In the first hours of the present war it became immediately evident
that the systematic manipulation of public opinion was a weapon in the
hands of London and Washington which is being deployed in the same way
as the Cruise and Tomahawk missiles. This is a very necessary activity.
US imperialism shows its teeth, but for the sake of public consumption,
it must appear in a most civilized and acceptable light.
article was written in the early stages of the present war. Unfortunately for
technical reasons its publication was delayed. It gives an interesting
perspective as it was written by Marxists in Turkey, a country closely involved
in what is unfolding in Iraq.
In spite of the huge propaganda machine that has been set up it is
quite clear that the war on Iraq is not going according to plan. They
are meeting stiffer resistance and are losing greater casualties than
expected. A heavy backlash is being prepared.
The imperialist attack on Iraq is provoking a wave of anger across the
whole of the Middle East and risks destablising a whole series of
reactionary Arab regimes. After only one week since the war started,
the entire Arab world is in complete turmoil.
The war now determines everything. It is the most decisive element in
the equation of world politics. It is reshaping the map of
international diplomacy and profoundly modifying the web of world
relations established since 1945. Its reverberations will be felt for