The western alliance is now deeply fractured on the question of war
with Iraq. Divisions within the Security Council are growing. France
and Germany have pledged to try to prevent a war, even if that means
not supporting America in a UN vote. Does this negate what we wrote
concerning the position of France and Russia? Not at all. It was always
clear that the French, Russians and Germans were opposed to the policy
of the USA in relation to Iraq. They have different interests and
therefore different policies. That was never in doubt. But the point is
that this will not deflect the American imperialists from carrying out
their declared aims.
The words of George Bush’s annual state-of-the-union address were full
of lofty sentiments. But the President aims were more prosaic. There is
growing opposition at home to his war plans. And half way through his
first term of office, his popularity ratings are falling. He is worried
that he may not get re-elected in two years’ time.