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Iraq: civil war « Previous | |Next »
October 3, 2004

As I understand it Falluja, a besieged city of 300,000 people, is under daily aerial attack from the US; parts of Sadr City, the poorest neighbourhood of Baghdad, are being reduced to rubble; and US forces have launched a military offensive to seize back control of the Sunni Muslim city of Samarra. Many Iraqi civilians are being killed as the popular resistance to US occupation grows, as the US tries to regain control of insurgent areas.

It is perfectly clear that Chalabi's puppet regime cannot handle situation by taking it off Bush's hands.

Steve Bell

Britain is morally and politically responsible for the current US bombardment of Iraqi cities. Britain could announce a phased British withdrawal. Yet Tony Blair has not done so.

The Iraqi resistance is challenging the authority of the West, I heard John Howard say on the radio the other morning. The tough leader on national security continues to back the continued bloody occupation. His lines are those of the imperial president: We will stay the course, I'm tough, I'm not going to take it and I don't need to deal with international summits and all that UN stuff.

It is doubtful that razing Fallujah will end the carbombings and restore security.

Insurgent areas being re-taken to restore normalcy implies a guerrilla war. In this kind of war, as we learnt over in Vietnam, the real struggle is over popular support. This is a struggle that the Bush administration, Blair and Howard are badly losing. A guerrilla war implies civil war.

In a guest spot over Informed Comment Keith Watenpaugh writes:

"The daily car-bombings and drive-by shootings, the assassinations, kidnappings and beheadings, the guerilla attacks on coalition and pro-US Iraqi forces, the establishment of no-go areas in central Iraq, precise and not-so precise bombing raids on civilian urban centers, intense ethnic tensions in those areas bordering Syria and Turkey and the cold-war between the Kurds and the rest of Iraq may not as yet fulfill the normative definition of civil war employed by political scientists, but it must be close."

Keith says we (the US and its allies) are at war with Iraqi society and Iraqi society is a war with itself. He adds that "this statement should be the central principle for understanding what is happening in Iraq and contribute how we respond to the needs of Iraq’s people."
| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:19 AM | | Comments (0)