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
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.