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.
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.