Yesterday’s bomb attacks in Iraq have brought the plight of the Iraqi people back into the attention of the whole world. It reminds everyone of the terrible mess that the US-UK war against Saddam Hussein has provoked. Iraq was no threat to anyone. That has been abundantly demonstrated now. So what has been achieved?
Iraq is in flames. Insurrections and fighting have spread across the country.
The US-led coalition is fighting a desperate war on two-fronts: against Sunni
rebels concentrated in the western towns of Falluja and Ramadi and a Shia
uprising in south and central Iraq. This is just three months before the US is
due to transfer power to an Iraqi government and the situation is deteriorating
with every passing day.
The US army is now faced with a general insurrectionary upsurge all over
Iraq. This marks a qualitative change in the situation. This week has seen the
heaviest fighting since the end of the war, with the US losing 33 soldiers in
three days. By last night, the troops which overthrew Saddam Hussein a year ago
this week, had been driven from five Iraqi cities after heavy fighting.