- Created: Saturday, 24 March 2018 19:36
- Written by Toby Harbertson
‘Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, [a Pentagon official] said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.’
– Former Supreme NATO Allied Commander General Wesley Clark, Winning Modern Wars (2003)
On 20 March 2003, 45,000 British troops, alongside 248,000 troops from the US, and soldiers from around 40 other countries launched a devastating invasion of Iraq which was to go on to kill up to 1 million Iraqi people (Physicians for Social Responsibility, March 2015). Fifteen years on the entire region has become engulfed in war, driven by the murderous actions and interests of imperialism. These fifteen years of unbroken imperialist-waged and sponsored war are an expression of the deepening crisis of the imperialist system. The major imperialist powers are compelled to assert their domination over the region and its strategic resources (60% of known oil reserves and 41% of natural gas reserves) and location. The resulting chaos has led the US, Britain, and their allies, to become more and more drawn into deeply destructive wars with unmanageable consequences such as the ‘migration crisis’ and the rise of Islamic State (IS) jihadists. The imperialist strategy has met continual and increasing resistance, but US and British imperialism have made their long-term military commitment to the region clear. Of the seven targets listed in the quotation above, none has been untouched by imperialist subversion, with three of them devastated by imperialism since 2003.