axeman splits the worldEditorial: The occupation of Iraq

Saddam's regime has crumbled (as we go to press, 11 April) under the impact of the US-British invasion, though fierce, sporadic fighting continues in Baghdad and other cities. Scenes of Saddam’s statues being torn down have been beamed around the world to convey images of ‘liberation’. But covering the tottering monument with the US Stars and Stripes, however briefly, also signalled the arrival of an occupying power.


The scramble for spoils

The fate of Iraq as a US protectorate is already foreshadowed by emerging US plans for post-war reconstruction and the handing out of lucrative reconstruction contracts to a favoured handful of US corporations. At the same time, leaks from the State Department reveal that Washington has already drawn up plans for the privatisation of Iraq’s state-owned national oil company, which will allow Big Oil to grab the country’s huge oil assets.


Oil imperialism

IN A US Central Command briefing on 22 March, General Franks reviewed the military objectives of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’. Seventh on the list was “to secure Iraq’s oil fields and resources”. In fact, two days previously US and British special forces had taken control of the key oil and gas installations on the al-Faw peninsula. In truth, that was the first objective of the US-led invasion.



Why not take out an annual subscription online, and receive Socialism Today every month?

Cover cartoon: Alan Hardman




Can Blair win the peace?
Will there be an 'Iraq factor' for Tony Blair? Hannah Sell looks at post-war prospects

Scotland's elections
The Scottish Socialist Party could make a big breakthrough in May, argues Philip Stott

Politics of the anti-war movement
Ken Smith looks at some of the debates that took place in the Stop the War Coalition


Stalin's shadow
How the press covered the 50th anniversary of the dictator's death

Under US occupation
Japan in the aftermath of World War II

Rewriting history
World War I right-wing myth-making


Bush & Blair war criminals; Kollantai; Trotsky