The war drums are being beaten once again in Fallujah. After the siege
in April this year, the city will again be the scene of an onslaught,
probably bigger than last time. During the last weeks, the US forces
stepped up their daily air raids while at the same time applying heavy
psychological warfare tactics. Threatening to crush the resistance, US
imperialism is now actually heading steadily for an all-out assault on
On the day of the elections the media led us to believe there had been
a massive turnout, with pictures of Iraqis celebrating “democracy”. Now
the real figures are out and the turnout was shown to be well below
50%, even 30%. As they lied about the reasons for the war, why not lie
about the elections as well?
On the face of it, the siege of Fallujah seems to be going relatively
well for the US troops. Most of the city has been captured and
according to the mass media “Operation Phantom Fury” will be finished
in a couple of days. However, things are not so simple. The war in Iraq
was also supposed to be over, whereas it clearly is not. The same
applies to Fallujah, where an official victory may well turn out to be
a Pyrrhic one.
The Black Watch regiment was clearly moved to Baghdad for political reasons. Blair wanted to help Bush in the US elections and also prove that British troops are needed in Iraq. Once again he has lied to the British public and he has shown that he is prepared to risk the lives of ordinary soldiers to achieve his own political objectives. Not by Christmas! The troops should be pulled out now.
Some American Republicans are calling for the resignation of Kofi Annan as UN general secretary. The alleged reasons are accusations of corruption. As always the real reason lies elsewhere. It is part of the onging conflict between the major powers over the war in Iraq.