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
US imperialism is preparing a military governor to run Iraq. One of his
tasks will be to plunder the resources of the country to the benefit of
US multinationals. The people of Iraq refuse to submit and that
explains their fierce resistance to the advancing US-British forces.
Yesterday, workers throughout Bahrain were being urged to stop work for 10
minutes at 10am, in protest against the war on Iraq. The action was called by
the "Central Committee for Arab Workers" (an organisation that coordinates
several trade unions in the Arab world) at its emergency meeting over the war
held in Damascus last Thursday.
Israel is not a member of the powerful coalition, (which includes such giants as
Micronesia, Estonia and the Solomon islands) that has gone "to liberate" Iraq
under American leadership. Bush and Sharon in fact have no interest in reminding
people of the role of Israeli in this war. There are two good reasons for this.
It now appears that in many parts of Baghdad the Iraqi military forces
seem to have collapsed as a viable force of resistance. There is still
fighting in some areas and the "coalition" forces are wary of declaring
that the war is over. There may still be some surprises in the next few
days, but it is clear that we are on the verge of an important turning
point. Here Roberto Sarti compares the experience of the siege of
Beirut in 1982 by the Israeli army with what is happening today in
Baghdad lies shattered and bleeding. The bloody battle appears to be
entering a decisive phase. The final result was never in doubt, but the
time scale over which the military action would unfold and the cost in
lives could only be revealed by the march of events.