Nobody knows for sure how many were slaughtered on the road from Kuwait back into Iraq in one infamous instance of the Gulf War of 1991; tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe? A press-ganged conscript Iraqi army fleeing bumper to bumper with civilian men, women and children. Then the British and American jetfighters arrived, circled, and the slaughter began...
of British and American bombers to attack targets around Baghdad
in mid-February was a fitting celebration of the tenth anniversary
of the ‘end’ of the war against Iraq in February 1991.
Ten years ago, Desert Storm, the military operation of the UN
coalition of 29 countries led by the US, was unleashed against
Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait. It was supposed to be in
defence of ‘international law’ and ‘world peace’.
The ICC held its 13th Congress at the beginning of April, at a time marked by the acceleration of history, as dying capitalism confronts one of the most difficult and dangerous periods of modern history, comparable in gravity to the two world wars, the upsurge of the proletarian revolution in 1917-19, or the Great Depression of 1929. The seriousness of the situationiousness of the situation is determined by sharpening contradictions at every level:
Franco-German public TV channel Arte recently ran a long
documentary with the eloquent title: "Les dessous de la
guerre du Golfe" (which translates something like "The
truth behind the Gulf War). At the same time as the documentary, a
number of articles appeared in various weeklies full of
"revelations" about the preparation and execution of the
war. The title of the French weekly Marianne (22/28 January
2001) was even more explicit: "The lies about the Gulf War".
Why are these "revelations" coming out now, ten years
after the event? Why, after the tons of lies during the war, that
accompanied the tons of bombs, are some fractions of the
bourgeoisie bringing into the open the criminal manoeuvring by the
elder Bush's administration in the preparation, setting up, and
conduct of the war, from the outset in the summer of 1990 until
February 1991 and even to this very day?