- Created: Thursday, 07 May 2009 10:17
- Written by Trevor Rayne
FRFI 172 April / May 2003
British armed forces have launched their twenty-ninth separate military intervention in the Middle East since the end of the Second World War. In five of the past nine decades the Royal Air Force has bombed Iraq. This repeated violence has been used to build and sustain British imperial power in the interests of British capitalism, often at the expense of other imperialist powers. The latest war on Iraq reveals and accelerates the tendency of imperialism towards inter-imperialist rivalry: the rivalry that brought two world wars. TREVOR RAYNE reports.
The obscenity of this war is demonstrated in the statistics: Iraq’s gross domestic product (GDP) is $15 billion. The US’s GDP is $10.2 trillion or about 700 times bigger than Iraq’s. The US’s military expenditure is almost $400 billion. Iraq’s military expenditure is $1.4 billion or 0.35% of the US’s.