When the coalition
forces marched into Baghdad
in March 2003, the imperialists were full of confidence. The things they
were going to do! Intoxicated by the power of their military machine, they
predicted a glowing future for Iraq
and the Middle East. How different things are
Five years after the invasion of Iraq all the lies cooked up by
Blair and Bush at the time have been exposed for what they were. They cannot
hide the terrible suffering and destruction they have inflicted on the people
And to make things worse they have even failed in their avowed aim of
establishing what they define as a "democracy".
Since the first Gulf War the US and UK have been using Depleted Uranium
(DU) weaponry. DU has a half-life of 1.5 billion years, can result in
cancerous tumors and
genetic mutations, and pass from mother to unborn child, resulting in
defects. This reveals not only the depths of
imperialist barabarity, mocking the idea of 'the rules of war', but
demonstrates with painful acuteness capitalism's inability to regard
Continuing with his
analysis of the world situation, Alan Woods looks at the growing crisis in the
Middle East. Explaining the interdependence of everything on a world scale, he
points out how the war in Iraq affects the United States and other countries,
and how this affects the developing revolution in Latin America.
The Pentagon is continuing intensive planning for a possible bombing attack on Iran. These preparations began already last year, by order of the President. In other words, the decision has already been arrived at. All that Bush is waiting for is a suitable opportunity to put it into practice.
In the same way that the revolutionary movement depends at
critical moments on the quality of the leadership, so the outcome of a war,
such as the war in Iraq,
can be decisively influenced by the political and military leadership of the
bourgeoisie. Bush is now acting against the interests of the class he is
supposed to represent.