The importance of the role of Trade Unions in Iraq is reflected in the latest edition of the TUC's Iraq Bulletin which was issued on Thursday.
Amongst the items they cover are details of the current visit to this country by a delegation from the Iraqi Teachers' Union, who are guests of their equivalent Trade Unions within this country.
Today's Observer runs a telling article about the visit. Teachers have the largest single Union in Iraq and it has close links with their sister organisation in Iraqi Kurdistan.
One of the best ways to help the people of Iraq is to give practical and moral support to bodies such as their Teachers' Union via the TUC's Iraq Appeal and/or by contacting Labour Friends of Iraq (or myself as Vice President of the latter.)
It is far better than pretending that the people who kill and maim teachers, lecturers, schoolchildren and students (and who do this) are to be excused as being "freedom fighters".