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.
The media are busy informing us that the war in Iraq is practically over, bar a few "mopping up operations". It is clear that now the central command of the Iraqi army has collapsed. As is always the case, as it becomes abundantly clear that the war is lost, the top officers flee to save their skins and abandon the lower ranks. These have fought bravely in many instances against overwhelming odds. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers have lost their lives in a desperate attempt to stop the invaders. Thousands of others have abandoned any attempt to stop the unstoppable.
The media has shown a lot of pictures of looting in Iraq, especially in the
days immediately following the fall of the regime. Of course, the real looting was taking place in a much more organised and
systematic manner. The first things the US military “secured” were the
oilfields, underlining why they were really there.
“We can have just our usual flag with the white stripes painted black
and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones.” (Mark Twain).
“With the ramrod as instrument, ‘Freedom’ is to be jammed down the
throats of the insurgent patriots whom our expansionist capitalists
insult with the name of ‘insurgents’.” (Daniel De Leon).