ONE REASON for Labour getting ’a good kicking’ in the 10 June elections was opposition to Blair’s war and occupation of Iraq.

It is the US presidential election campaign which is governing US policy half a world away in Iraq.

The occupation of Iraq has developed into a deepening crisis for US imperialism and President Bush. The present headache concerns the new Iraqi government due to take office from 30 June - an attempted fig leaf to cover Bush’s responsibility for the catastrophic developments.

Saddam’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison is now a US-run centre for the subjugation of the Iraqi people.

"The photos that lost Bush the war". That was how one US commentator referred to the images of torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops. Beamed across the globe, these appalling photos have provoked international outrage.

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