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.
Sometime last May a triumphant George W. Bush hired an aircraft carrier (at
the tax payer's expense) to announce to the nation that the war in Iraq was over
and America had won. Just four months later a more sober George Bush, his feet
now firmly on dry land, faced the television cameras to inform the American
public that they were in for a long, hard haul in Iraq, that they would have to
put up with a lot of pain and expense before the show was over.
The robbery of Iraq's national assets was formally legalised last Sunday. The
American-appointed Iraqi National Council has opened up all sectors of the
economy to foreign investors. From now on, all the strategic sectors of the
economy can be sold off completely to foreign buyers.
Opposition to the presence of foreign troops is not merely expressed in
the daily attacks on US soldiers. Now there are signs of a growing
militant mood among the Iraqi workers. The number of strikes has been
increasing. By Roberto Sarti. (October 28, 2003).
Bush is now in Britain on the first state visit of a US president to this country in eighty years. The trip was obviously planned long ago and when it was organised Blair probably was not aware of how strong the antiwar mood in Britain would become. But the consistent lies on the part of both Blair and Bush have convinced even many of those who initially went along with their arguments that the whole war was totally unjustified. It has exposed the real reasons for the occupation of Iraq - to get their hands on the oil and to achieve a strategically important position in the Middle East.
Saddam Hussein has been captured. On Saturday, US troops finally caught the man who had eluded them for months. The Americans could not conceal their euphoria. Paul Bremer, the imperial proconsul in charge of occupied Iraq opened the long anticipated press conference with the words: "Ladies and gentlemen, we've got him." The capture of Saddam Hussein may give Bush and Blair a temporary respite. But nothing fundamental has changed and none of the basic problems have been solved. The fighting will continue as before, or even get worse.