On the eve of the war in Iraq, George W. Bush talked about a "crusade".
He was obviously quite pleased with himself for having thought of such
a catchy phrase. But he was quickly silenced by his advisers, who
pointed out to him that the word "crusade" has very unfortunate
associations for the Moslem world.
Yesterday's UN resolution provided the "legal framework" which allows
the US and Britain to run Iraq as they please. Fred Weston looks at the
meaning of the resolution while US companies prepare to loot Iraq.
When President Bush stated on May 1 that combat operations had ended in
Iraq, for most of the American people it seemed the war was over. It is
not. The behaviour of the US forces is looking increasingly like that
in Vietnam. Villages and towns are raided, where every one is
considered an enemy and a potential target for besieged troops in a
foreign and hostile country.
As the US discusses the future of Iraq with its friends and allies from
all over the world, the opposition movement to US occupation is growing
and within this the old Communist traditions are once again beginning
to take root. It is not just Islamic fundamentalism that is growing in
The situation in Iraq and the whole of the Middle East is far from
being stabilised. The very fact that there is an army of occupation
right in the heart of the region has opened up a completely new
scenario. But is not just in the Middle East that the occupation of
Iraq is having widespread repercussions. In the USA and the UK, the two
countries that are occupying Iraq, the situation is getting worse for
their respective governments.
Apparently as one enters Baghdad from the west there is graffiti on the walls
that says "Welcome to the Republic of Darkness and Unemployment". The
devastation of Iraq's economy and infrastructure makes that statement literally
true. The war in Iraq has solved nothing from the standpoint of US imperialism, instead
it has ushered in a period of even greater instability throughout the Middle
East and on a world scale.